The hills of Bianchello
The itinerary takes in the entire eastern riviera of Fano and the overlooking hills.
Suitable for expert cyclists trained for 80 kilometres routes and over. A fascinating tour, plenty of ups and downs without any difficult climbs.
MONTEMAGGIORE AL METAURO,
ORCIANO DI PESARO
How to reach Marotta:
From the Coast: autostrada A14, Marotta Exit • follow road signs for “mare”
From Inland: S.p. 424 Cesanense
Start: The tour starts from Marotta at the Piazza Roma roundabout between the main Marotta traffic lights and the sea.
Here, there is a car park, public telephone, fountain and a number of tourist establishments.
km. 0 Starting from the roundabout: take the road that runs parallel to the beach (lungomare Colombo), turning right onto the cycle track (south).
km. 3 Pass under the railway bridge at the traffic lights.
km. 3,2 At the stop sign, turn left onto the S.S. 16. After 100 m, turn right towards Mondolfo.
km. 5,3 Turn right into via Campanella (side road). After 70 m, there is a fountain on the right.
km. 7,0 At the stop sign, cross the S.S. 424. Continue straight-on towards S.Costanzo [⬆️34]. The road starts to climb gently.
km. 11,6 At the stop sign, turn right towards San Costanzo.
km. 12,7 At the stop sign, turn left towards San Costanzo (S.p. 16). Enter San Costanzo [⬆️150].
km. 13,5 The road runs alongside the town walls. Turn left towards Orciano. The road passes through a succession of villages:
Cerasa [⬆️161], Piagge and S.Giorgio di Pesaro [⬆️212]. Continue towards Orciano di Pesaro.
km. 30,5 Orciano di Pesaro [⬆️264]. Continue along the main road.
km. 31,9 At the stop sign, turn left. Branch off to the right to visit the old centre of Orciano di Pesaro.
km. 34,6 Barchi. Short distance to the old centre [⬆️319]. Follow the walls.
km. 40,4 At the crossroads, turn left for Fratterosa.
km. 41 At the crossroads, turn right for Reforzate.
km. 41,6 After Reforzate [⬆️321] there is a short but dangerous downhill stretch. At the next stop sign, turn left.
km. 43,3 S.Ippolito. On leaving the village, the road starts going down towards Fossombrone.
km. 45,8 Take maximum care. At the crossroads, turn right towards the dual carriageway (Superstrada). Bottom of the hill [⬆️103].
km. 47,3 Pian di Rose. After the village, continue straight on. Don’t turn left to the industrial zone!
km. 50 Turn right towards Montemaggiore al Metauro.
km. 50,9 At the stop sign, turn left towards Calcinelli. At the next crossroads, turn right towards Montemaggiore al Metauro.
km. 52,1 At the crossroads, turn left towards Orciano di Pesaro.
km. 53,7 At the stop sign, turn left towards Montemaggiore al Metauro.
km. 56,1 At the stop sign, turn right towards Montemaggiore al Metauro. The road starts to climb.
km. 57,2 Continue straight-on towards the townhall “municipio” (the old centre of Montemaggiore is on the left). At the next stop sign, turn left [⬆️175].
km. 60,1 At the stop sign, turn left towards Fano.
km. 65,8 At the crossroads, turn left for Caminate.
km. 69,2 In Caminate, turn left at the crossroads towards Fano, downhill.
km. 73,8 At the stop sign, turn left towards Fano [⬆️30].
km. 74,4 After a bar, turn right onto the “strada comunale di Ponte Alto”. Continue along this road.
km. 77,6 Turn left before the bridge towards the S.S. 16. Turn right at the stop sign on the S.S.16.
km. 78,9 Leave the S.S.16. Turn left and take the underpass in the direction of Torrette di Fano. Go through the underpass,
then turn immediately left alongside the car park. At the stop sign, turn left towards Marotta.
km. 83,6 After a long straight stretch alongside the railway line, turn left at the stop sign towards the sea (“mare”).
At the stop sign, turn right onto the cycle track and cycle for 1 km until reaching the roundabout where the tour started (Km 84.5).
Sant’Ippolito ⬆️246 ➡️30
Sant’Ippolito is an ancient fortified hamlet standing on a hill on the right bank of the Metaurus River. It was here where, starting from the XIV Century, expert stone-cutters began working the magnificent sandstone from the town’s quarries, which had been used as far back as Roman times. The craft, however, slowly declined until it disappeared completely at the start of the nineteen hundreds. Today, with the opening of the Stone Cutting Art Museum (Museo d’Arte degli Scalpellini), this artistic craft is slowly being revived.
Information: Museo d’Arte degli Scalpellini, tel. 0721 728144; Tourist Office, tel. 0721 728329.
Montemaggiore al Metauro ⬆️197 ➡️29
From its position on top of a wooded hill, this town of ancient origins dominates the entire right hand bank of the Metaurus River. In 1944, it was the setting for armed conflict between the retreating German troops and the advancing allies along the so-called “Gothic Line”. The panorama from the bastions of the city walls over the Metaurus valley and towards the coastal strip is breathtaking. Today, Montemaggiore is well-known for its cultivation of chrysanthemums, its precious Bianchello del Metauro white wine and its cheeses. The seventeenth century Palazzo Comunale stands in the town square. Further up stands the Torre Civica, destroyed during the last war it has since been completely rebuilt according to the original plans, and the parish church of S.Maria del Soccorso, which dates back to the fourteen hundreds. Places to visit include the Metaurus River History Museum (Museo Storico del Fiume Metauro).
Information: Tourist Office, tel. 0721 895312.
Orciano di Pesaro ⬆️264 ➡️26
Today, the town has the appearance of a single built-up area that unites an ancient castle, with its two slender bell towers, and a more recent development. Just past the rather austere entrance to the town, dominated by the tall and dome roofed Torre Civica, stands the church of S.Maria Nuova, one of the most beautiful renaissance buildings in the Marche region. The church has a stone portal which, as tradition would have it, was designed by Raffaello Sanzio and a beautiful belltower, rebuilt in 1492 together with the church itself by Baccio Pontelli.
Information: Tourist Office, tel. 0721 977071.