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

Stage 4B - Alternative route - from Greccio to Stroncone

This leg marks the passage from Lazio into Umbria and goes from Greccio to Stroncone.

This leg of the Southern Way cycling route will take you from the Greccio Sanctuary to Stroncone and marks the passage from Lazio into Umbria. It is a hard leg with a total ascent of more than 1,000 metres
44 Km
Height differences
1300 meters
Road Sign
Recommended Bike
hyrid, gravel, ebike
Water sources
yes (Greccio, Contigliano, Cottanello, Configni, Lugnola)

Degree of difficulty
This leg of the journey takes you from Lazio into Umbria, including the Terni variation of the Southern Way, and takes you from Greccio to Stroncone. It is one of the journey’s most arduous stretches with many kilometres of uphill cycling for a total climb exceeding 1,000 metres. You need to be fit and able to manage your reservoirs of energy and strength.
After a few kilometres on undulating roads and an ascent to the Sanctuary of St Francis at the centre of Greccio, there is a downhill to Spinacceto, from which you go to Contigliano to begin the uphill stretch to Fonte di Cerro. The climb is some 8 kilometres long and gradual, but constant, so take is slowly and use easy gears so as not to tire yourself out, considering the second steep climb is yet to come.
Once over the pass you’ll go downhill through a shaded woods until you reach the charming town of Cottanello, a great place for break. From here you then go up and down a bit over an easy road as you pass through Congigni and Lugnola. When you get to Vascigliano turn right. This is where the hard climb begins, one that really will put your legs to the test, and hard also because it comes at the end of the day’s efforts. You will, however be rewarded with the beauty of the centre of Stroncone, which will make the fatigue of the day melt away.
What you should know before departure
There are sources of water at Greccio, where you will be able to get a supply of water for the leg of the journey Contigliano e Cottanello, Configni. The stage is long and challenging, we advise you to travel with two water bottles or a water reservoir.
Intermediate stages
This is one of the journey’s hardest stretches so when you feel tired or if you simply lack the constitution to continue, stop along the way and take a few breaks. If you want to split the leg in two, then stop for the night at Cottanello, which is about halfway through the itinerary. We suggest you decide this before taking off so that you can book yourself a room as the accommodations in these mountain towns are few and often booked in advance.
The day’s journey is long and hard, so be prudent and take it at a slower pace than you would usually travel so that you can save your energy and strength for when you really need it, first for the long climb to the Fonte di Cerro pass and then for the final ascent to the centre of the little town of Stroncone. 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 Terni
Address: Via Cassian Bon, 4 - 05100 Terni
Phone: 0744423047 - Fax 0744427259
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Territorial Tourist Office of Rieti
Phone: 0746.488537
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Southern Way - Cycling stages

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Stage 4A - Alternative route

From Rieti to Greccio

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Stage 4B - Alternative route

From Greccio to Stroncone

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Stage 4C - Alternative route

From Stroncone to Scheggino

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