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Via di Francesco - St Francis' Way - Roman Way from La Verna to Roma

Stage 14 - from Ceselli to Arrone

From Ceselli to Arrone, on a plain along the banks of the Nera river.

After yesterday’s efforts, today’s walk is an easy one over flat land. The 15 km it covers is along the tree-shaded banks of the Nera river. A worthwhile detour leads to the San Pietro in Valle Abbey, a treasure trove of extraordinary works of art.
14,635 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 300
Loss of altitude
- 336
tarmac-dirt road
Road Sign
Travel time
5 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
This stretch of the route is flat and follows the meandering of the Nera River. Cross the SS 209-Valnerina from Ceselli and then over a bridge to loc. Osteria di Ceselli. From here you head out on a trail through the valley of the Nera River Park. The walk takes you over paths surrounded by steep slopes, cultivated fields, woods and the pleasant gurgling of the Nera. Once you reach loc. Colleponte, stock up on water at the fountain on the main square and then continue on over a dirt road. Once out of the town walk until you see the great bell tower of the San Pietro in Valle abbey on the slope of the mountain on other side of the river. It really is worth a visit, and, if you have enough time, follow the red and white CAI trail markings from Loc. Macenano to get there. Once past the gate, which you should close behind you out of respect for local custom, you’ll come across an old red building, a touch of colour in the intense green of the valley. You’ll pass another water spring and soon reach Arrone, an ancient village founded by the Romans. Its vicinity to the famous Cascate delle Marmore falls have turned this town into an important centre for popular water sports like canoeing and kayaking.
What you should know before departure
There are water sources fountains in Colleponte and Precetto - Ferentillo. Remember to fill your water bottle with at least 1.5 litres of water in the summer.
Intermediate stages
There are resting areas where you can stop and take a regenerative break or find accommodation and shorten this leg of the journey.
A walk through the Nera river valley, whose twists and turns has been absorbed into local legends relating to a dragon. Along the ancient roads guarded over by castles set on steep slopes you will walk through nature’s verdant mantle. From loc. Macenano you can make a detour (very much worth the while) to the Abbey of San Pietro in Valle, a treasure trove of marvellous architecture and art, including a powerful rendition of the Last Judgement.
We recommend that you have the maps of the trail with you. Simplified maps can be downloaded by clicking on the online map. Remember to always have a small supply of food with you (fruit, dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars, something energy-giving in general).
Information (e.g. how to get there using public transport)
IAT Office - Information and Hospitality Valnerina - Cascia
Address: Via G. da Chiavano, 2 - 06043 Cascia (PG)
Phone: 0743 71401 Fax 0743 76630
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