Monte Catria: between nature and spirituality
This route winds around the slopes of Monte Catria where peace and silence reign undisturbed. Numerous steep climbs make the middle part of the tour particularly demanding. Good training beforehand is therefore necessary. A challenging tour, take your time!
MONASTERY OF FONTE AVELLANA,
BOSCO DI TECCHIE,
MOUNTAIN COMPLEX OF MONTE CATRIA
How to reach Cagli:
From the Coast: Autostrada A14, Fano Exit • Superstrada direction Roma • Exit Cagli Ovest
From Inland: S.S. 3 Flaminia, Exit Cagli Ovest
Start: Start from piazza Matteotti in Cagli. This beautiful piazza is a good reference point for cyclists. The piazza can also be reached by car.
Beware of seasonal parking restrictions!
km. 0 Leave the square along via Leopardi. Continue straight-on as far as the tower (“Torrione”). At the stop sign, turn left [⬆️273].
km. 0,6 At the next stop sign, turn left towards Fano. After 200 m, turn right at the traffic lights towards Pergola.
km. 2,8 At the junction, continue straight-on towards Pergola (S.p. 424).
km. 7,2 San Savino [⬆️415].
km. 13,9 At the junction, follow the signs for Pergola.
km. 18,6 start of Pergola. After 200 m, turn right towards Pergola.
km. 19,3 Follow the signs for Fabriano, Sassoferrato. After 600 m, turn right at the traffic lights [⬆️263] towards Fabriano, Sassoferrato, Serra S.Abbondio.
km. 22,4 Go straight-on at the roundabout..
km. 23,7 Start of Bellisio Solfare [⬆️341].
km. 26,2 At the junction, follow the signs to the right for Fonte Avellana, Serra Sant’Abbondio.
km. 28,6 The road starts to climb up to Serra Sant’Abbondio. The top of the hill is reached after 2.5 km [⬆️520].
At the next junction: follow the signs for Urbino, Cagli, Frontone.
km. 35,2 Start of Frontone. 400 m further on, turn left at the roundabout towards Urbino, Cagli.
km. 36,3 At the junction, turn left towards Foce, Fonte Avellana [⬆️429].
km. 38,7 At the junction, turn left towards Fonte Avellana. The road starts to climb [⬆️485].
km. 42,8 The road goes over the pass [⬆️781]. Follow the road down to the (Abbey) Abbazia di Fonte Avellana. Warning, narrow road!
After 1.6 km, the road arrives at the Abbey [⬆️683].
km. 47,8 At the junction, turn right towards Scheggia [⬆️506]. The road starts to climb. After 2.5 km. the road arrives at the pass [⬆️624].
Follow the road downhill, very steep in places: take care!
km. 54,1 Start of Isola Fossara [⬆️444]. ]. End of the downhill stretch. After 200 m, turn right at the junction towards Scheggia.
km. 58,1 At the junction, turn right towards Cantiano, Cagli [⬆️515]. The road starts to climb. After 3.1 km. the road arrives at the pass [⬆️653 m]. Follow the road down towards Chiaserna.
km. 67,4 Start of Cantiano [⬆️360]. End of the downhill stretch. 100 m. further on, follow the signs for Pesaro.
km. 68,1 Immediately after the traffic lights at Cantiano, follow the signs to the right for Cagli, Fano. 200 m further on, at the roundabout, follow the signs to the right for Pesaro, Fano. Now the route continues along the ancient via Flaminia.
km. 69,7 Junction with the dual carriageway (on the left, deviation for Bosco di Tecchie). Here, take the road to the right and continue along the ancient via Flaminia. 2.1 km further on, follow the signs for Fano.
km. 72,4 Follow the signs for “Albergo Ristorante Pizzeria Terrazza sul Burano”. 400 m further on, follow the signs for Cagli.
km. 76,2 At the stop sign, follow the directions to Cagli. Cagli is reached after 400 m.
km. 77.4 Leave the main road at the junction, turning left to follow the signs for Pietralunga.
km. 77,7 Turn right at the tower (Torrione) to arrive at the piazza.
km. 78,1 Arrival at piazza Matteotti in Cagli.
Cagli ⬆️273 ➡️63
Cagli is located along the ancient “via Flaminia” on the slopes of Monte Petrano near the confluence of the Burano and Bosso rivers. The area is also characterised by the presence of the eminent Catria and Nerone mountain chains.
One of the entrances to the city features the rather imposing Ponte Mallio Roman bridge. The symbol of Cagli is the elliptical Keep or “Torrione” built by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, as part of the XV Century fortifications. Today, the keep is the home of the Centre for Contemporary Scultpure. A precious fresco by Giovanni Santi, father of Raphael, is still preserved in the church of San Domenico. The city’s theatre is also worthy of note.
Information: Tourist Office, tel. 0721 780773; Information Centre, tel. 0721 787457.
Frontone ⬆️420 ⬆️73
The town is situated on the slopes of Monte Catria, nestling between hills and valleys that make it a privileged destination for tourists and nature lovers. Places to visit include the castle which overlooks the valley, built in the XI Century and subsequently modified by Francesco di Giorgio Martini. Information: Tourist Office, tel. 0721 786302.
Monastery of Fonte Avellana ⬆️683
The monastery, which Dante mentions in the XXI canto of “Paradise” after his stay there, stands at the foot of Monte Catria on the eastern side of the mountain. The monastery was founded in circa 980 by San Romualdo, founder of the Camaldolesi monks. Today, the complex represents one of the most important monastic centres in the Marche Region. A compulsory stopover for cyclists in search of peace and refreshment.
Information: Eremo di Fonte Avellana, tel. 0721 730261.
Cantiano ⬆️360 ➡️73
Cantiano is situated on the slopes of Monte Catria between the courses of the Burano and Bevano rivers. Worth a visit are the Collegiata di San Giovanni Battista and the Church of Sant’Agostino. A unique local event is the annual “Turba”, which is the re-enactment in costume of the Passion of Christ held on Good Friday. Information: Tourist Office, Tel. 0721 788321.
The Tecchie Woods can be found in the Serre di Burano area of Cantiano and extend over approximately 180 hectares. The prevalent species are the Adriatic oak and beech. The woods were established in 1986 and have been included in the oases of WWF Italia. A rich collection of fauna and flora characterise the woods.
Information: Tourist Office, tel. 0721 788321.
Monte Catria mountain range
It consists of Monte Acuto (W 1668), Monte Tenetra (W 1236) and Monte Catria which, with its 1,701 metres, is the highest peak in the northern sector of the Umbro-Marchigiano Apennine range. Numerous species of mountain flora make the summit of Monte Catria a place of notable botanical interest. Further down, instead, the slopes are covered with precious woods, mostly beech. The ideal place for climbers far away from the noise of traffic.
Information: Comunità Montana del Catria e Nerone, tel. 0721 7877521.