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9/26/2010

Autumn - hiking excursions in Umbria

The splendid Umbrian Nature can be visited at all times of the year. It is fascinating to observe this wonderful landscape where the colours and perfumes change in accordance with the eternal cycle of the seasons: from the verdant green of spring, to the yellow of the grains in summer, to the thousand colours of the leaves in autumn, to the rarefied and magical atmosphere of winter.

View from Todi in Autumn


September and October, thanks to the pleasant temperature, are the perfect months for an hiking excursion under the expert guidance of a licensed hiking guide.


EXCURSION “THE VIA AMERINA AND ITS LANDSCAPE”
A day of trekking in the beautiful countryside around Todi to discover the ancient ruins of the Roman road “Via Amerina”(10,2 km walk)

..along Via Amerina...



The Via Amerina connected Rome to the Adriatic coast before the via Flaminia was built. The construction of the via Flaminia, more important and with a better quality surface, brought about the rapid decline of the via Amerina, which was no longer used for several centuries. Following the fall of the Roman Empire and the conquest of the Duchy of Spoleto by the Longobards, and the consequent occupancy of the via Flaminia, the via Amerina became once again the only passable means of communication between Roma and Ravenna, which was at the time the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and thus acquired renewed importance and vitality.



PROGRAMME:
Morning: departure from Todi by car for the village of Montenero at approx.10 km from Todi.
Arrival in Montenero. After a few kilometres on foot we find some abandoned springs, a clear indication that these woods were once inhabited and full of life. We take a short break at the springs and then move on to the ‘solfatare’ – fumaroles of water and mud which form as a result of underground vulcanic activity in the area. Stop for a picnic with sandwiches with porchetta (roast pork) and local salami.

We continue walking again until after a few kilometres, we reach what is known as “the Roman bridge” part of the Via Amerina.
After a stop at the bridge, we walk on to Montenero. Back to Todi by car.

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