Itinerary: Ascoli Piceno- Montegallo- Arquata del Tronto ( district of Pretare)- Montegallo- Ascoli Piceno ( tour of the Galluccio area). Length : 70 km. Level of difficulty: difficult
Cycling along the ancient Via Salaria you will reach the wild Sibillini mountains and the district of Pretare in Arquata del Tronto also known as the “Town of the Fairies.” During night-time festivals, the fairies would come down to the town to dance with men until the latter put them to flight, as they discovered that they had acquired cloven feet. This legendary flight of the fairies is the origin of the present day “path of the fairies”.
Then , take the route towards the Galluccio Pass, at 1,147 meters; stop before the last bend in the pass and drink from the fountain where you can quench your thirst with the best water in the Sibillini.
The descent now begins, behind Monte Vettore; in the distance you will see Monte Ascensione and your view will stretch out towards the sea.
Go further on in the direction of Ascoli Piceno through the valley of the river Fluvione with its restored mills, which are worth a visit. The mountain route descends gradually and turns slowly into the countryside, merging gently into the Via Salaria and bringing you back where you started out from.