Discovering the Valnerina

Excursion in the Valnerina – From Sant'Anatolia di Narco to the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle

Hiking in the Valnerina: from Sant'Anatolia di Narco to the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle

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Difficulty:  E (easy excursion)
Ascent/descent:  +550/ - 520
Distance: 

14,2 Km

Surface:  Dirt roads

Are you ready for a lovely walk surrounded by the beauty of the Valnerina? Start out from Sant'Anatolia di Narco, when you get to the SS209 climb up to the bed of the old railway tracks following the white/red trail markers. At the juncture with the paved road, turn left, pass in front of the cemetery and head to the underpass. Near an old farmhouse, turn left and cross over a bridge, keeping your eye on the trail markers. Here you will come to a juncture with a dirt road, take the road on the right, and, following the trail markers, enter the woods. When you reach a crossroads with another dirt road, turn left and follow the trail towards the woods. The path reaches a pass, and here the descent begins. You will reach Collefabbri and continue on the paved road towards Ceselli. You will reach Contaglia and then Ceselli. To see the town, turn right, or go straight until you reach the juncture with the SS209. Once in town, go visit the Church of San Vito, which was built in 1080 and is home to Renaissance frescoes depicting martyr saints, and the Church of San Sabino. To get to know the town better, head to the Osteria di Ceselli, an important hub, decorated with frescoes painted by local artists in the XVI century. It was here, in 1831, that Archbishop Mastai Ferretti stopped as he fled Spoleto to reach the Bourbon state.

When you've seen it all, cross the bridge over the Nera river and follow signs for Via di Roma, continue on the dirt road in the same direction and, when you come across the juncture with the paved road, go straight. When you get to Colleponte, turn right and cross another bridge over the Nera river. When you reach the SS209, turn right and stay on it. Turn left and follow the signs for the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle. When you get there its beauty will amaze you. This Benedictine abbey is one of the most important buildings of the Late Middle Ages in all of central Italy, surrounded by nature and the silence of the Valnerina.