Sciacchetrail – the hiking master race

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Sciacchetrail – the hiking master race

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SciaccheTrail, The Race – Hikers Paradise, is the top event for hiking lovers. 2017 edition will be on April 2nd and it will open the great hiking season of Cinque Terre in the most spectacular way ever!

All nature and hiking fans are invited to gather for the BIG RACE (tickets sold out, but waiting list is open). 300 participants are enrolled already!

With its 47 km. to hike, a circle from the sea to the hills and back to the sea again, the race  will take all hikers to discover the very best of the entire trail net of the Cinque Terre National Park.

 

The race name is a happy union of “Sciacchetrà”, the name of the famous and delicious local dessert wine, and “Trail”.

SciaccheTrail will so lead all hikers to the discovery and celebration of a unique and blessed territory, where asperity and roughness are only a way to reach perfection and appreciation of Nature beauties.

The 2017 Trail

2017 trail

The start will be in Piazza Garibaldi, the historic center of Monterosso.  After passing along the seafront, the first ascent climbs the promontory of Punta Mesco, with a dominating view over the gulf of the Cinque Terre.  A stretch of “up and down” single track leads to “Colle di Gritta” with views of the coastline to the southeast and also toward Levanto to the northwest.  After leaving “Colle di Gritta” a short segment of asphalt intersects with an old mule path to Soviore, the first sanctuary of the Cinque Terre (and one of the oldest).  Another short segment of asphalt leads to a single track through mediterranean shrub with breathtaking views over the sea, which descends to the next sanctuary, Reggio.   In the Reggio church square stands one of the oldest cypress trees in Liguria. From Reggio the course climbs, via Drignana, to the Alta Via (high path) of the Cinque Terre.  The “Alta Via” reaches the highest point along the SciaccheTrail course, Monte Malpertuso, at 750 metres above sea level, and continues on to “Colle del Telegrafo”, the furthest point west on the course.  From here the course descends to the Sanctuary of Montenero and then to Riomaggiore, the first village of the Cinque Terre. A steep stairway leads to the vineyards of Corniolo, and then a single track continues on to the hamlet of Groppo, and inside the Cantina Cinque Terre, where the course passes alongside the steel wine barrels and modern winemaking machinery for the production of Sciacchetra’.  From here the course descends to Manarola, the second village of the Cinque Terre.  Another steep stairway, then single track, leads through terraced vineyards, then on to an old mule track bordered by olive groves, to the hamlet of Volastra and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Health.  This is the area with the highest concentration of cultivated vineyards, which best describes the Cinque Terre.  From Volastra, a single track through the vineyards over the sea leads to Corniglia, the 3rd village of the Cinque Terre. From Corniglia the course follows the coastal “blue trail” through Vernazza, the 4th Cinque Terre village, and on to the finish line of the SciaccheTrail in Monterosso al Mare, the final village.

The videoclip will show glimpses of 2016 edition.

Let’s follow the trail summary through pictures:

– departure from the historic center of Monterosso.

– first ascent climbs the promontory of Punta Mesco, with a dominating view over the gulf of the Cinque Terre.

– a stretch of “up and down” single track to “Colle di Gritta” with views of the coastline to the southeast and also toward Levanto to the northwest.

– an old mule path to Soviore, the first sanctuary of the Cinque Terre (and one of the oldest).

– a short segment of asphalt to a single track through mediterranean shrub with breathtaking views over the sea to the Sanctuary of Reggio.

– from Reggio the path climbs, via Drignana, to the Alta Via (high path) of the Cinque Terre.  The “Alta Via” offers the highest point of the SciaccheTrail, Monte Malpertuso, at 750 metres above sea level, and goes on to “Colle del Telegrafo”, the furthest point west of the trail.

– down to the Sanctuary of Montenero

– and then to Riomaggiore, the 1st village of the Cinque Terre hikers will meet.

 

– a steep stairway to the vineyards of Corniolo.

– a single track to the hamlet of Groppo, and inside the Cantina (cellar) Cinque Terre, where the course passes alongside the steel wine barrels and modern winemaking machinery for the production of Sciacchetra’.

– descent to Manarola, the second village of the Cinque Terre.

– another steep stairway, then single track through terraced vineyards and on to an old mule track bordered by olive groves, to the hamlet of Volastra and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Health.  This is the area with the highest concentration of cultivated vineyards, which best describes the Cinque Terre.

– from Volastra, a single track through the vineyards over the sea leads to Corniglia, the 3rd village of the Cinque Terre.

 

– from Corniglia the race follows the coastal “blue trail” through Vernazza, the 4th Cinque Terre village

– finally, on to the finish line of the SciaccheTrail in Monterosso al Mare, the 5th village.

 

All major Cinque Terre Park winemakers will contribute to the race presenting the very best of their wine production.

For detailed info on the Race, please, visit the SciaccheTrail website .

SciaccheTrail, The Race – Hikers Paradise, the big 2015 event for hikers and Nature lovers and a great way for visiting all Cinque Terre villages! April 2nd, 2015…save the date!

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