For those of you like me who like a good circular walk with stunning coastal views and the added bonus a retaurant/bar half way at Campiglia then this is a walk for you. When we did it with our dog Sam it took us about three and a half hours with stops for photos and a couple of rests for water or snacks.
The walk starts from a viewing point overlooking the coast at the end of the "Strada dei Marmi" under Monte Castellana. You arrive here from La Spezia following the road sign for Portovenere. Just before Portovenere at Le Grazie there is a turning to the right signposted Palestra di Roccia del Muzzerone and Monte Castellana. Turn right here going up the hill and eventually you arrive at a junction where the road divides keep going keeping right (straight on up hill) and after about 100m you arrive at the viewing point.
Park the car at the viewing point and take a moment to enjoy the view. Here there is a map on a board and some picnic tables.Take the coastal path by the tables up through some bushes. Ignore the gravel track to the right which you will come down later.
The coastal path has some stunning views of the Portovenere promotory.
You will eventually reach a road where if you continue to the left along the road/paths you will eventually reach Campiglia here you can stop to take in the little church or have lunch if peckish or take a coffee at the bar.(or you can continue to the right see below after Campiglia)
Once you have finished looking around Campiglia you can retrace your steps to where you joined the road from the coast walk. Here at the layby to the left there is a metalled road signposted to a military zone and a footpath. Follow this road. It will after a while pass through some open gates with footpath markings on the barriers at the side of the road. Continuing along the road and eventually on the left is a foot path which goes off into the woods and uphill to a refuge overlooking the gulf of La Spezia. Here are some picnic tables if you have brought picnic lunch. The path continues behind the refuge going down hill passing some old stone quarries and communication masts.The path/track bears round to the right continuing with views to the left of the Gulf of La Spezia.
The track continues down through a wooded area eventually coming to a clearing with coastal views again. Here the track continues to the left . Here you can sit on the wall and take in the view. The walk continues down hill for another 20 minutes or so zig zagginng its way down until you get to the car park. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.