San Pietro in Valle – Loreno – Gabbio – Ferentillo – San Pietro in Valle

You can start this circular route from one of the four villages it crosses, I preferred to park near the abbey of San Pietro in Valle.

Leaving the vehicle, go uphill towards the woods, the road is comfortable and easily recognizable.

Looking back to see the abbey surrounded by greenery.

After about 2.4 km the Mediterranean car gives way to a pine forest of regret that accompanies us for a good part of the path.

At the end of the climb in the pine forest there is a sign, go left towards Lorino (or Loreno) Ferentillo.

The road begins to descend to Loreno, continues on the asphalted road up to km 4.1 and 4.6 km where the path to the left leaves the road and enters the woods.

Thus you arrive in Gabbio from a very suggestive part of the path, you can still recognize the entrance door to the town.

Cross the Gabbio path and go left at the dirt parking, take the path that cuts into the woods, passing near a farm.

Continuing to descend you will meet a steep concrete, go down it to get to Ferentillo.

Cross the whole village and enter the narrow part of the valley, here you have two options, take the state road and turn left in the direction of San Pietro in valle or enter the village of Precetto and take the dirt road immediately to the left that follows the black river up in Macenano, from there cross the river, the state road and go towards the abbey.

Before the abbey you will find yourself in the town of Colleponte.

Once you have reached the town of Loreno, leave your car in the small parking lot near the church

Follow the road through the few houses to the dirt road. The halfway road follows the hill until it reaches a spring with an abandoned fountain.

Continuing the road you will come to a well-marked crossroads, go left towards the path of San. Francis

A few meters on the right you see an abandoned farmhouse, perhaps a watchtower given the slits on the still standing walls.

Go towards the farmhouse and pass it starting to climb the ridge of Mount Solenne. The path is not well marked but there are orange marks on the stones and it is quite easy to find the top of Mount Solenne in front of you to orient yourself with.

After the first rubble cross the fence with barbed wire and go into the woods.

At the end of the wood you arrive on the back of the mountain in a meadow where there is another sign indicating the via di francesco, continue straight towards the top.

Some sections require some very simple rock climbing, by choosing the road well you can avoid dangerous points.

From the top of Mount Solenne you can see:

Umbriano and the abbey of San Pietro in Valle.

Loreno, Nicciano and the whole road just made

Schioppo, Collefabbri and the helmet gorge.

The Valnerina with Ceselli and Scheggino

Civitella and Monte San Vito

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