The first section is 5.5 km long with a total height difference of 500 meters; the maximum altitude of 405 meters is reached in Santa Caterina. The time required to walk it is 2 hours. It is part of the first section of path 598-1 (AV5T 1) Portovenere - Telegrafo. The departure is from the square of Portovenere, in front of the door of the year 1113. It rises quickly, leaving the Castle on the left. You reach the Canese quarry of the Portoro marble and the paved road that leads to the fort Muzzerone. The view on the vertical walls overlooking the sea is beautiful, used as a climbing wall. After following the road for a while, the climb begins again, along the slopes of Mount Castellana, rich in rocky outcrops. For a short distance you will find the road to Campiglia, but continue into the pine forest up to the top of the ridge. An old windmill, which was used to grind chestnuts, indicates the beginning of the town of Campiglia, a small medieval village arranged in a semicircle. It is the crossing point of numerous paths. From Campiglia you can reach the sea, with steep and long stairways. To get to the beach of Punta del Persico you have to go down and then go up 2000 steps. From other paths and crossroads you also reach Monesteroli and Schiara.
The train, surely the best means of travel to visit the Cinque Terre and be enchanted by the beauty of the Ligurian sea. From March 16th the 5 Terre Express train is in service to travel comfortably between La Spezia Centrale, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, Monterosso and Levanto with a single single fare ticket, taking advantage of the offer of 100 trains a day, 7 days a week, every 15 minutes