This itinerary is an occasion to discover some hamlets in the countryside of Diano Marina, between olive terraces and Mediterranean vegetation.
From Diano Gorleri, a hamlet of Diano Marina, you reach the Passo Gorleri along the asphalted street. After the cemetery, you continue in a north-westerly direction to Villa Delbecchi. Here, a little square will allow you to park your car and to continue the itinerary on foot. After a few meters of asphalt, you will walk the slope to the ridge, and continue to the top. On top the vegetation is predominately bushes, broom, cistus, myrtle and mastic trees; here and there you will find durmasts. This is a Mediterranean maquis, sometimes degraded due to the dryness from the sun and fires. Following the trail marker, you will turn around at the top of the hill “Montin di Catella”, until you will reach a high voltage line.
From this position, three mule trails start. Two of them, those on the right, descend towards Diano Serreta, passing through the olive terraces. The third goes East, along the ridge, and descends to the hamlet Muratori. Following this mule trail, you will cross abandoned fields, sometimes invaded by thorns, clematis, and evergreen bushes, typical of the Mediterranean vegetation, which slowly conquer the territory.
Close to Muratori, the olive trees appear to us as green and well cared. Once in this hamlet, you will briefly follow the asphalted street to Diano Serreta. You can appreciate some typical landscapes of the countryside, together with the Oratory St. Biagio. Once passed the Oratory and one spring, after 150 mt. you will leave the street and go further among the olive trees, until you pass a “beo” (narrow channel for the water), connected with a dirt patch that brings you to Diano Serreta.
From the church, following the direction for Via Novaro, you will cross this hamlet. Once at the bottom of the street, you turn right and you walk upon the slope, until the asphalted street. You follow the trail marker to come back to Passo Gorleri, along an ancient mule track, whose bottom is made of cobblestones, alternated with outcrops of the typical limestone of the territory: the Flysch with Helmintoids. You go ahead on the slope, until the top of Passo Gorleri, where, following the same street, you will return to your car.