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

Stage 19 - from Poggio San Lorenzo to Ponticelli di Scandriglia

From Poggio San Lorenzo to Ponticelli, a hard stretch with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains.

Along this route you’ll stop in at the church of Santa Vittoria, one of the main spiritual spots along the St Francis’ Way.
Poggio San Lorenzo
Ponticelli di Scandriglia
20,41 Km
Increase in altitude
+ 820
Loss of altitude
- 980
path-tarmac-dirt road
Road Sign
Travel time
9 hours
Water sources
Resting areas
Degree of difficulty
As you leave the town of Poggio San Lorenzo you’ll come across its old Roman walls. Today’s route goes through a landscape of woods and hills, and then gradually gives way to groves of olive trees. It leads downhill to where the road to Monteleone Sabino crosses, and from here you can take a detour into town. Aside from the beauty of nature, the landscape is also graced by monumental oak trees. Further along is the archaeological site of Trebula Mutuesca and the beautiful Romanesque church of Santa Vittoria, home to catacombs and a well with healing water. The trail goes up and down through orchards, vineyards and olive groves as you head into the valley bottom along a path that leads to the church of San Martino and then the town of Poggio Moiano, perched on a hill. Walk through the town and admire the lovely Palazzo Baronale and the church of San Giovanni Batista, stop and rest, recharge your proverbial batteries for a bit. The route along this stretch offers wide panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and olive groves. Walk over the plains until you get to the slopes of Monte Calvo and soon you will be in the small town of Ponticelli di Scandriglia. Here you will find a lovely old Franciscan sanctuary known as Santa Maria delle Grazie.
What you should know before departure
Bars and sources of water along the trail ensure you a supply of water. 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: Monteleone Sabino (with a deviation) and Poggio Moiano.
The archaeological site of Trebula Mutuesca (Monteleone Sabino) and the catacombs and church of Santa Vittoria are a great way to learn more about the culture of the towns and villages along the Way.
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)
Territorial Tourist Office of Rieti
Address: Via Cintia, 87 Rieti
Phone: 0746 264106/8/0
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