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... hilltop villages of Marche we arrived.
Petritoli is a medieval village perched on a hilltop 358 metres above sea level in the Fermo province of Le Marche in central Italy between the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini mountains.The village is 16km away from the Adriatic coast and its many cute seaside villages.
Petritoli was founded by the Farfense monks around the year 1000 originally named Castel Rodolfo, maybe from the name of a feudal monk.
... into the park attached to the Abbadia and find ourselves among the extensive buildings which make up the complex and the associated Hotel Forestia, cafes, and information centre. E10 each gets us entry to the Abbey, and we do not feel ********e by. Everything is beatifully restored and exhibitions within are thoughtfully displayed. Aside from the huge Abbey church which is being decorated with olive trees, ...
We have decided to descend to the east and head north through the foothill of the Sibillini mountains to the town of Amandola. On our way across the Piano Grande in sparkling sunshine, we are pursued for a couple of hundred metres, very fast, by a slavering, snarling Maremma. These are the big Italian dogs who live with flocks of sheep to guard them. They look like very solidly built golden retrievers, but twice as big. The climb to the Forca ...
... around. Perhaps they are waiting for the right wind. After we have returned to the village many of them have taken off. The views along the track are magnificent. Wow! We drop into Locanda Senari down the vicolo from our digs for lunch under a gazebo. The zuppa lenticchie and farrotto della locanda are amazingly good. The lentil soup is dense and full of luscious Castelluccio lentils which are ...
... rather unattractive modern concrete buildings lining the main road. Then the real climbing starts. The sign warns of 5 "tornanti" (switchbacks) but fails to mention steepness. I don't have my GPS but I reckon the next 5km is steeper than Zig Zag Road (13%) which is a real challenge with loaded bikes. We are riding at walking pace, and Helen actually walks quite a bit of the next 10km. After the 5km ramp we pass the village of Gualdo and ...