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Chighizola Trail: from Montallegro to Mount Pegge

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Wonderful hike about 8km long – round trip – that starts from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montallegro on the heights of Rapallo, passes through the Crocetta Pass, and ends on Mount Pegge where the Margherita Refuge is located.

From Mount Pegge, you can turn back by retracing the outward path or you can continue on the path down to Rapallo.

The trek is very scenic and is also suitable for families with children, with a few small precautions.

Below is all the information you need to organize your hike on the Chighizola Trail, from the Montallegro Sanctuary to Mount Pegge.

View of Mt. Pegge from the Sanctuary of Montallegro
View of Mt. Pegge from the Sanctuary of Montallegro

Chighizola trail from Montallegro to Mount Pegge: route

The Chighizola trail begins behind the Montallegro Sanctuary at 612meters above sea level, to its left – full red rhombus marker.

In order not to tire our 3 1/2-year-old daughter too much, we decided to get to the Sanctuary by car, but if you want you can also walk up from Rapallo or take the cable car.

You can find all the information to get to the Sanctuary, in this article.

The Chighizola Trail is about 2.5km long with minimal elevation gain (65m) so it is suitable for all ages, including children, as the road is wide and practically flat.

Along the way, there are a few small detours but following the trail marker you cannot go wrong.

In the final section of the trail, a small descent begins and ends at the Crocetta Pass at 599meters above sea level. Here you can find a small chapel and, very often, numerous cyclists resting.

Shrine of Our Lady of Montallegro
Shrine of Our Lady of Montallegro
Beginning of the Chighizola Trail behind the shrine
Beginning of the Chighizola Trail behind the shrine
Chighizola trail marked with red rhombus
Chighizola trail marked with red rhombus
View of the Margherita Refuge located on M. Pegge
View of the Margherita Refuge located on M. Pegge
chighizola path
Chighizola Path
Panorama of the Ligurian Sea
Panorama of the Ligurian Sea
Mount Pegge
Mount Pegge
Cyclists at the Crocetta Pass
Cyclists at the Crocetta Pass

At this point, you have to cross the paved road and take the steep little road that leads to Mount Pegge, always marked by the red diamond.

Mount Pegge

The climb is really hard; the path is not dangerous for a child but it really climbs a lot so you need a lot of training.

Once you reach the summit at 774meters asl, you can find the Margherita Shelter (closed to the public) and a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Tigullio. There are outdoor benches and picnic tables where you can have lunch and rest.

Throughout the entire hike-both out and back-we did not encounter a soul on the trail, which was very surprising to me finding ourselves immersed in such a spectacular landscape.

The estimated time of arrival from the Montallegro Sanctuary to Mount Pegge is 1h, we took 1h40. On the way back, however, we took 1h15.

Directions to Mount Pegge
Directions to Mount Pegge
Trail leading to the summit
Trail leading to the summit
Panorama of the Ligurian Sea
Panorama of the Ligurian Sea
The long walk to the summit with kids
The long walk to the summit
Margherita Refuge on Mount Pegge kids
Margherita Refuge on Mount Pegge
Panorama from Mount Pegge
Panorama from Mount Pegge
Margherita Refuge on Mount Pegge
Margherita Refuge on Mount Pegge
Panorama from Mount Pegge
Panorama from Mount Pegge
The Shrine of Montallegro in the distance
The Shrine of Montallegro in the distance
The descent from Mount Pegge
The descent from Mount Pegge

Chighizola trail from Montallegro to Mount Pegge: tips with children

Chighizola Trail is suitable for children of all ages, even 3/4 years old as it is wide and almost flat.

The climb up Mount Pegge, on the other hand, is suitable for children of that age only if they are trained and accustomed to trekking in the mountains, otherwise for slightly older children.

The only source of drinking water is next to the Montallegro Sanctuary.

Chighizola Trail is shaded so it is an outing that is also suitable in the summer time while the ascent to Mount Pegge is in full sun and one must remember to bring sunscreen and a hat, especially for younger children.

chighizola path with kids
trail chighizola path with kids

How to get to the Shrine of Montallegro

The Montallegro Sanctuary can be easily reached from Rapallo by cable car, on foot or by car.

The advice if you have children is not to start on foot already from Rapallo as the road is almost 4km long and steeply uphill and you risk arriving at the Sanctuary already tired.

I therefore recommend the car-there are free parking lots near the Sanctuary-or the cable car, which covers a 2350-meter route in 7 minutes.

It may be useful to know that the cable car is only a few hundred meters from the Rapallo train station so this trip can also be made by train, thus avoiding the usual traffic on the Ligurian Riviera.

For comprehensive information on how to reach the Sanctuary and where to eat and sleep, I refer you to this article.

Montallegro cable car arrival station
Montallegro cable car arrival station

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