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Forests and truffles between Orvieto and Città della Pieve
Città della Pieve, Fabro, Allerona, Orvieto, Ficulle, Fabro, Città della Pieve

Technical Sheet

Starting and finishing point: Città della Pieve
Distance: 103 km.
Total ascent: 1,600 metres
Grade: difficult
Road surface: asphalt
Recommended type of bike: road
Places to visit in the area: Città della Pieve, Selva di Meana, Allerona, Orvieto, Ficulle.

This particular route is 103 kilometres long, and as such is one of the longest in the book; given also the various climbs involved, it is only really suited to fit cyclists. For those fit enough to be able to do the ride, however, it is well worth the effort, as the itinerary is a magnificent one that touches upon important artistic towns, such as Orvieto and Città della Pieve, as well as areas of outstanding natural beauty, like the Selva di Meana (between Fabro and Allerona) and Monte Nibbio.

The climbs you encounter on this ride are rather long, but are never really steep, and if you wish you may shorten the ride by several km. when you get to Allerona Scalo, by taking a detour leading you to the last few steep sections of the climb up to the pass at Monte Nibbio.

The starting point is the sports ground in Città della Pieve, situated just outside the town centre. From here, ride in the direction of Orvieto and then start to descend towards San Casciano dei Bagni. At the end of the descent, bear left towards Fabro, and then ride the next 10 kilometres on the flat as far as km.16, where you turn right in the direction of Fabro once again and ride up to the said village. Carry on along the SP52, and after several ups and downs, the road climbs once again up towards Allerona.

This climb, which is not particularly steep, passes through the dense forest known as the Selva di Meana, and up the covered slopes of Monte Rufeno, which afford the rider some much-appreciated shade in the hotter summer months.

The pass is situated at km.32, and is followed by a long descent down to Allerona, and then to Allerona Scalo (at which point you can shorten the ride somewhat by turning left towards Sala), and from here you continue in the direction of Orvieto, the unmistakeable outline of which can be seen in the distance.

At km. 56 you get to the foot of the hill on which the town of Orvieto lies; turn left here towards Orvieto Scalo (or climb the 2 kilometres up to the old town centre, which is most definitely worth a visit). Then follow the signs for the motorway (passing another turning going up to Orvieto town centre – this road is slightly less steep than the previous one), as far as the roundabout at Orvieto Scalo, and bear left towards Ficulle.

After a steep climb of about one kilometre, carry on along the SS71, and you now have a 9 km. climb up to the Nibbio Pass (550 m.): there is a wonderful view from the pass across to Monte Cetona and the valley separating Umbria from Tuscany.

The road drops down now, via Ficulle, to Fabro Scalo (km. 87): follow the signs to Ciità della Pieve, and ride back along the 10 kilometres of flat road that you covered at the beginning of the ride. When you get to Ponticelli, ride back up the hill to Città della Pieve (see ‘photo above).

Things not to miss

Città della Pieve, an Etruscan-Roman town that has preserved a large proportion of its old buildings, the most important of which being: the Cathedral, which houses paintings by the town’s two most famous painters, Perugino and Pomarancio; the Church of Santa Maria dei Bianchi, with the extraordinary "Adorazioni dei Magi" by Perugino.

Other buildings of interest the Rocca (a fortress built in 1326 compete with five towers), the sixteenth-century Palazzo della Corgna and Palazzo Bandini, and the eighteenth-century Palazzo della Fargna and Palazzo Baglioni.

Other places of interest in the local area include Allerona, situated in the middle of the woods near to the public nature reserve of Selva di Meana, a wonderful forest in the midst ofwhich there is even the only Liberty-style building in Umbria with an Italianate garden, Villa Cahen. Nearby there is another small nature reserve, Parco di Villalba, consisting of more than 20 hectares of public parkland.

Then there are the ancient hilltop villages of Fabro and Ficulle, which offer visitors some wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.

Sala Castle, situated not far from Ficulle, is a medieval construction that originally belonged to the Monaldeschi family, who made it an impenetrable fortress at that time.



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