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A walk in Amelia
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Leaving point for all the walks: check point along the right bank of the Rio Grande
1- GIRO DEL BOSCO (Tour of the woods)
LENGHT : 2500 km
DURATION: 45 mins
EVALUATION: Easy

Leaving from the check point along the right bank of the Rio Grande, till, after 1250 km, you reach the holm oak forest that leads you to discover the Vecchio lago with its old mill, the dam dating to the 1200's and with a little luck the waterfall which curbs the Rio Grande. Returning from the holm oak forest , turn right on a slightly uphill road for 2100km on the crossroads with the Cappuccini. Turn right along the road and you’ll find yourself back again to the point of departure.

  • TO SEE

  • Vecchio lagoformed by the meeting of the Rio Grande and the Fosso Macchie, considered an artificial lake formed by the damming of the dam of Grande Ponte. In the past the reservoir was used to operate the mills along the route. Now, the lake is used for tourism and leisure; for walks, meeting to fish, a great place to unwind. A local association "gli Amici del Rio Grande", have transformed the area hoping to achieve their goal of making it suitable for the landing of the boats. There are picnic areas and trails that allow you to visit the old medieval Dam of Para and carry out various kinds of sports activities.

2 - TOUR OF SAN GIOVANNI
LENGTH: 5.8Km
DURATION: 1hr
EVALUATION: medium difficulty
Leaving from the parking lot of Ponte Alvario you go alongside the Rio Grande till Ponte Nuovo; having reached the stables, turn left and then right., then take the road uphill for 2700 km below the walls of St. Giovanni.
Turn right by a small village and you get to the Amerina highway after 3000 km then turning right along the sidewalk beneath Monte del Salvatore to the gardens of Amelia and the Passegiata.
At the end of the gardens, turn right under the polygonal walls and take via Nocicchia for 4500 km then you turn right onto the local road that leads down to Ponte Nuovo; through which you return to the starting point.

TO SEE

St. Giovanni

• Franciscan monastery built in 1400, where there had been several Orders of friars until 1870, when following the expropriation of church property by the State; it was bought by the town of Amelia. In 1898 it was bought by the Colonna family, who restructured it as a villa then a few years later it was sold to the Attili family; its current owners.


- GIRO DELL' ASPRETA
LENGHT: 10,000 km
DURATION: 3 ½ hrs.
EVALUATION: challenging
From the meeting point go along the Rio Grande till Ponte Nuovo then having crossed the bridge turn left and go through the dirt road uphill for 2000km till you reach the (country house) casale di Piubbica .
After leaving the country house continue along the woods for a challenging descent and after 3000km you reach a flat field.
Going along the field, after almost 500 m take the right then go uphill, along the way between oak trees, elm, and holm oaks we come across the old furnaces and the old hunting spots, until you arrive at 5500km; the summit of "Peacchia".
After crossing the bar continue along the panoramic road that leads to the Villa Aspreta at 5500km
After crossing the Aspreta continue through the woods, keep to the right, until you get back to the country house of Piubbica at 8000km
Continuing through the path in the opposite direction you return to Ponte Nuovo and therefore the meeting point.

TO SEE:

  • Villa Aspreta

Two columns provide access to a long path that leads up to the villa. It was built in the 1700's on a preexisting structure by Antonio da Sangallo. It is also the site of a rustic Roman villa where two cisterns were discovered.


4 - GIRO DEL PONTE
LENGHT: 3000 Km
DURATION: 1hr
EVALUATION: easy
From the starting point of Ponte Alvario, turn left until you cross the bridge of Amelia built on the Amerina highway, then turn left and go up the road of Nocicchia going along the nursery then at 1500 km turn left again on small road that leads down to Ponte Nuovo cross it and from the left you get back to the starting point.

5 - GIRO DELLA CAVALLERIZZA
LENGHT: 6000km
DURATION: 2hrs
EVALUATION: medium difficulty

From the meeting point you cross Ponte Alvario and go along the road to Macchie then turn right and taking an smooth dirt road go softly uphill till, after 2300 km, you arrive to the Parco della Cavallerizza ( a riding school that was the ancient hunting reserve of the Amerino) .After leaving the riding track go right for a smooth route in the woods, you make a full tour of the park, 2000 km. At the end you begin the descent for the return journey; along the path you have a beautiful view of Amelia at 5000km, you can see lo Scoglio dell'Aquilone. Proceeding downhill on the highway, you return to the bridge from where, following the directions to Macchie you return to the starting point.

