Itinerary: Fano- Mombaroccio- Cartoceto- Saltara- Fano. Length: 62 km; difficult
The path winds its way through the hills of the Metauro valley and the castles that dominate them.
You start out from Fano, an ancient Roman strategic village on the old Roman Via Flaminia.
Fano is a cheerful seaside resort (Blue Flag) with many tourist attractions as well as excellent cuisine ranging from a quick piadina (unleavened flat bread) to the more sophisticated soup - brodetto alla fanese - which will include fresh fish. Continue in the direction of Pesaro and, passing alongside steep hills you will reach Mombaroccio, protected by sturdy wall this village to your heart’s content, visiting the Palazzo Del Monte and the eighteenth-century parish church. Back on the saddle again, the next obligatory step is the Sanctuary of Beato Sante, a treasure of art and spirituality surrounded by woods of oaks, holm oaks and chestnut and steep lanes to its castle.
Olives have been cultivated since 1178 in Cartoceto; the oil produced is of excellent quality. Continue the descent and you arrive in Saltara with its massive escarpment; not to be missed is the Museo del Balì, an interactive science museum which houses one of the most prestigious planetariums in Italy. This tour of the villages of Metauro is coming to an end and it’s time to return to the road towards Fano.