I have taken the train a few times since my review, and its always been fun, but the most recent ride was not very pleasant! The train made a loud high pitched squealing brake noise all the way to Casella! It was pretty intolerable! Views are magnificent, the city below is truly amazing and I enjoy the little town of Casella, although if you go over the Italian lunch time, all the shops are closed and there isn’t much to do, but enjoy lunch at one of the 3-4 restaurants in the town. It’s nearly completely closed down on Sundays!
I have also used the Casella train system to get to a very interesting hiking area and to access the amazing forts in the Parco delle Mura. From Piazza Manin take the Casella train to the Campi stop. You MUST tell the conductor that you want to get out there (also a reduced fare when you purchase your ticket) because they only stop when requested. From Campi, you follow the road uphill for about 5 minutes to a restaurant that seems always closed, then follow the signs to Diamante Forti (fortress) which is a fairly strenuous uphill climb for about 25-45 minutes, but you end up at the top of the world!!! It’s really thrilling to see the views all the way to Corsica! Or you can just start out on the path by the always closed restaurant-look for markers, that will take you by Forte Puin, Forte Begato and Sperone, all the way to Righi (about 2-3 hours).
Stop at the famous tavern Ostaia du Richetto for a bathroom break, coffee or lunch then walk down to Righi and take the funicular back (buy a ticket an validate it!) to the city center. Because the Casella train doesn’t run very often, it might be difficult, but not impossible to meet the train again, to return to Piazza Manin. If you would like more detailed information about this hike, just email me! The hills above Genova are amazing for hiking; you can be at sealevel by the port and then in the mountains above Genova in just 1/2 hr using the funicular at Zecco-Righi! Try hiking!
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