6 - GIRO DELLE MURA (Tour of the walls)
LENGHT: 6000 km
DURATION : 2hrs
EVALUATION: challenging

From the square turn left, cross the bridge on the Amerina highway, continue keeping to the right in the direction of Amelia after about 50 m - 0,700 km, turn immediately to the left, take the uphill path that leads to the rock of Frullano at 1400km.

Continue along the walls, keeping Porta della Valle on the left and going downhill until you reach the 2300 km to the Winter gardens from where, having crossed Porta Pennina you reach 2700 km to Porta Romana. Having overcome this, staying to the left you reach the Fountain of Nocicchia at 3200 km. There, Porta Leone, opens to via Luciano Lama, the slight slope leads right up to Porta Posterola at 3700km, after the roundabout follow the road downhill until you reach the junction of the nursery at 4400km. From here, turn right along the road to Nocicchia ,at 4600 km you arrive then turn left downhill till Ponte Nuovo through which you return to the Piazzale di Ponte Alvario.

TO SEE

  • MURA POLIGONALI

Legend has it that they were built by the mythologigal Cyclops. The polygonal walls date back more than 2400 years ago and is the extraordinary witness of the ancient civilizations that have lived here. It is an impressive wall of blocks fitted together without mortar, to defend the city for more than 24 centuries. They are over 700m long, more than 8m high with a thickness of 3.5m.

PORTE

- PORTA DELLA VALLE It's the gate that is west of the old walls of Amelia (Terni). The only pedestrian road. Beyond the gate there’s some beautiful scenery.

- PORTA PENNINA

- PORTA POSTEROLA This gate was, for centuries, the main entrance to the town. It is a good example of posterola (o pusterla); made up of two gates with travertine borders surmounted by arches leaning on shelves (XIII century). The two gates are perpendicular to each other, forming a pitch used as a place of inspection of goods and payment of duties. From this point, one can notice the bold architectural momentum apse of St. Augustine, of Gothic style laying on pre-existing Romanesque structures. Going down the street you can also admire the Church of St. Girolamo in Posterola dating back to the late 1500’s.

-PORTA ROMANA It is the most central and most impressive of the four gates that allow access to the city center and is also the most modern of the four, the present appearance dates back to the sixteenth century when it was modified and built in travertine. In medieval times, the gate was called Busolina because there they kept the "bussolo" for the municipal elections of the magistracy. In the barrel vaulted ceiling is the fresco bearing the coat of arms of the city - APCA white silver band in on a blue field - "Antiani Populi Civitatis Ameriae ", which means "Elders of the people of the town of Amelia", which is the most important elective body of the free Common, from the time of the Statutes of the XIV century in previous eras.

- PORTA LEONE It seems that this access to the town was commissioned by Pope Leone IV who in the 9th century had arranged for the restoration of the walls. The street beginning after the gate, carries his name too. It has always, since the old days been the main spot for the shops of artisans: blacksmiths, carpenters, bakers, taverns etc.


 
An impressive path through the Amerini woods : the park of PreDa di Porchiano
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The idea of designing a wildlife park in the little hamlet of Porchiano del Monte just a few kilometers from Amelia, was promoted by the LIPU (an organization for bird protection) of Viterbo in 2006 . This led to the creation of the Environmental Education Project (Pr.ed.a.) in April 2008, under the name of Paolo Vannutelli.
The area, about five acres, provided by private individuals, is situated in a valley that overlooks the river Tevere, along the right bank of the moat Palliccio.

