Vernazza by Motorbyke or Bicycle
The ones arriving by Motorbike or bicycle we suggest to follow alternative tracks, more panoramic and exciting than a journey on the Motorway
- From Genoa: follow the SS1 Aurelia bordering the sea and reach Bogliasco, Recco, Rapallo, Chiavari, Sestri Levante. This trail is very panoramic and always overlooking the sea. From Sestri Levante the road changes location and climbs the hills until it reaches the Bracco pass (615 metres above sea level): this place is well known by cyclists for the panoramic slopes among the hills and also by motorcyclists for its hairpin bends. After the Bracco Pass proceed along the Aurelia easing through the towns of Mattarana, Carrodano, Borghetto di Vara. After Borghetto proceed along the Via Aurelia for about 7 km, until you reach the town of Pian di Barca. Shortly before this town you will find a crossing: turn right along the SP38 for about 10 Km, crossing, along the track, the town of Pignone. Continuing on the SP38 reach the junction for the SP51, where you turn in direction of Cinque Terre. Continue along this provincial road for about 3 Km, then turn on the SP63 direction Vernazza, that you reach after 3 Km.
Alternative road: the second alternative is shorter and very particular but is not suitable for bicycles. From Sestri Levante follow the road to Riva Trigoso where you continue through the tunnels of the old railway line until Moneglia, then other tunnels to Deiva Marina. From Deiva Marina continue along the provincial road SP41 direction Motorway and then proceed on the SP40 until you reach the junction with the SP32 leading to the Aurelia, where you reach again the towns of Mattarana, Carrodano and Borghetto di Vara. From Borghetto Vara see previous instructions.
This alternative is very rapid but we remember you that in the tunnels the traffic is regulated by traffic light every 10 minutes, they are narrow and single-line and the access on foot and by bicycle is forbidden due to insufficient lighting.
- From La Spezia: coming from La Spezia you can use the National Road n. 1 Aurelia again, passing by the towns of Riccò del Golfo, Pian di Barca, Borghetto di Vara.
- From Borghetto Vara see previous instructions.
- From Milan: from Milan you can reach the High Scrivia valley, and then Genoa through the SS35 of Giovi Milano-Genova. Along this road, very busy during the 50ies when the Motorway did not exist, you meet the towns of Busalla, Savignone, Montoggio, Casella, Bargagli, where you continue until the green Fontanabuona valley from where you can reach Chiavari. From Chiavari you can continue following the above mentioned instructions.
- From Piacenza: from Piacenza you can reach Genoa through the SS45 of Trebbia Valley passing by the valleys of Bisagno and Trebbia. Through this road you will reach also Bobbio and Marmaglia. From here you can decide to continue until Rezzoaglio, Borzonasca, Marasco and then Chiavari, or to make a small deviation to Santo Stefano D’Aveto, from where you can reach Rezzoaglio. From Chiavari you can continue following the above mentioned instructions.
- From Parma: from Parma you take the SS62 of Cisa connecting Parma to La Spezia through the towns of Fornovo, Borgo Taro, Bedonia, Cento Croci pass (1000 metres above sea level), Varese Ligure, San Pietro Vara, Sesta Godano, Brugnato, Borghetto Vara. From Borghetto Vara see previous instructions.
Alternative: from Borgo Taro you cross the Cisa pass (1039 metres above sea level), pass through the Magra Valley and reach Sarzana. From La Spezia continue along the national road 1 Aurelia following the above mentioned instructions.
- From Reggio Emilia: from Reggio Emilia take the SS63 of Cerreto that goes along the Apennines until the pass (1260 metres above sea level). Then cross the towns of Fivizzano and Rosaro until reaching Aulla, in the centre of Lunigiana. From Aulla you can follow the SS62 leading to Sarzana, to La Spezia and then to La Spezia.
- From La Spezia continue along the national road 1 Aurelia following the above mentioned instructions.
- From Florence: take the road to Pistoia, Montecatini, Lucca, cross the Garfagnana region, reach Aulla, La Spezia. From La Spezia continue along the national road 1 Aurelia following the above mentioned instructions.
Alternative: From Montecatini to Pisa, Viareggio, Carrara, Sarzana, La Spezia. . From La Spezia continue along the national road 1 Aurelia following the above mentioned instructions.
For both ways we suggest you to use the S.G.C, FI-PI-LI (Highway Florence-Pisa-Livorno) in the first part and then continue on the SS1 Aurelia. This Highway is forbidden to cyclists, so just bikers can use it.