Itinerary: from Amandola to Amandola passing through Montefortino and Montemonaco. lenght: 46,5 km.
Starting out from the entrance gate of the town of Amandola ... and up and away – your journey has begun! Oaks, holm oaks and maple trees mark the contours of these roads which descend rapidly, leaving the classic mountain pastures behind you. The first stop of the route is Montefortino with its crown of mountains rising up to a height of 2,000 meters, where you should spend some time. Take a stroll through the narrow streets with their distinctive houses where the stables are on the ground floor, the living area on the first floor and the pigeon-breeding area in the attic, for the production of fertilizers for the fields.
This village has always had a special vocation for agriculture and sheep breeding. Spend a few hours in Montefortino visiting the enchanted forest where the Virgin Mary appeared to the small Saint, a girl who was unable to speak since birth but who received the gift of speech as a result of her devotion. The Madonna dell’Ambro Sanctuary was built on the rock where the apparition occurred, and is now a place of prayer and peace surrounded by woods. There are so many similarities with Lourdes, that Montefortino has been called “the Lourdes of the Apennines ”.
Back on the saddle again, after this breath of fresh air, the route ascends towards Montemonaco. This place’s renown is associated with the mythological prophetess, the Apennine Sibyl, whose cave is located within the confines of the town. It was a combination of the literary work Guerrin Meschino by Barberino together with the later tale of the Frenchman de la Salle - that turned the Sybil into a kind of diabolical enchantress. In fact, according to local tradition, the Sibyl and her maids are benevolent creatures like the fairies of old tales that would descend into the valleys to teach girls to spin. Take a tour of this magical place, then set off in the direction of Amandola where the route concludes - now you can sit back and enjoy some of the local dishes.