It is a marked trail in the woods to make on foot, to recharge your batteries and breathe fresh air, but also to learn; beside every tree and every type of shrub is a board that explains the characteristics of the plant. The path "Prey" also presents signs of the local fauna: there's the signal for the badger, the one for the fox, and so on.
Half way there is a parking area from where you can observe the surrounding nature from a particularly favorable position.
It is a natural amphitheater that opens to the sight of a beautiful landscape: the meadow, the trench, the hills and the woods. There are benches where you can improvise lessons and activities for schools (outdoor classroom). There is a large board that describes the birds in the area, from the lark to the tawny owl.
The birds have been given special attention; the subject organizer of "Prey" is actually the Lipu, an Italian association that fights for the protection of birds.
This initiative is dedicated to small groups, given that a crowd can scare the birds at night. Typically this activity is proposed in the nights of the full moon, that is when you can move around in the woods without the aid of flashlights.
The Lipu has special techniques that invite the birds of prey to come forward and sing.
The meaning of the path "Prey" is in its name: one can prey on a place, a plant, an animal, without necessarily having to kill or abuse it.
The path is always accessible.
To access it, just follow the signs along the road Palliccio (Attigliano - Porchiano). Those who wish may use expert guides from Lipu, but you can even do it yourself.
For further information call: 333 2932811 (Enzo) or check the website on the section of Viterbo of the LIPU.

How to get to the PreDa path:
Coming from Attigliano, you travel along the dirt road towards Porchiano del Monte, and turn right at the crossroads to the dirt road leading up towards Giove.

After a few hundred meters you will arrive near a bridge over the moat of Para, and before crossing you take a dirt road on the left, follow it all until you reach a concrete bridge that crosses over the same moat as Para.
The entrance to the trail is near a vineyard, on the right, and there you have to leave the car and begin the path following the signs.
Coming from Amelia, you must continue towards Orvieto until the crossroad of Porchiano del Monte. Once you get near the village, continue towards Giove and then take the first right and follow the signs to the A1 motorway towards Attigliano. The road continues for several miles until it turns into a dirt path, after a few meters turn left and go uphill towards Giove.
After a few hundred meters you will arrive near a bridge over the moat of Para, but before crossing take a dirt road on the left, follow it all until you reach a concrete bridge that crosses over the same moat.
The entrance to the trail is near a vineyard, on the right, and there you have to leave the car and begin the path, following the signs.

 
Itinerary of La Via Amerina
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We should distinguish it in two parts:

The first is that which starts from mansio ad Vacanas and reaches Ameria.

The second is that which starts from Ameria and continues to Todi, Perugia, Gubbio, Luceoli, etc.

The first was definitely paved, the second probably not.
So the first part is definitely recognizable for most of the route because the various sections of the paving emerge perfectly preserved, still sometimes used as country roads.
Surveys and excavations were carried out by the British Institute till Puntone del Ponte in the period between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
From 1973 to 1985, the archaeologist T. Potter from the B.M. had conducted important research in the area surrounding Nepi, on the ancient town of Narce that stood along the Amerina and came to the discovery of domusculta of Capracorum ,a kind of fortified early medieval rural settlement between a rustic villa (former imperial period) and a real castle.

In 1983 the excavations began in loc. San Lorenzo, Tre Ponti and Cavo degli Zucchi by the Gruppo Archeologico Romano under the supervision of Dr. Laura Caretta. South of Faleri Novi, they discovered the edge of the paving stones perfectly preserved and placed on previous streets made from stone, the city's necropolis with graves dating from the second century to the fourth .
Some of these tombs have been found miraculously intact, despite two thousand years the site of being continuously crossed. It had witnessed several passages of invading hordes last of whom were the Normans who destroyed Falerii in 1100, that is, not to mention grave robbers.

From Puntone del Ponte the road leads to Vasanello passing to the west of Gallese near Montilapi railway station and from there down to the Baths of Orte, along the lake Vadimone and across the Tevere near the port of Seripola. The road then continues along the Rio Grande with a few crossovers.
Established on the left side, opposite the sulphate, going in the direction of Totano to the foothills of Monte Nero (where there is the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes) and then towards Amelia on the course of the main road to the sides of which emerge unmistakable evidence of its passage, documented up to , the eighteenth century by the reports of periodic inspections by the elders of the city of Amelia on the edge of the City, it was reported that "starting from Porta Busolina took the Roman road till Montenero, etc."

The distance from Rome to the Mansio Vacanas was 21 miles. Up to Amelia were another 34km, that is 51 km while the virtual direct line would be only 48 Km.
There remains no trace of the bridge over the river Tevere near Seripola , while there are visible remains of the so-called Ponte di Augusto, located about 1 km closer to Orte.
However, the village of Seripola was probably abandoned around the seventh century . Many are scrambling to build complicated theories that are of little use.

