The promontory of Punta Mesco, projecting out towards the crystal-clear sea of the Marine Protected Area of the Cinque Terre National Park, separates the bay of Levanto from the bay of Monterosso. The 45 hectares owned by FAI include three rural buildings, as well as lush woodland areas in which holm oaks and pines predominate, alternating with areas covered in Mediterranean maquis some distance from the coast. The extraordinary co-existence of the vegetation and the marine environment has given rise to a quite exceptional level of biodiversity, where the ancient presence of mankind, which has intelligently shaped the land without compromising the fragile ecological equilibriums, is very much in evidence. 1999 saw the establishment of the Cinque Terre National Park, and the new rules that came into force at the same time saved the area from various building projects while also marking the end of the longstanding human presence at Punta Mesco. When left to its own devices, nature can soon eliminate centuries of history: the woodland advances, damaging the buildings, “eating up” the crops and causing the collapse of the dry-stone walls that support the characteristic terraces, which – in addition to making space for cultivation – serve as a bulwark against hydrogeological collapse. The donation has allowed FAI, with the crucial support of the Zegna Foundation, to implement a project that respects the principles of the park, while reinstating the area’s historical function as farmland, with 60% of the energy coming from renewable sources. The first phase of the salvage operation involved the overhaul of the buildings and terraces, where spaces were given over for the cultivation of olives, grapes, fruits and vegetables. Visitors will find reception areas and can engage with descriptions of the history and prospects of the site, along with valuable proposals for what to do in the surrounding area and on the numerous trails that can be explored in what is one of the most fascinating and most typical landscapes to be found anywhere in the Liguria region.
Podere Case Lovara is currently undergoing restoration.
The opening date will be announced shortly.
The route meanders along a dirt track on a slight slope and takes around 1 hour 45 minutes.
From Genoa: A12 Genoa-Livorno Motorway (“Autostrada A12 Genova–Livorno”) heading towards Livorno, Carrodano-Levanto exit.
From Milan: A7 Motorway (“Autostrada A7”) head south until Genoa East (“Genova Est”). Join the A12 heading towards Livorno, then take the Carrodano-Levanto exit. Follow the signs for Levanto and park on the seafront section marked as “Passeggiata a mare”.
From Levanto station, take Corso Roma, continue along Corso Italia until you reach the seafront section marked as “Passeggiata a mare”. Continue along the entire eastern seafront, following first the path signposted as “sentiero 591 (ex1) Levanto-S. Antonio Mesco”, which starts from the medieval castle (“Castello Medievale”), then the path signposted as “Podere Case Lovara”.
To support FAI’s missions and its operations, a contribution of €3 for the visit would be most gratefully received.
Becoming an Amico FAI with a €10 contribution will entitle you to a free ticket for the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. You can also become a FAI member on site.
There are no catering facilities at Podere Case Lovara, but you can use the picnic area, which has panoramic benches where you can take a rest and have something to eat while you savour the stunning view.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.