This loop hike is particularly pleasant and interesting: from the remote village of Ventarola you cross a dense beech wood (Bosco di Liciorno) which covers the northern side of Monte Ramaceto and then you walk along the sharp ridges of this imposing mountain with its bare, rocky and steep southern side above the plain of Cichero.
Distance 10.5 km
Once you have passed the houses of Ventarola, follow the mule-track indicated by a yellow triangle which rises into the valley of the Ventarola and Ramaceto streams. Ignore a diversion on the right, cross the stream and carry on walking on flat ground between little woods and meadows until the Quadrivio della Crocetta (877 m). Ignore the pathway on the left to Passo della Crocetta (which you will do on the way back) and follow the trail sign. At 1100 m leave the mule-track and take a footpath which goes down to the right. Cross a little brook and walk uphill again between the beech trees as far as Bocca di Feia (1131 m) where the sight opens to the Fontanabuona Valley and the coastal mountains (1.20-1.30 hours from Ventarola). Here you join the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri (red and white sign trail) which you follow going left uphill along a grassy ridge. Walk up some very steep stretches until, after 30-35 minutes, you reach the little chapel on the top of the panoramic south-western peak of the Monte Ramaceto (1320 m). The Alta Via continues along the ridge, whose northern side is covered with beech woods, while the opposite side, rocky and bare, overlooks the pleasant plain of Cichero. By a short, steep ascent reach the actual top of Monte Ramaceto (1345) covered with beech trees. Carry on walking along the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri as far as Passo della Crocetta d'Acero (926 m, 1.10-1.20 hours from the south-western peak of Monte Ramaceto). Turn off the Alta Via which goes to Passo della Forcella and follow the road on the left which, after half a km, reaches Quadrivio della Crocetta (877 m). Here join the mule track to Ventarola which you already walked on going uphill (30-35 minutes from Passo della Crocetta d'Acero).
AuthorAgenzia Turistica Liguria
Update: September 07, 2021
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Parkingfrom Lavagna motorway exit (A12 Genova-Livorno) reach Carasco and carry on driving towards Santo Stefano d'Aveto as far as Parazzuolo where you turn right to Ventarola. From Piacenza follow the road to Genoa along the Trebbia Valley. In Marsaglia take the road to the left to the Aveto Valley as far as Parazzuolo where you turn right to Ventarola.
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