Trekking on Mount Pennarossa
A panoramic itinerary from which to admire the Marmore waterfalls
Are you avid walkers? Do you love to breath in the fresh breeze at high altitudes, far from the chaos and noise of city life? Wee, you've found your kingdom. The itinerary we suggest here will not disappoint you, if you're a true trekker.
We bring you to the green heart of Umbria, in a land that will amaze you. There are three possible starting points: from Piazzale Vasi, within the Marmore Waterfall tourist area, one of Europe's highest. The waterfall's name derives from its white rocks, rich of calcium carbonate, which look a bit like marble.
We find ourselves at the end of the Valnerina, an area characterized by the presence of typical animals such as the mallard, crag martin, and river kingfisher. From here, the path climbs up to the Belvedere Giuseppe Federico Gmelin, an observation point dedicated to a German painter and engraver from who lived between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th. We thus continue towards Pennarossa, from where it is possible to enjoy a beautiful vista over the mountain and its environs.
An alternative version of this itinerary starts instead from San Liberatore, a small town in Terni province. The town developed around an ancient Benedictine convent, which was then converted into a Franciscan monastery. Today, sadly, only the connected church of Santa Croce survives.
If you decide to set off from here, don't miss Batteria natural park, which owes its name to an anti-aircraft cannon (batteria antiaerea). Still today it is possible to find the remains of some of the small barrack's objects.
From Pennarossa, we descend towards Colle Raso, near the medieval castle of Collestatte, another potential starting point of the trekking itinerary circle. Within the castle's perimeter wall, still preserved in good state, it is possible to visit the Manassei palace, seat of the local town council, the church of San Pietro, and the 16th century bell-tower. A few miles away, instead, it is possible to view the remains of one of the naves of the church of Santa Maria, a building dating from the high middle-ages.