to Pisa. RUTA. 20. Route. 109
the Villa Croce (No. 113 ; right); in the Via del Pozzo are the Park
of the Márchese Gropallo (right, No. 55, adm. 72 fr-, visitors staying
at the Grand Hotel free), with a fine group of date-palms and an
oíd watch-tower on the Coast Promenade, and the Villa Serra (no
adm.). All these are noteworthy for their luxuriant vegetation.
A feature of the place is the dust-free and sunny *Coast Prom¬
enade (to the left on leaving the station), which runs along the shore
above the rocky beach, and is protected by a lofty wall on the land-
ward side. Pleasantly placed benches on the promenade and in the
adjoining gardens afford resting-places for patients who wish to be
much in the open air without taking active exercise.
The Via Belvedere, beginning at the Piazza Belvedere, about the middle
of the main street, ascends in curves to (3/4 hr.) the church of Sant' Ilario
(640 ft.). On the way, and from beside the church, we obtain admirable
views as far as Portofino on the E., and of the Riviera di Ponente and
the Ligurian Alps on the W. The footpath (ahort-cut) may be chosen
for the descent; or we may follow the hill to the W. and descend viá the
Cappella San Rocco (655 ft.) to the Giardino Pubblico (7í hr.). — From Sant'
Ilario we may proceed viá the Monte Giugo (1595 ft.) to the top of the Monte
Fosee (2730 ft.; 272 hrs.), whence a fine view is obtained of Genoa and to
the N.W. of the Apennines as far as the Monte Rosa chain; descent viá
Apparizione to Sturla (p. 107). — The choice of walks is small.
The numerous tunnels that now follow sadly inferiere with the
enjoyment of the view. — 872 M. Bogliasco (Hót.-Pens. Bristol).
972 M. Pieve di Sori, above which rises the chapel of Santa Croce
(1720 ft.; 172 hr.; view). 1072 M. Sori (65 ft.) is beautifully
situated at the mouth of a pretty valley, up which a road runs to
(l3/4 M.) Canepa. We enjoy a noble survey of sea and valley from
the viaduct which passes high above the town and rivulet.
13 M. Recco (modest inn; ómnibus to Ruta 50 c.; carr. 2-3 fr.).
The *Road from Recco to Rapallo (carr. 5-6fr.) ascends the mountain-
slope to the S.E., with a view, to the right, of Camogli (p. 110) and the pop-
ulous coast, and reaches (272 M.) Ruta (950 ft.; Kursuul Hót. d'Italie, with a
memorial tablet to Nietzsche, R. from 2, B. 1, déj. 272, D. 3-4, pens. 6-10 fr.,
bargain desirable; Osteria Piemontese, beyond the tunnel, good cuisine), a
village commanding a magniflcent retrospect of the Gulf of Genoa. The
road then traverses a tunnel (80 yds. long; curious view) and descends
through chestnut woods in wide bends viá (372 M.) San Lorenzo della Costa
(Flemish altar-piece of 1499 in the church), beyond which steep footpaths
diverge to the left for San Massimo (p. 113), to the right for San Siró and
Santa Margherita (p. 110), to (7 M.) Rapallo (p. 112) on the N.E.
Ruta is the most convenient starting-point for the ascent of the "Monte
di Portofino or Monte Telégrafo (2000 ft.), an almost square promontory of
hard tertiary conglomérate, with a rich flora, especially on its S. slopes.
A new prívate road (adm. 72 ir., carr. 1 fr.) ascends from the E. end of
the tunnel on the high road to the S. to the (O/2 M.) Restaurant Portofino-
Kulm (1510 ft.), with extensive view; new hotel under construction (motor-
car from the stations of Recco and Rapallo 4 fr., brake 3 fr. there and
back). Farther on, there are three paths: one leading to the right to the
(72 hr.) Semáforo, the new signai-station (72 hr. below the oíd one) on the
Monte Campana (2915 ft.), another to the left to the Passo Pietre Strette
(p. 110), while we proceed by the middle path, finally through wood, to the
(74 hr.) summit. The Oíd Signal Stalion (2000 ft.) commands a magniflcent
view of the Riviera, from Capo Berta near Oneglia to the islands off Porto
Venere, while in clear weather the Maritime Alps, the Alpi Apuane, and
Corsica are sometimes visible. — From the summit we proceed to the E.