The two bridges could've co-existed, or a new bridge was built over time further south maybe on discretionary grounds such dictated by the movements of the volcanic lake of Vadimone or by the flooding of the valley of the Tevere as a result of climate changes .

For the moment we can’t know, because in-depth studies on the remains of the so-called Bridge of Augusto do not exist.
It's certain that from Seripola began even another road along the ridge that reached the strategic hill of Cimacolle that continued to places like Campo Antico and from there to Totano. In addition to being linked to a direct road to the port of Seripola, Cimacolle directly faces the bridge of Augusto. There is still much to be discovered about all this.
The bridge of Augusto, also called Pontaccio collapsed between 1514 and 1524, probably due to the flooding of the Tevere. Some say it was brought down for strategic reasons related to the defense of Bracciano.

Surely the traffic on the via Amerina since then has greatly diminished, and from that time up to the construction of a new bridge, crossing the Tevere was by boat or barges. We have two places with the names "Barca"(boat), one near the ancient port of Seripola and the other ‘boat of St. Francis’ near the road coming down from Castel Bagnolo.
On some maps of the via Amerina in the 1600's- 1700's the path is marked continuing towards Narni and Todi without going through Amelia, tracing the route of the present Tiberina with a passage to Amelia still existing in the vicinity of San Gemini.

St. Francis must've passed at least once on the via Amerina returning from Rome in 1209 after the oral approval of the Rule by Pope Innocent III.
His biographers recount his stop at Orte for around 15 days or so and his passage through an area prosperous in water sources rich in iron and sulfurous steam emissions, probably the present spa, the sorrel water of San Lorenzo and the sulfur along the Rio Grande ...
Some people said that he stopped at the Barca di San Francesco in the church of St. Nicolao, others say in St. Masseo, yet others claim in St. Lorenzo. There really is much to be discovered about all this, as well as the role of the countless towers and fortifications in the territory of Ortano that definitely seem related to the transit of via Amerina and its byways. Your opinion?

The second part to Todi, Perugia, Gubbio, etc. starts from Amelia along the left side of the Rio Grande crossing loc. Le Rote, then continuing along the right bank till the bridge of San Leonardo (after the Capuchins) where it is crossed again. The path continues along the valley connecting a series of castles and small towns (that actually came into existance later on in the Via Amerina): Sambucetole, Lacuscello, Collicello, Canale, Frattuccia, Castel dell' Aquila, Forte Caesar until the so called Mestaiola di Sismano in whose vicinity stood the village of Civitelle.

From here there was a steep slope leading to the valley of the river Arnata that ran along and crossed several places (or tributaries) over bridges that still exist until reaching Todi where one entered from Porta Amerina to form a decumanus maximus ,according to the historian and archaeologist Giovanni Becatti. I, however, think it is perhaps more the cardo maximus; went out through the hole in the north, crossed the Rio and headed for Deruta, Vettona, etc. on the left bank of the Tevere. The path between Todi and Perugia is basically retraced by the modern Via Tiberina.

It's clear that during the Middle Ages, with the rise of castles the path of the valley became unsafe and was gradually abandoned. There was a preference for the new path along the ridge, that was parallel to the old one, that linked Avigliano, Dunarobba Sismano, Pesciano, Montenero, Vasciano or on the opposite side St. Restituta, Toscolano, Melezzole, Morre, Collelungo, Izzalini, Fiore, etc. or the other intermediate that linked Castel dell' Aquila to Camerata and Torre Gentile passing through Torre Olivola representing the most impressive and strategic fortification to observe valle dell'Arnata between Castel dell' Aquila and Todi.

 
Path amongst the woods, fortresses and castles
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The Amerino territory runs through woods typical of the Mediterranean hills and broad plains, where agricultural crops alternate with vineyards and olive groves and where historical events have left their unforgettable sign.
Numerous small medieval towns, country cottages, ruins of ancient castles and fortified villages were built along what was once the strategic position of the Byzantine Corridor the only artery that since the sixth century ensured the connection between Rome and the Adriatic as an alternative to the Via Flaminia that was under the Lombard Duchy.

