THE ANCIENT SALT ROUTE FROM VARZI TO CAMOGLI
From Apennines to the Ligurian sea, trekking over the “Via del Mare” route
The “Via del Mare”, (sea route), also called “Via del Sale” (salt route), is an ancient route used by shepherds, travelers and traders to go from the Lombard plain to the sea and back. At that time salt was used as a currency for trading goods. Why salt and not money? Because salt was an important and fundamental element for preserving food, so in that era, it was more precious than gold itself, that is why this trekking is called "La via del Sale".
- Autumn, Spring
- Hotel, B&B, Mountain Hut
- T2 - Mountain hike
The Varzi salt route runs through the Apennine ridge of the “Four Provinces” with its centuries-old musical and culinary tradition. We are between Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia and Liguria, four regions with a unique traditional culture, where cuisine best represents this territory. Imagine to taste the famous coppa toghether with “pisarei”, focaccia ligure and piemontese agnolotti! We will taste them with one of the most beautiful treks in the Ligurian Apennines! It is a real journey from the first mountains of “Oltrepo Pavese” called also the “Little Tuscany” near the plain to the picturesque fishing port/resort of Camogli, about 30km west of the Cinque Terre. We will walk through splendid, wide and panoramic ridges, lush nature, beech forests, Mediterranean nature and sea views.
This trekking runs along well-marked paths that are free of difficulty, but you need to be fit and well trained (seasoned walker), because there are significant distances and high uphill climb, by the way in the evenings, good food and hospitality will be the reward for the hardships.
The standard proposal includes four days of walking plus two days for approaching and visiting Varzi and Camogli. Accommodations are in small B & Bs, hotels and shelters where you can taste the typical dishes of Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia and Liguria; a mix of the most rustic and good regional cuisines. It is possible for groups to personalize: number of days, difficulty and other preferences like turistic visit of Pavia, Genoa and wineyard in Oltrepo Pavese by contacting the Trekupitaly staff directly.