ARCEVIA - CAUDINO - PALAZZO - SAN PIETRO IN MUSIO - NIDASTORE - LORETELLO MONTALE - PITICCHIO - CASTIGLIONI - AVACELLI – LENGTH: 53 Km, LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY : MEDIUM
Arcevia is one of the most beautiful walled towns in the province of Ancona. With its numerous small castles, once Medieval satellites of great power, it overlooks the typical Apennine land.
It’s the main town of this magical land which will take you to the discovery of the Misa and Nevola valleys.
The route is quite smooth but the altitude ranges and some difficult stretches make it suitable for expert mountain bikers.
The route begins in Arcevia. You can cycle along its surrounding walls, pay a visit to the town centre, to the Collegiate Church of St. Medardo and Palazzo Anselmi and to the Giacomo Leopardi public park. Here you can take a selfie from the panoramic lookout point over the Apennines.
You bike tour continues amidst rolling hills and nine castles, the first of which is Caudino. It boasts fifteenth century walls. From here you can reach Palazzo, whose ancient Medieval structure is still preserved.
Crossing these rural landscapes amidst hedges and oak trees, dotted with Madonelle, statuettes of the Madonna, in niches, you will get to the small walled hamlet of San Pietro in Musio, then continue towards Nidastore, the “nest of the goshawk”, the hunting falcons used in Medieval times.
The next destination is Loretello, the oldest of the ten castles whose walls are considered one of the best examples of military architecture in the Marche.
We are getting closer to Serra de’ Conti and here is Montale, resting on a circular knoll.
We go back to the route as there’s a number of castles worth visiting, such as Piticchio, where a Dutch version of the Big Brother was hosted and which has therefore become a popular holiday destination for the Dutch. Descending in a south- easterly direction from Piticchio you will reach Castiglioni, thus ending the tour in Avacelli, whose castle dates back to the year 1400.