Comfortable shoes, water and an urge to explore: that’s what you need to enjoy the best of Umbria. Among the best itineraries immersed in the greenery, we recommend the one starting at the Rio Grande Park, few kilometres from Amelia. From here, head then towards Sambucetole, a territory rich in history and culture rising on a hill and still keeping its original hexagonal plan.
The itinerary, suitable for trekking as well as mountain bikes, presents some hard stretches, characterized by steep climbs and a bumpy surface. For this reason, it’s recommended for well trained bikers and walkers.
From the Rio Grande Park, better known as Lago Vecchio (Old Lake), head towards Sambucetole and start a quite steep climb on a dirt road. From here, short stretches of asphalt alternate with others in the forest, but the effort is rewarded by the view over the town of Amelia. Even if far away, you can see the city walls, the cathedral and the church of St. Augustine, as well as the country church of the Lady of Five Sources who, according to an ancient legend, would have also offered a shelter to St. Francis.
After travelling about 5 km, turn left until you reach the first real tough climb of the journey. The road is rocky, a dfficult surface for bike tires.
With the climb completed at km 7.7, relax and enjoy the view over the characteristic village of Collicello. This small town, almost a guardian along the Amerina Road, is an ideal place to recover your energies and refill waterbottles at a small fountain located near the entrance gate.
Leaving the village, continue your journey towards Frattuccia. Start the second climb of the itinerary that ends at the km 17. In the midst of trees and dappled forest light, take the path towards Macchie and start the descent. From this moment on, the route to the town of Amelia is easier.
Always paying attention to the ground that can be rough, at km 22 you will find the small town of Macchie, that became famous because it hosted Federico Barbarossa during his trip down to Rome. After a short stretch on the asphalt, go back to the dirt road and turn right by following the directions for the farmhouse Rocca Basso.
Go on for some kilometres on a plateau along a spectacular stretch winding its way through meadows and pastures. Afterwards you will enter the road of Cavallerizza, where you can enjoy the shadow of the holm oaks and benefit from the picnic area. By going on down along the path, go back again to the Rio Grande Park, so return to our starting point.
Per alcuni chilometri, proseguiamo su un altopiano lungo un tratto spettacolare che si snoda in mezzo a prati e pascoli. Dopodiché entriamo nel bosco della Cavallerizza, dove si può godere dell'ombra del lecceto e usufruire dell'area picnic. Continuando a scendere lungo il sentiero, torniamo di nuovo al Parco Rio Grande, giungendo così al nostro punto di partenza.