From Amelia, take the State road 205 towards Narni and after the monumental entrance to Villa Aspreta, known as Le Colonne continue along the road of Tuderte-Amerina.
After Foce, leave the main road at the junction of Sambucetole that preserves part of the medieval structure and some sections of the wall, then you reach the village of Collicello with the town walls and towers still visible, then Castel dell' Aquila; of the 13th century castle remains only a tower and a part of the walls.

Here you can find the Museo della Civiltà Contadina (museum of life in the countryside)
Nearby are the ruins of Forte Caesar, a strategic fortress built along the corridor that ran through the Byzantine territory. At Galisciano there is a cave where St. Francis stayed. Not far away are the ruins of the Fortress of Canale and finally the charming medieval village of Frattuccia.

 
Path of Light
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From Perugia to Assisi (25 km)

You basically follow the same path of the classic "Peace March" avoiding whenever possible the asphalt of the main road that exiting St. Costanzo leads to Assisi through Ponte San Giovanni, Collestrada, Ospedalicchio, Bastiola. Starting from the Cathedral are led through Piazza Matteotti, Via Oberdan and the stairs towards the church of St. Ercolano, below, Corso Cavour (structure of San Domenico), the Porta San Pietro Borgo XX June (Saint Peter), Porta S. Costanzo till the big roundabout below with a beautiful fountain in the center. Taking the left, we are led to a secondary road towards the Piscille railway station, going along the cemetery we reach Ponte San Giovanni after passing through a level crossing. We proceed to the bridge on the River Tevere and along the highway E 45 up to the first underpass crossing it on the right and then we take the dirt road in front of the one that leads to Collestrada, passing by the cemetery.

From Collestrada to Assisi there isn't any need for special instructions because you navigate by view by using the Basilica of San Francesco, which is opposite, as reference. If you want to avoid the paved road, there is an alternative route, as shown in the map below. Upon reaching the bridge over the Tescio stream we head towards the steep uphill road that leads directly to the Basilica of St. Francis.

From Assisi to Deruta (22 Km)

Leaving from the center of Assisi (from any point: the town square, San Rufino, St. Clare, Sacred Convent, San Damiano) we head towards the Church of St. Peter, where we recommend a break before leaving considering the destination of the pilgrimage, we then leave the town through the gate carrying the same name; Porta San Pietro. After crossing the square outside (check point for tour buses),we go down the stairs that lead to the so-called "bricked" or ,in reality, the reconstruction of the old paved road that went from Assisi the Porziuncola and we continue on this road to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (3 km). Besides the large square in front, we cross the main road at the roundabout and take via St. Bernardino of Siena, all the way up till Tordandrea (7 km). Having passed through the town (via della Porziuncola and via del Santo Patrono) at an intersection you notice a masterpiece (St. Rocco, St. Antonio), we turn right to Via St. Simeone to the open countryside. At the first crossroads we turn left and continue by via Ose then by via Torte to merge onto the road sp 404 (via Assisi) two hundred meters before crossing the bridge over the Topino river to reach Bettona.

From the roundabout in front of the church of the Madonna del Ponte we go right till the Signoria di Torgiano (Km 16) sp 403 and continue towards Torgiano till the junction of Pontenuovo-Deruta (18 km), turn left to the sp 400 till Pontenuovo (20 km) then continue to Deruta (22 km).

Note: You can avoid approximately 3.5 km of sp 403 between Passaggio and Signoria, turning right (at the second roundabout after the church of the Madonna del Ponte, about 500 m) by via Ponte di Ferro and then along via Salceto that brings you back to the 403 near the loc. Signoria.

If you decide to reach the Sanctuary of the Madonna dei Bagni, the distance turns to 24km because the Sanctuary is 2 km south of the commercial area of Deruta, where you can stay at the Melody hotel (40/45 euro half board) or at the nearby agriturismo Alveare -via della vigna 7 ( 30 € per night during the low season, 60€ high season).


