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A walk in the park of the Rio Grande
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The territory of Amerino, thanks to its natural setup, allows the practice of several outdoor sports.
Immerse yourself in nature, continue on foot or by mountain bike, live it in its various aspects is what you can achieve in this area where sports is not only a source of wellbeing but also an "adventure" to live intensely. In the area you can follow a series of nature trails, many of are properly marked, suitable for all levels of fitness, from the more relaxing walks to challenging hikes in trekking and mountain bike, one can even go fishing and bird watching.
The mountains of our area are animated with an impressive underground world, a heaven for speleologists. The exploration of the subsoil reserves holds unexpected surprises in the Amelia, just think about the many excursions that can be made in the natural caves of the area.
For horse-riding enthusiasts, many agriturismo facilities in Amelia and its surrounding offer the opportunity to attend courses in horseback riding and make long walks or go riding in the woods immersed in the peaceful greenery of the Umbrian hills.
Numerous theme parks such as 'La Cavallerizza', a few kilometers from Amelia, the Park of San Silvestro in Fornole and Parco Mattia & S.Giovanni at Porchiano del Monte.
The park of the Rio Grande, on the road from Amelia to Macchie, it is one of the most interesting places in the area where there is a bike path and pedestrian path as well as a relaxing wellbeing path with charts and reports that allows the visitor to follow the trails up the small body of water in the lake Vecchio and then to the medieval and picturesque dam of "La Para".

The Lake Vecchio, a picturesque mirror of water obtained through the damming of the Rio Grande, over time and due to sediment transport has acquired more and more the character of a charming pond, whose banks, in small, reproduce the image of the Lake of Alviano with alders, willows and poplars.
In quiet moments one can even catch a glimpse of the flight of some wild duck or a spectacular heron. The lake can be crossed in a rowing boat, starting from a docking area on the road to Macchie, along its bends until you reach a small beach and arriving right up to a huge medieval dam in brick.
Around Amelia, embedded in a narrow rocky valley, flows the Rio Grande, that collects the waters of a set of streams from the hills behind, passing under bridges with evocative names: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise. Ideal place to spend a Sunday at the lake where you can even go fishing; the park is also equipped with tables for picnics. The area is the subject of an enhancement project that foresees the recovery of tree species including the replanting of the so called "old orchards" that once characterized the area.


 
Naturalistic itineraries of Monti Amerini organized by the Mountain Community of the Amerino-"Croce di Serra"
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The following itineraries were proposed by the Mountain Community of the Amerino-"Croce di Serra"-
Path 1-2 - Macchie – Sorgente di Capita
Distance: 3100 km
Time required: 1hr 15mins (adults & children)
Scale of difficulty: easy

This route starts from the parking area located near the town of Macchie of Amelia where in 2002, the Mountain Community of the Amerino made an green educational path on preserving the woods. After passing a few hundred meters of the Macchie- Castello road, across farmland, the route continues along pleasant stretches of evergreen shrubs. Walking further on, you come across a small reservoir filled by springs which serves as water source for livestock grazing in the area.

The presence of water even during dry periods, makes it clear to the visitor that they're in the vicinity of the first route. After another three hundred meters you will reach the Spring of Capita characterized by the presence of oak trees of considerable size. At the back of the rocky wall you can see a building that protects the source.

The absolute silence broken only by birdsong, allows the visitor to hear the sound of water gushing from the walls. A little further down there is a small fountain filled by the overflow of the source.


Path 2-3 - Sorgente di Capita – Piani Peloni
Distance: 1100 km
Time required: 30mins (adults & children)
Scale of difficulty: easy
After leaving the picnic area of Capita take the road downhill after about 150m, turn left to plunge into the dense vegetation of oak and hornbeam trees that form, with their foliage, a very broad natural tunnel . The route runs along an old trail used for the cutting of the wood. When the slope becomes most consistent, it means the visitor is approaching the third picnic area. The dense vegetation gives way to a large clearing that is a real crossroads for various destinations. The visitor reaches the picnic area of Piani Peloni at an altitude of 684m above sea level.
At the edge of the clearing you can enjoy the sight of the stone containers partly natural and partly man-made, called "pitali", where legend has it that in the past the monks in the area, gathered water to be used for various purposes.

Path 3-4 - Piani Peloni – Piani Cruci
Distance: 0,450 km
Time required: 15mins (adults & children)
Scale of difficulty: medium
From Piani Peloni going in a westerly direction to the road "Frattuccia-Guardea", in a short time you reach the clearing of Piani Cruci that has been transformed into an area equipped for leisure and outdoor dining .
From this point at an altitude of 726m you can admire to the north the summit of Mount Pianicel Grande, to the east the Summit of Aiola and to the south the summit of Mount Castellare. At the foot of the latter, known as "Macea Caprina" it is said that a golden kid ( baby goat) is buried. Reaching the edge of the clearing to the west, you can see the branches of the trees and the ruins of Ancient Guardea below the valley of Cocciano.

Path 4-5 - Piani Cruci – Acerone
Distance: 1250 km
Time required: 45mins (adults & children)
Scale of difficulty: medium
After a break in Piani Cruci, the suggested itinerary goes north towards Acerone.
The smooth roads and tracks that accompanied the visitors now give way to a path that is immersed in dense evergreen shrubs.
During the tour you can admire astonishing specimens of oak trees and traces of human presence who, in the past, in order to survive came frequently to the woods. You will encounter open spaces where charcoal pits were set up and more a little further you'll come across structures built using only dry stone (without the use of mortar). You'll also find "stables" that served as a shelter for pigs grazing in the area. When the dense vegetation gives way to large clearings, the visitor's gaze can encircle the horizon at 360 ° .
To the east you can admire the chain of the Martani mountains , further south is the unmistakable silhouette of Mount Terminillo, followed by that of Mount Soratte.
By continuing to rotate your gaze clockwise , you can see the Cimini mountains and to the west the famous dome of Montefiascone. On clear days, in addition to the Monte Amiata and Monte Cetona, you can distinguish some characteristic centers such as Civita di Bagnoregio and the highest part of the Cathedral of Orvieto.
From here you can admire in detail the ruins of Guardea Vecchia and the imposing Castello del Poggio di Guardea dominating the Tevere valley along with the oasis of Alviano.

At an altitude of 880 m. above sea level going into the woods again you see the unmistakable silhouette of the Acerone. This specimen of Acer Obtusatum of considerable size has been reported in a national newspaper among the natural beauties of Italy.

Percorso 5-6 – Piani Peloni – Grotta Bella

Distance: 2700 km
Time required: 1hr 20mins (adults & children)
Scale of difficulty: easy
Back again to Piani Peloniyou can take the final proposed itinerary that leads to the Grotta Bella.
Taking the road that goes in a northern direction you'll find yourself back into the woods. The holm oak, so far the dominant species, leaves room for hornbeam, oak and the oak.
On the way you will come across an old gravel quarry. Once in the valley you leave the main road leading to the hamlet of St. Restituta to get on the right to an old track surrounded by nature . After about seven hundred meters you leave the track again for a short dirt path that leads to the Grotta Bella, the last town of the proposed itineraries.
For further information: Comunità Montana dell’Amerino” Croce di Serra” – tel.0744/903222

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