A charming promontory between Levanto and Monterosso
The wonderful Mesco Promontory, covered in the Mediterranean vegetation typical of the area, is a picturesque destination that separates the bay of Levanto from the bay of Monterosso al Mare, at the western end of the Cinque Terre coastline. So prominent that it is visible from most of the central-eastern Ligurian Apennines, it is one of the La Spezia Riviera's best-loved promontories.
Its 'point' itself is made up of thick, superimposed layers of sandstone that form sheer walls overlooking the sea, and these wild cliffs capture the attention of the curious, who explore them and end up looking at the Semaforo del Mesco, an old lighthouse used by the military until the Second World War, but now abandoned, with a spectacular view right above the sea.
The Punta Mesco promontory can be reached by walking along two paths suitable for all: one from Monterosso and the other from Levanto. Along the wooded paths leading to the promontory, you will come across theHermitage of Sant'Antonio del Mesco, a medieval Catholic place of worship built right on the border between Levanto and Monterosso al Mare. The hermitage dates back to 1380, although the church and adjoining hermitage are believed to be much older, possibly from the 11th century.