From Deruta to Todi (Km 25)
(23 km if you leave from Santuario della Madonna dei Bagni)

An easy itinerary, it's enough to follow the old road ss. Tiberinais currently divided into various roads almost always along the E45.
The first town is Casalina (3.5 km) in its main square is the church of St. Girolamo and under the same structure is the old hospital of pilgrims. After Ripabianca (6.5 km), at the junction (7 km), continue towards Collepepe and at 8.5 km continue along the sp 383 of Pantalla. At 9.5 km ignore the road signs to Todi on the right and continue straight. After passing Collepepe you reach Acquasanta ( 12km). On the right, near the Tevere river is the small church of the Madonna dell'Acquasanta with frescoes by the Sienese school from the XVI century. Pantalla (14 km) is straight up to 19,500 km. To the left by Pian di Porto, there's a long straight road along the E 45 then near the Hotel Palace turn to the right and take the underpass on the road that goes towards Orvieto, at the foot of the hill of Todi. At the first intersection, turn left to Ponte Rio (23 km) until the end of town, close to an ancient church situated next to the elevated road, turn right to a road on a steep slope (a little more than a mile but really tough) that runs along the ancient cemetery of Todi and enters the city from Porta Perugina.

Note: we advise you to follow the route indicated, even if it's paved roads because there's isn't much traffic and at the moment there aren't any alternatives.If you are still trying to follow a green path along the river we assure you that once established it will be indicated in this guide.

From Todi to Amelia (34Km)
Leaving the city center through the Porta Amerina (in Todi also known as Porta Fratta ) we go down via St. Raffaele, a short stop at the small Romanesque church of St. Stefano then we continue through via delle Piagge till Ponte Naia. The chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is in1.2 km then going in the direction of Fiore along the sports field we reach, after 3 km, the church of S. Maria delle Grazie, built by Antonio Di Domenico PGR in 1734 on an earlier shrine dating to the 1500's. A little further we take the dirt road to the left along the river Arnata that leads towards Torricella. Once past the only home you'll find, on the left along the uphill road, you immediately enter a grove that leads to a new walnut plantation, after which go into the woods again then at the first intersection turn right in the direction of Ospedaletto Vasciano (6 ​​km) or the old Hospital of St. Maria Maddalena, located along the via Amerina. The road continues south along the right bank dell’ Arnata until it reaches the beautiful Ponte di Pesciano, while keeping an eye on the hill opposite the Olivola tower (strategic tower overseeing the street signs of the via Amerina that characterizes this part of the territory) .
After crossing the bridge of Pesciano, we continue along the Arnata, now along the left bank, until the mill of Ciuccio (now known as the English mill). After the mill in about 200 meters one enters the woods to the left for about 100 meters heading towards the ford of the Fosso di Civitella, an offshoot of the Arnata.
Having crossed the stream, you enter an arable field along the route of the of the via Amerina hidden between rows of trees along the field on the right. At the end of the field, continue along the road that runs along Faunistica Anguillara company till the ruins of the ancient bridge Ponte della Falce near the mill of Olivieri / Pesciano. After crossing the bridge take the right for a tough uphill road along the Faunistica Anguillara company that leads to Mestaiola di Sismano (S. Eurosia), which heads downhill towards Forte Caesar and Castel dell' Aquila that can be seen at the horizon towards the south. Slightly to the left lies Avigliano Umbro with the unmistakable square tower of the aqueduct .

Alternative Paths:

1) at the mill of the English, leave the road and head - before the structure - to the left towards the Arnata cross it going on the small footbridge and follow the road for about 3 km, till the mill of Pesciano/ Olivieri (helps to avoid the passage to the ford of Fosso di Civitella that is overflowing especially during winter ).

2)at the Olivieri mill you can walk along for about 500 meters on the left bank of the river to the ruins of the Roman bridge, Ponte della Falce and then take the steep climb to the left before the bridge to the Mestaiola di Sismano or you can go up to the Mestaiola di Sismano through an alternative road that may be more comfortable than the narrow road, although a dirt road and is slightly longer, starting directly from the Olivieri mill.

From Mestaiola di Sismano, dedicated to St. Eurosia, however continue taking the path indicated before it takes a turn toward Castel Aquila, across Osteriaccia, Poggio della Mandorla, Santomanno, always keeping on the right the unmistakable shape of Forte Cesare. Once at the area of the craftmen's workshops get onto the paved road (km 18.5) that leads to the village of Castel dell’ Aquila (20 km) dominated by the church of San Giacomo. The town has the parish center to receive visitors in addition to a few agriturismi.
In case of large groups, very close to of the parish center there is a communal gym (Municipality of Montecastrilli) where one can make use of the showers, contacting the distributor or by obtaining prior authorization from the Municipality of Montecastrilli.
At Castel Aquila half- itinerary can be arranged for those who can't do the entire stretch of 34 km between Todi and Amelia.

