Trekking on the Monte Carmo
In line with the characteristic Ligurian landscape, in Pietra Ligure the flat land by the coast gives way to the typical hills partitioned into terraces: this will allow you to alternate days at the seaside to relaxing walks inland.
If you want to enjoy a stunning view over the harbour and the hills that go down towards the sea, you just have to reach the Sanctuary of SS. Cosma and Damiano. From here you can continue your walk by going down towards the coast on the path that leads to the “Bric dei Cinque Alberi”, a small pre-Roman village.
You can enjoy another wonderful view from the hillock on which the church of San Martino stands. The path that leads to the old church starts from Verzi, an outlying village within the municipality of Loano. The same Verzi gives birth to another path: through a rich vegetation, this path leads to the “Rifugio di Pian delle Bosse”, a mountain hut managed by the C.A.I. (Italian Alpin Club) of Loano. Once you’ve reached the destination, you can enjoy a 180° view over the sea, and after a break you can reach the highest mount in the province of Savona: Monte Carmo. This route is included in the itinerary of the “Sentiero delle Terre Alte” (Path of the High Lands), which connects the old village of Toirano with “Colle di Melogno” (Melogno Hill).