The salt routes were a plot of mule tracks for transporting salt from
the Ligurian ports to the hinterland and north from Varzi-Pavia retracing the proposed trails. In addition, the great news is that from 2017, the Liguria region has allocated funding to improve part of the journey
and equip with new signage and the Via del Mare and help the Park of Portofino and Il Parco dell 'Antola the two managing
bodies that with the help of the FIE and the CAI of RAPALLO (operative part) they have really changed the face of the path,
in fact there is no more need for hiking guides, and you can do it in total safety also because each stop point is equipped
with Refuges or B & Bs that welcome hikers (max every 6-8 hours of walking), and the path is all marked, the trail
VIA THE SALT in Lombardy and Via del Mare (VM) in Liguria, so do not worry, the path is the same takes you to the sea,
passing through Uscio of course! and that the sea is the best because you take a bath at the Park of Portofino
(Camogli-Punta Chiappa-San Fruttuoso) with observation of many fish in the Ligurian sea in this very deep area, in fact
many sport like swim ,snorkeling and diving.
The departure of the "classic" way is in the heart of the town of Varzi, in the province of Pavia. From the car park overlooking the Staffora, follow the signs towards the bridge, then the path on the left. A wide path, first level, then of variable slope, will take you to Monteforte and then to Castellaro, periodically intersecting the asphalted provincial road and the local cart. At the end of the village, continue along a wide dirt road surrounded by woods until you meet the border between Lombardy and Piedmont. On the border line we continue on the ridge that will accompany us until 1700m of Mount Chiappo, where at the bar / shelter it is possible to have a rest before the descent to the Capanna di Cosola where the first stage ends with the overnight stay.