Our Apennines, whose ridge acts as a border with Umbria
and Tuscany, is rich in sites that have a great environmental and
Interlacing pathways, mule tracks, local roads – mostly dirt – that
connect the ridge routes with the buttress ones, offer the possibility
of taking excursions, by mountain bike, on foot or by horse, going to
impressive places where you will feel immersed in the special atmosphere
of these spaces where flora and fauna seem to follow their natural
course. And man? Is man an extraneous element? Of course not. These have
been inhabited places for centuries, but the wisdom of our people, the
knowledge that the survival of the community was strictly connected to
natural environmental cycles, allowed them to develop a respectful
civilization, that grew in symbiosis with nature. The ground has been
used according to what it could offer, changed if necessary but never
plundered or used unnaturally.
So it is possible to bump into small flocks of deer in green natural
fields, to cross secular beech woods and be subdued by their grandeur,
to suddenly discover the existence of an old grey-stone farmhouse so
well inserted in its surroundings that it is almost imperceptible, to
observe the charcoal burner‘s activity, engaged in this ancient work
that is still done, and you can have a chat with them.
On the page four routes among many possible routes are indicated: from
the easier ones that wind long old country roads through soft hill
landscapes, so similar to the backgrounds used in Raffaello’s and Piero
della Francesca’s works, to the more technically difficult ones that,
going up buttresses, arrive at the ridge, where they intercept the
beginning of the G.E.A. (Great Apennine Excursion) path that from our
Bocca Trabaria pass goes to the Ligurian Apennines.
Anyway all of them are fascinating for those who know how to appreciate
enjoying real things.