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A border country between Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal State, an area rich of naturalistic values, where traces of those who lived in it are still visible: villages, rural houses, churches, shrines adorn the Cammino all the way to San Piero and Bagno di Romagna.

 

 

Start Stage
Sarsina
Arrival Stage
Bagno di Romagna
Stage Length
37,584
Nation
Italy
Region
Emilia Romagna  
Ascent
1334,9 mt.
Descent
995,6 mt.
Difficulty (1 .. 5)
CAI (Diff. Escurs.)
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The Cammino has its start in front of San Vicinio&rsquos Cathedral, in Piazza Tito Maccio Plauto.

You take via Guerrin Capello, where you can find the so-called Casa di Plauto, and then continue along viale Matteotti to end up in the Natural Park of Marmitte dei Giganti: a natural environment plunged in shade and cool. The constant flow of water of Rio Crocetta and Fosso Mulinello, has shaped the grey sandstone base into smooth conical forms and other singular figures. For centuries, popular imagination has pictured these circular cavities as huge casserole dishes marmite with which giants used to warm up their food.

A marked trail crosses the park and passes through Marmitta di Rio Crocetta, and after going beyond the ruins of an old house, oversteps Fosso del Mulinello and connects with the road for Montalto and Careste.

The dirt road brings you in the middle of copses of durmast and hornbeam, thickened by black pine, then the route passes over the residential areas of Cà di Simone and Cà del Monte and arrives at a crossroads for Montalto, where a trail descends into the Abbazia di San Salvatore in Summano. The tradition says that it was constructed before the 1000, on a previous Roman temple, although the first document on the abbey was written in 1041. Its structure has been modified following some collapses and reconstructions, which have also caused the transfer of its most precious pieces. Among these we find a marble plate, Christ in throne between Gabriel and Micheal, of the 10th century, which is now inserted into the altar inside Sarsina&rsquos Cathedral.

In spite of being ruined, the abbey creates a tender suggestion, maybe due the panorama that surrounds it, with its trees and the small cemetery down the steep fields.
Going back to the crossroads of Montalto, you continue along the local road, overpassing the house of Bazzano, CAI&rsquos trail 109, arriving to Bivacco di Castellaccio and reaching the crest between the Savio river and the Borello creek. You arrive near the ruins of Monte Corti&rsquos house, which in 1700 was the headquarter of the Compagnia del Santissimo Sacramento.

The landscape resembles a mosaic, where broad-leaved woods, farmlands and valleys carved by erosion, intersect each other in a drawing which is the result of ancient events. Blooming orchids are the protagonist of the area, to the point that they are included in the SIC, Site of Community Importance, named "Careste presso Sarsina". At the foot of the hills, the 109&rsquos trail climbs up again towards the peak, where the old castle of Careste was located: among the thick vegetation the ruins of the 18th century Church of Sant&rsquoAndrea emerges with its bell gable. In a town nearby, Cella, there used to be an old hermitage which was teared down in 1652. The Cammino climbs down the road, in front of a wide view of the valley, and a last sprint goes around Monte Pietra and descends in Ruscello, where the ruins of the church of San Mamante appears in the middle of the field.

The Cammino then deviates on a road with a 109 CAI naturalistic background, along which, in June, the blue flowers of Speronella consolida regalis shine: in ancient times it was used to stimulate the production of breast milk. Following a little sprint, the trail reaches the crest of the hill, overpasses Monte Vechio and arrives at the foot of Colle di Facciano, where a votive niche dedicated to the Virgin Mary signals a crossroads. Then you climb up the hill, pass a small farmhouse and on the summit, some rocks are the only remains of the Castle of Facciano, that controlled the practicability of the passage. All around the castle, the landscape opens in every direction. At the foot of the hill, the Cammino follow the 113 CAI trail, reaches a crossroad and takes the route to La Casella, up until the crest which divides the valleys of the Valdagneto and Bucchio. It then follows the trail swallowed by the forest and goes around Monte Mescolino.

Ample panoramas open up on the village of Vessa, and its scattered houses, on the Savio valley and on Comero and Fumaiolo mountains. A rasped track flanks the fencing of a farm, goes around Monte delle Forche and arrives to Farfaneto. The house was rebuilt in 1944, soon after the German soldiers had set it on fire after having killed some partisans. Next to the fence, "1950/F/B/./L". is carved on a votive niche dedicated to S.Antonio Abate. After that, you go on alongside the 201 CAI dirt road.

A crossroad on the left, goes down to the house of Poggio del Bue, where it is possible to rest and drink some water. After going back on the road, there is another residential area, where a pine forest hides an abandoned small farm, Val di Stenti. By crossing grazing and cultivated lands, you reach Monsavino, with the ruins of its oratory and the houses of Fossa, Cà di Braccio and Raggiale.

A little after that, on the right, a dirt road brings you to Podere Carnaio, where in 1510 appeared a small oratory and the parish church overlooked the area up until 1784. The trail then catches up with SP 26 in the vicinity of a monument erected in commemoration of a slaughter, in which twenty-six citizens of San Piero in Bagno lost their lives. The massacre was executed by the troop of the IV Battalion of italian-german police volunteers IV Freiwilling Battillon Polizei Italien, on the 25th of July 1944. After the following hairpin turn, there is a road that flanks a small house and the farms in Monticino and Paretaio, directing itself towards Monte Solvetti, from which the mule track of Rio Petroso comes from.

You hike down the trail that travel trough the trace in the middle of the pastures, all the way to the houses of Monte di Sotto and Giampereto di Sotto, which are still inhabited. Then you pass Giampereto di Sopra proceeding in direction Paganico.

The downhill paved road brings you to Piazza Allende, in San Piero in Bagno. After passing the house number 17, you enter a wedged alley that comes out above the Church of S.Pietro in Vinicoli. You go up until you reach the exit of the town, where a bronze low relief is located, which signals the first station of the Cross, displaced alongside the mule track that climbs up to Santuario della Madonna di Corzano, 193 CAI.

Along the trail, you will find two votive niches: one dedicated to Madonna dei Sette Dolori, and the other one, opend on three sides, in memory of the deads, built by G.Nuti. Those who passes in front of it, leave some rocks as a contribution to the reconstruction and a symbolic pledge for their sins. The cross and the headstone dedicated to the deads of WWI, mark the arrival to the sanctuary and to the ruins of the castle.

From the parking lot in front of the sanctuary, the Cammino goes up the crest, passes Il Monte and moves inside the copse of broad-leaved trees and pasture. At the crossroad, the path leaves the 193 CAI trail and descends in the middle of a forest of conider, overpassing the ruins of Pian della Croce and Incisa di Sopra e di Sotto. It arrives to the ruins of Oratorio di Santa Maria Maddalena. From here the Cammino moves towards Bagno di Romagna, and past the neighborhood L'ORTO, goes on SP 142 to "Fosso della Cappella" and Oratorio Santa Maria del Carmine, built to pretect the aedicula of the Virgin Mary from the water.

Finally, the Cammino arrives to via Manina and stops in front of Basilica di Santa Matia Assunta di Bagno di Romagna.

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