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Via di Francesco - St Francis' Way - Southern Way from Roma to Assisi

Stage 6 - from Scheggino to Monteluco

The sixth leg of the Southern Way goes from Scheggino to Spoleto and then to Monteluco.

The sixth cycling leg of the Southern Way goes from the Valnerina to Monteluco, over the Forca di Cerro pass and past the lovely art city of Spoleto.
From
Scheggino
To
Monteluco
Distance
35 Km
Height differences
1000 meters
Surface
tarmac - dirt road
Road Sign
No
Recommended Bike
hyrid, gravel, ebike
Water sources
yes (Scheggino, Sant’Anatolia di Narco, Castel San Felice, Spoleto, Piediluco)

Degree of difficulty
 
  challenging
The sixth leg of the Southern Way goes from the little hilltop town of Scheggino to Monteluco, the mountain that looks out over Spoleto and home to the holy woods and the Eremo delle Carceri hermitage. Today’s route is hard ride over paved and dirt roads and includes a long climb to reach the Forca di Cerro pass and then another to get to Monteluco. Leave Scheggino over the Greenway along the Nera where you will find the first climb, short but steep, towards Sant’Anatolia di Narco. From here continue along the Nera River to Castel San Felice and then head towards Piedipaterno. At Sant’Anatolia di Narco, if you have a well-equipped hybrid bike with quality lights, you can consider getting to Spoleto via a fascinating detour, the old Spoleto-Norcia railroad tracks that have recently been transformed into a cycle path through dark tunnels and over viaducts. This dirt path is an alternative route to reach Forca di Cerro, just as difficult but a fun way to cover the distance. If you would prefer to travel along the traditional route, continue over the plains to Piedipaterno, where the long ascent on paved road to Forca di Cerro begins. This 9 kilometre stretch is very panoramic and there is little road traffic. The gradient never exceeds 5 to 6% and at the end, the downhill is wide and pleasant and will take you right to the entrance of Spoleto, where a visit to the historical centre is a must both for the landmarks and for a nice break from the saddle to give your legs a rest and get them ready for the assault upwards towards Monteluco. Be careful when you cross the busy Flamina road to enter the woods where the ascent to Monteluco begins. Although the slope is never especially steep, it is 7 kilometres of uphill pedalling at the end of an already demanding day, so pace yourself and go slowly. The sheer beauty and mysticism of this place will go far in rewarding you for your efforts.
What you should know before departure
Sources
There are sources of water at Scheggino, where you will be able to get a supply of water for the leg of the journey, Sant’Anatolia, Castel San Felice and Spoleto. The Valnerina valley is a cool territory rich in water, so you should not have any problems getting a supply of water, in the summer, we advise you to travel with two water bottles or a water reservoir.
Intermediate stages
Although this leg is not especially long, it is arduous because of the more than 1,000 metre climb. More than considering intermediate stops, figure out where you’d like to take a nice break, like in Spoleto, a fascinating city steeped in art and history. If you feel especially tired, you could spend the night there and face the last climb to Monteluco the following day.
Suggestions
Today’s ride has two long ascents, neither of which are exceptionally steep. Our advice is to pace yourself, make good use of your gears and save some strength for the final climb up to Monteluco. If you decide to do the railroad track detour, take care over the first part where there is a very steep ramp, then make sure you have good lights because there are some pitch black tunnels to pass through. Don't forget to take a small food supply with you (fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars, mineral salts if it's very hot).
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
Territorial Tourist Office of Spoleto.
Address: Piazza della Libertà, 7 - 06049 Spoleto
Phone: 0743218620 – 0743218621; fax 0743218641
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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