Ancient forest village near La Rocchetta, Italy

Climbing from the riviera town of Lerici, up through the hill top village of La Serra and into the mountainous terrain near La Rocchetta was today’s adventure.  

We followed the purple stars from home (triangle)
The view of La Serra from trail 422

We found the ruins of at least 50 houses abandoned in the forest. Notice how the walls are all mortar-free, built using the painstaking traditional method that is characteristic of this region. From the size of the trees growing in the middle of some of the houses, I’d guess this village was abandoned on the order of hundreds of years ago.  

Bosco enters the abandoned village in the forest


The wall is in better condition some places than others
The trail follows what seems like the main drag through the village, but there are other side paths between the buildings
The hilly terrain has been terraced with building ruins on many of the plateaus
Much of the rubble is slowly tumbling downhill and is hidden by foliage
Bosco likes peeking in windows and doorways


Out of the forest and back into civilization with a view of Portovenere
From way up here you can see quite a ways into La Spezia harbour


8 Comments Add yours

  1. theh2obaby says:

    Bosco the Explorer! Excellent discovery. Can you still smell the people who lived there? Or the fish they ate?


    1. jess says:

      Bosco’s nose is pretty keen, but there didn’t appear to be anything left but rocks. I’d hate to be the poor historical sucker hauling fish all the way up there!


  2. Francine says:

    Were you at or near the top of the mountain range? How long was your hike? It looks fascinating!


    1. jess says:

      Yes, it’s pretty close to the peak of Monte Rocchetta. The round trip was under 3 hours, but it’s pretty steep and would have taken longer when we first got here and weren’t in good climbing shape.


  3. VanDoggo says:

    I am really enjoying your adventures in Italy with Bosco – I plan to take a vacation in Italy later in the year with my dog so this is fantastic!


    1. jess says:

      That’s great, I’m glad to hear it! I’m going to add a page about flying internationally with a dog in the near future. It’s a hassle but pretty awesome once you get here!


      1. VanDoggo says:

        We’ve traveled with Tikka in the cabin a few times from Vancouver to the US, so this will be her first long trip. We are currently looking at flight options from Vancouver to Italy, but direct flights only go from the East Coast so we may fly into Paris and then drive to Italy. Or maybe break the trip up and stop in Montreal or Toronto – there are a few options. I’ll be documenting the trip and the planning as so many might not know its even an option to bring our companions with us.


      2. jess says:

        Sounds awesome, you’re really lucky she can fit in the cabin! The drive from Paris is beautiful. Have fun planning your trip!


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