There remains 14km from Castel dell’ Aquila to reach Amelia and it is quite an easy route with signposts. It's almost all flat or downhill, with the exception of a slight ascent between the bridge of St. Maria in Canale and the ruins of the Castle of Lacoscello and about 1km uphill from the bridge of St Leonardo at the convent of the Capuchins (former ancient hospital of St. Giacomo). For those who are taking the Franciscan Path of the Amerini mountains, with a small deviation of a few kilometers you can visit the Franciscan cell and the nearby ruins of a Benedictine monastery , above Collicello (please inquire locally).

However, leaving from Castel dell’ Aquila you join the road that goes toward Amelia, after about 700 meters, at a sacred shrine, take the dirt track to the right that goes along the river till the bridge of Collicello. Take the main road towards Amelia for about 200 meters then leave it again for the dirt track on the right, proceed to the top to loc. Laguscello, then to go down again go left towards the same road that leads to Sambucetole. Upon entering the village ask for the directions to the Capuchins no more than 2Km away. This Capuchin monastery was built by expanding the old hospital of San Giacomo. From the square in front, you can see Amelia which is about 5 km away. Continue along the same road until you reach the river park of the Rio Grande, cross the new wooden bridge and up to Amelia that lies just in front.


From Amelia to Orte (18Km)
Between Amelia and Orte various kinds of itineraries can be arranged:

the first takes the road that connects the two towns. around 15 km.
Then there are another two that share the first part until you get close to the border between the provinces of Terni and Viterbo (Umbria and Lazio), then you can choose between the road along the Rio Grande or the ridge. The two roads meet about 2 km before entering the town of Orte. Between the two roads that we recommend, that of the ridge is shorter (about 16 km) going along Rio Grande takes a bit longer (about 18 km) but is much more interesting from a naturalistic perspective. You cross the Rio Grande wading and a zone of sulphurous gas emissions and springs. It is also interesting from an archaeological point of view because it runs along a stretch of the ancient Via Amerina with the remains of a Roman funerary monument and one can visit the ruins of an ancient river harbor (Tevere) to loc. Seripola.

Leaving from Porta Romana take the road via 1 Maggio towards Giove that covers about 3 km till the grotto of Lourdes in loc. Montenero. From there take the road of S. Silvestro and follow it across the ridge for about 1 km and 400 m. The last stretch runs along a large vineyard. which you then enter to drive along the route of the ancient road that you can guess from the brambles on the right. At end of the vineyard continue along the old route or as an alternative there's a path through the woods that follows an old road that retraces the path made by ENEL under the poles of a power line towards the south for around 500 m. Then continue for about 1 km along the edge of the field in the same direction, keeping in sight on the right the ancient route marked by brambles, but also by tall trees, on the border between properties. At the end of the field, under a newly built villa perched on the hill, the path splits apart.

1) Itinerary of the ridge: take the left for 100 m until the Amelia Orte road that starts towards the right, continue for about 2.5 km alongside the agriturismi Campo Antico and la Vecchia Fattoria and another cottage with a big tower up to a curve where you take the dirt road uphill then continuing along the ridge, keeping as a reference the cottage high up ,loc. Cimacolle. Continue along the closed land belonging to Ciucci for about a kilometer till meeting of the dirt road and the road that comes from Penna in Teverina. In front, you will see a signpost of the port of Seripola (for those who wish to visit it, it's about 500 meters you have to get over the agriturismo "la Chiocciola" down to the Tevere and then go back to the previous junction), here is the meeting point with the other route in the valley (that goes up from the port of Seripola) where you continue to Orte, taking the road towards left for 700 m. and then turn right on a dirt road that descends towards the river and the highway.

At the first intersection at a private road , continue left for 1.1 km until you get near the ancient church of San Lorenzo built in memory of the passage of St. Francis (now private, but the owner generally leaves it available for visits upon request ) We then proceed by an underground passage after which you come across a spring with abundant sorrel water. After the fountain, 100 m join the main road towards the right cross the river Tevere and the highway then take the road on the curve with a strong upward path to enter Orte through the gate of San Cesareo.

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