Furlo nature Reserve
The itinerary winds its way around the Furlo and Cesane mountain chains through a spectacular landscape. The two main climbs (Cesana and Passo di S.Gregorio) include a number of steep sections alternating with easier and rather picturesque valley roads. An easy uphill stretch leads to the town of Urbino (max. alt. 588 m).
GOLA DEL FURLO, FOSSOMBRONE, MONTI DELLE CESANE, FERMIGNANO
How to reach Furlo:
From the Coast: Autostrada A14, Fano Exit • Superstrada for Rome. Furlo Exit
From Inland: Superstrada Grossetto-Fano, Acqualagna Exit • Follow road signs for Furlo
Start: The start of the itinerary is in the “piazzale” in front of the “Centro documentazione della Riserva del Furlo” (Furlo Reserve Document Centre) in the town of Furlo. The piazza has a car park, fountain, bar and public telephone.
km. 0 Leave the piazzale [⬆️188] and turn right onto via Flaminia (S.S. 3). The route crosses Gola del Furlo (Furlo Gorge).
km. 2,3 Traffic lights prior to entering the Roman tunnel [⬆️188]. Continue straight-on.
km. 5 At the dual carriageway [⬆️155] turn left towards Calmazzo (S.S. 3).
km. 7,2 Calmazzo [⬆️141]. Keep to the right in the direction of Pesaro.
km. 9,8 Continue straight-on (on the right, optional turn-off for Marmitte dei Giganti).
km. 11 Town of Fossombrone [⬆️110], continue straight-on towards Fano (4 sets of traffic lights).
km. 17,4 Ponte degli Alberi [⬆️74]]: after crossing a bridge, turn left for Isola del Piano, the road starts to climb.
Follow the road to Isola del Piano.
km. 23,6 Isola del Piano [⬆️170]. At the village (situated on the left), turn right before the small bridge (Km 24.4) following the signs for Gallo di Petriano. The road climbs and has sharp bends.
km. 28,5 Scotaneto [⬆️365]. Turn left for Urbino. After 200 m, turn left following the signs for Petriano, 50 m further on turn left following the signs for Monti delle Cesane.
km. 31,6 At the crossroads, turn right for Urbino [⬆️356]. The road goes through the Monti delle Cesane hill range, climbing up to an altitude of 588 m. Continue along the main road following the signs for Urbino.
km. 47,7 At the roundabout take the left exit (7-o-clock) towards Fermignano. The road starts to go downhill. Dangerous section of road due to traffic. Take maximum care. The city if Urbino is a good place to stop. To visit the city, follow the signs for “Centro”.
km. 53,2Fermignano [⬆️192]. Turn right towards Fermignano. 70 m further on, turn left following the signs for Fermignano. The route passes through the Fermignano industrial area.
km. 57,2 At the traffic lights, continue straight on. 200 m further on, turn left following the signs for Acqualagna [⬆️ 203]. Here is the second climb on the itinerary. The road climbs to Passo di S.Gregorio [W384].
km. 61,9 Over the pass [⬆️384]. The road starts to go downhill towards Acqualagna. Pay particular attention on the bends which can be sudden and very tight.
km. 65,4 Acqualagna [⬆️215]. Continue straight-on towards Fano. At the stop sign, turn left towards Fano along via Flaminia (S.S. 3).
km. 67,5 Abbey of S.Vincenzo al Furlo [⬆️185].
km. 70,2 The route arrives back at the “piazzale” in front of Furlo Reserve Offices.
Furlo gorge⬆️ 976 max
The state-owned nature reserve of “Gola del Furlo” includes monte Pietralata and monte Paganuccio. Situated a mere 30 km from the coast, the nature reserve lies on the edge of the Apennines and offers landscapes and panoramas that are unique to this mountainous region.
The ancient Roman road the “Flaminia Way” passes through the gorge and was built between 224 and 220 B.C. The tunnel, built by Emperor Vespasian, which leads into the gorge is worthy of note. Alongside this tunnel, though barely visible, is the previous tunnel built by the Etruscans as far back as 450 B.C. Information: Tourist Information Centre, tel. 0721 700041.
The ancient town of Fossombrone lies along the Flaminia Way and stands between the spurs of the Cesane mountains and the steep northern slopes of the Cappuccini hills. The ancient city of Forum
Sempronii is a splendid example of the balance between economic activities and environmental protection. The city is surrounded by the lush green hills of the Cesane mountains, offering all kinds of amenities for the traveller and numerous opportunities for cycling on
both touring and mountain bikes. Places to visit: the citadel (the oldest and probably the most fascinating part of the city), the Vernarecci Museum and Art gallery, the Cesarini Picture Gallery, and
the stupendous Roman spa complex at S. Martino del Piano.
Information: I.A.T. – Tourist Office, tel. 0721 716324.
The Cesane mountains ⬆️648 max
The Cesane Mountains that link Fossombrone with Urbino are covered for the most part by shady forests of conifers. The transplanting was started in 1916 by Austrian prisoners of war and subsequently continued with extensive reforestation work, which has extended the woodlands for several kilometres in the direction of Urbino. The particular conformation of the ground is a true
paradise for cyclists, with low rises and panoramas of Romagna and the Metaurus valley providing breathtaking scenery. The Cesane Mountains constitute the most important biological agriculture
production area in Italy.
The town stands on the left bank of the Metaurus river and is surrounded by a sinuous landscape of hills and small valleys. This is the place for cyclists, a large number of whom make use of rail-bikes
with which it is possible to reach the splendid city of Urbino along the old railway. It is on the nearby plain of S. Silvestro where the historic Battle of the Metaurus is said to have taken place in 207 B.C. in which the Romans defeated the Carthaginians under General Hasdrubal. In Corso Bramante, the visitor can admire the eye-catching portal of palazzo Calistri. The Palio della Rana (Frog Race), which has ancient origins, and the Gran Premio del Biciclo Ottocentesco (XIX century
Bicycle Grand Prix) are held every year. Information: Tourist Office, tel.