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Fourth leg: from Sant'Agata Feltria to Balze of Verghereto

-> next leg: from Balze to La Verna

<- previous leg: from San Leo to Sant'Agata Feltria

 

After Sant'Agata Feltria we return in Valmarecchia, on the highest part of the valley, where the landscape changes radically, from a bucolic and rural setting to a mountainous place, typical of the Apennines. The stage is carried out mostly on small roads gravel and paved roads with little traffic which make the journey faster with a wonderful landscape.

The first part coincides with the path "Frate Francesco in Sant'Agata Feltria" which follows through from the site with the ruins of the Convent of St. Francis of the Plans, shortly after which the road ends at Ca' Abate (dogs, contact Eraldo Gabrielli  0039 0541 929179 – 0039 338 3882767), where you continue to the right on a road for vehicles  leading to paved road from Sant'Agata to where crosses the point between Valle del Savio and Marecchia. It takes it to the right following the signs for Palazzo. Once in this town take the uphill road to Balze and follow it ignoring forks and detours. After the Madonna del Piano chapel, about 3 km you reach the provincial road Alfero - Balze.

To the right you will come to a crossroads, where you turn left onto the small road that reaches the car park below the Hermitage of Sant'Alberico.

(Option B recommended in case of delay or bad weather: take the road on the left in about 3.5 km. It leads to Balze).

From the car park under the hermitage, we take a steep climb a paved driveway, lined by Via Crucis stop, and within minutes the hermitage of Sant'Alberico. Its presence has been documented since 1043 and, according to ancient tradition, was founded by Saint Romuald.

Continuing in the woods at the bottom of the valley, first on a beautiful trail lined for a stretch of Stations of the Cross; Then on a beautiful stone street, called "Via Grand Ducal" because built by Grand Duke Leopold II of Tuscany for a grace received, you reach the town of Balze.

 

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Distance: 22.2 km

Height difference: +1178 m, -678 m

Distance: from Sant'Agata in Balze 7 h 15 '; from Balze to Sant'Agata 6 h 45 ’

 

HOSPITALITY

FRANCESCO'S WAYS, +39 370 1106929, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

APPENNINO SLOW, 379 1528959 - 339 8283383, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

in Fragheto, lungo il percorso:

in Balze di Verghereto:

 

RESTAURANT POINTS ALONG THE WAY

in Pereto: Restaurant Ciccioni, tel. +39 0541 929633

in Palazzo: Restaurant il Palazzo, www.ristoranteilpalazzo.com, +39 0541 929670