Trekking in Umbria

by mirko

Umbria is an ideal region for trekking lovers.
Inside the Colfiorito Park, the itinerary of the Castelliere is worth mentioning, which offers glimpses overlooking the Colfiorito plateaus and allows you to discover the ancient Roman castles. The route is about four km.
In the Trasimeno Park there are both hiking and tourist routes. Among the excursion types we will find: Castel Rigone-Torre Fiume. The first is a fraction of the Municipality of Passignano, and it is due to its proximity to the wooded areas that makes it ideal for trekking and bird watching enthusiasts, which passes through Torre Fiume, of medieval origin with the ruins of a castle.
Fontignano-Montali-M.Solare. Fontignano is a town that lies on the slopes of Lake Trasimeno, where the tomb of Perugino is located inside the Church of the Annunziata.
Magione-Monte Ruffiano; Montellino-Monte, and the latter is a fortified village in the fourteenth century. and from 1556 it became the seat of the lake government. Penna-Montesperello; Torale-Vernazzano-Cima di Tuoro-Pischiello. This route allows you to pass through an important area for oil production, towards Tassinaie you can see a horse farm and passing through Vernazzano you can admire the Torre Torta (with an even greater slope than the Tower of Pisa), up to in Pischiello with the 1720 Villa del Pischiello, surrounded by an Italian garden.
Torale-Pischiello-Poggio Bandito; and finally the last itinerary, Sanguioneto-M.Gualandro which starts from a small cluster of houses, Sanguineto, whose name derives from the blood shed during the battle between the Roman army and Hannibal who managed to defeat them. Once in Monte Gualandro, the castle stands on the top, privately owned but still worth a walk around the walls to admire the view of the lake and the Tuscan plain.
The tour is of a tourist type: Missiano-Monte Petrarvella-Panicale, where you cross the highest mountain that is close to Panicale, which is part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
Pauciano-Pausillo, inserted both in the most beautiful villages in Italy and in the city of oil, is located on Mount Petrarvella, where in ancient times there was a temple in honor of the god Janus.
Passignano-Poggio Belveduto. It starts from the center of Passignano, and a walk inside the city is recommended and continuing, immediately you can admire a splendid view of Lake Trasimeno.
Inside the Monte Cucco Park, there are mainly trails for experts and only one type of excursion route (Le Faggete and the Karst plains of the Alta Valle del Rio Freddo). For experts there is La Valle delle Prigioni, the classic circular route of the Umbrian-Marche Apennines, with relatively low altitudes, it can be carried out at any time of the year even if it is preferable in spring when the various botanical species have flourished. . The crack of Lecce, whose name derives from an imposing rocky wall, which reaches about 70 m which has a kind of central laceration and the legend tells that in these areas the God Vulcan had his forge to make weapons. A path that combines nature, history and spirituality is from the Hermitage of Monte Cucco to Pian delle Macinare. The Hermitage is one of the oldest settlements in the area and is located in the eastern part of the Monte Cucco massif, perched at the base of a limestone amphitheater with caves on the steep wall, the buildings rise on a spur overlooking the Valle del Cold Rio.
In the Monte Subasio Park we will find a first route Assisi-Eremo delle Carceri-Croce di Sassopiano, recommended for all those who want to reach the Hermitage on foot through secondary roads, starting from the Rocchicciola of Assisi. The hermitage was born at the beginning as a chapel surrounded by caves and places of meditation and later with San Francesco acquires the nickname of "Carceri", as a synonym for retreat in solitude. Arriving at the Croce di Sassopiano, you can enjoy a splendid view over the valley and Assisi. On the Valtopina-Armenzano route, you start from Valtopina which rises along the Topino river, and nearby there are evidence of both the early Christian, Roman, pre-Roman and medieval ages. The arrival is in Armenzano, whose name derives from “armentum” which means herd and indicates the importance that pastoralism has for the inhabitants of the town. Spello-Madonna della Spella, starts from the town and passes through an avenue of olive trees from which you can have a splendid view of the village, up to Madonna della Spella, a sanctuary built in 1080 and the name derives from "specula" which means view, due to the panoramic position from which you can admire the Umbrian Valley and the Sibillini Mountains. In the park there is a short but still pleasant tourist route, Forra del Marchetto, which starts from Pian della Pieve where you can see the gorges carved into the rock by the stream, and the Medieval Bridge of the Marchetto.
In the Sibillini Mountains Park, which throughout the year offers naturalistic, historical and cultural paths but also a pleasant experience such as the 124 km long Sibillini Great Ring, which in nine days of walking allows you to discover the whole Mountain range.

To conclude in the Parco del Nera, there are several hiking and tourist routes. Among the first is Collefergiara-Monte la Pelosa, recommended for its botanical and geological aspects, in fact during the journey it is possible to find fossil outcrops of marine origin, but in general finds such as ammonites. Not to be missed in spring a splendid flowering on the slopes of Monte la Pelosa. A religious itinerary is Ferentillo-Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, and from the start you can see the ancient mule track connecting Spoleto and Monteleone, very important from a commercial point of view, as it connected the three valleys (Spoletina, Valnerina and Leonessa valley). The abbey is set in the Valnerina, it was built in the Lombard period by Duke Feroaldo II where the hermits Lazzaro and Giovanni lived. The last excursion itinerary is of archaeological interest and goes from Montefranco-San Mamiliano, and along a stretch of the Via del Ferro, which in ancient times connected the mining area of ​​Monteleone di Spoleto to Scheggino in the Nera Valley. The town of Montefranco with an ancient medieval castle located on a spur, and then go up to Monte Moro where it is possible to visit the archaeological site with the remains of a Roman sanctuary and two cisterns. On the tourist routes, Arrone-Tripozzo should be mentioned, a route that follows the oil path from the ancient Romans to the mills of today; Colleponte-Umbriano, which starts from the center of Colleponte, of medieval origin inside which the fortress and the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista are to be noted, and then travels along an ancient stretch of the Valnerina that ends with the arrival at the Castle of Umbriano whose origin is linked to the period of the Saracen invasions.

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