Road Cycling Highlight
The Passo del Biscia (Nattern Pass) is a very small pass at an altitude of 892 meters that connects the large Vara valley with the Ligurian coast.
Both sides of the pass are very scenic and near the top of the pass you have a wonderful view of the Tigullian Gulf. Unfortunately, the side into the Varatal (which flows south of La Spezia into the Ligurian Sea) is in a very bad condition, so that you can only recommend a ride on a racing bike from the Varatal to the coast with a clear conscience.
The long and very lonely driveway from the Vara valley runs very irregularly with short intermediate descents, while the side coming from the coast is two-lane and very regular over large parts. On this side there is a quarry, which brings some truck traffic with it and may explain the much better road condition.
At the top of the pass there are some very recommendable hikes that are also part of the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri.
The descent by racing bike towards the coast is highly recommended: speedy and winding on a good surface all the way down to Lavagna or Chiavari.
October 25, 2017
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