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Stage 13 - from Ponticelli di Scandriglia to Monterotondo

From Ponticelli di Scandriglia to Monterotondo, approaching Rome. Only one last effort separates you from St. Peter’s.

The thirteenth leg of the Roman Route goes from Ponticelli di Scandriglia to Monterotondo, just outside of Rome. It is not a long ride, great for letting your legs recover from the efforts of the past few days
Ponticelli di Scandriglia
30 Km
Height differences
700 meters
tarmac - dirt road
Road Sign
Recommended Bike
hyrid, gravel, ebike
Water sources
yes (Poggio Corese, Montelibretti)

Degree of difficulty
Although it is still the countryside of Lazio, this leg will bring you to the gateway of Rome, to Monterotondo.
The day’s total climb is about 700 metres, not to be underestimated, but the ascents are shorter and so you can let your legs stretch and relax a bit to recover from the efforts of the past few days.
The route starts at the centre of Ponticelli and heads towards Poggio Corese. Once past Osteria di Nerola there is a steep climb to Pitirolo, followed by a lovely descent surrounded by more olive groves until you go back uphill to Montelibretti, one of the larger towns you’ll come across today.
Once past Montilibretti, the landscape begins to change and the olive trees give way first to endless expanses of fruit trees and then to wide open fields of wheat, nature accompanying you as you near Rome.
Once past Via di Grotta Marozza you get back on the Via Salaria that will take you all the way to Monterotondo, where there is a short cycle path you can take advantage of.
What you should know before departure
Water fountains can be found in the towns you will come across along the route, so a Poggio Corese e Montelibretti. in the summer, we advise you to travel with two water bottles or a water reservoir.
Intermediate stages
This leg of the journey has a series of climbs that add up to a considerable total, but none of them are long so you won’t feel the need to cut the trip short. If, on the other hand, you would like to plan a break along the way, then Montelibretti is the ideal choice.
After all the efforts of the past few days your legs will be a bit sore, or at least tired, and so we suggest that you start the day off slowly to warm them up properly to face the numerous ascents you will have to cover during the ride to the gateway to Rome. 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)
 Public Information and Tourist OfficeMonterotondo
Comune Monterotondo
Ufficio Turistico del Cammino di Francesco
Phone: +39 0746 264106 – 8 – 0
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