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From Spoleto to Patrico, along the ‘Strada dei Patricani’ route

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From Spoleto to Patrico, along the ‘Strada dei Patricani’ route

From Spoleto, on a nature trail steeped in ancient know-how

This path will remain imprinted in your memory due to its beauty and distinctive atmosphere, in terms of landscape, history and art but also for its enormous anthropic value. You’ll be hiking in valleys, over passes and through villages on a journey through time as well as space.

We will leave Spoleto and go straight up to Valcieca, to reach forcella di Castelmonte and the town of Patrico. This little village, located 1000 metres above sea level, was originally a passageway to the Castle of Ancaiano and the Valnerina as well as for the seasonal migration of livestock. Its origins date back to the 15th century, developing around the pre-existing church of San Crisanto thanks to a community of mountain farmers and shepherds. The village, abandoned in the 1960s, seems somehow to have been rekindled in recent decades. Formed entirely of stone houses, it is also protected by modest walls. In the upper part you can enjoy landscape views of timeless beauty stretching out as far as the Martani mountains and the plains of Spoleto.

These buildings and these areas recall stories and trades that have now disappeared, such as that of the coal merchant or the very unusual snow maker. The latter’s job was to make holes in the ground where the snow was stored in winter. It was pressed and separated into disks by layers of leaves. The ‘ice’ was then cut into blocks and sold in the hot months in Spoleto. Transport was via mules along this path, which has always been called ‘La strada dei Patricani’, the main communication route at the time.

Following this ancient road we will go back down the valley to the church of San Pietro, and then slightly up to return to the starting point.

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  1. 1

    h. 09:30
  2. 2
    First part of the trail

    h. 09:40
  3. 3
    Lunch break

    h. 13:40
  4. 4
    Second part of the trail

    h. 14:40

Recommended clothing

  • For this activity we recommend comfortable clothing that does not restrict your freedom of movement.
  • Bring a windcheater/anorak with you, even if the activity takes place in the summer months.
  • We recommend you wear trekking footwear.

We also recommend you bring:
– A comfortable backpack suitable for cycling/walking
– A warm sweater, such as a technical sports shir, for sudden drops in temperature
– A change of clothes (especially socks) in case of sudden rain
– Hat with a sun visor
– Warm hat
– Gloves
– Sunscreen.


Expert guide

Not included

No other equipment is included, so you will need to equip yourself with whatever accessories you feel necessary, such as walking sticks, sunglasses, binoculars, etc.


The activity will last about 8 hours, including small stops. However, the duration may vary depending on the pace of the group and the need to take fewer or more breaks.


  • Italian
  • English


You can enjoy this experience only from 1/2 to 30/11.

Pet policy

Pets are generally allowed, if easily managed. We invite you to liaise with our staff to check whether you can bring along your four-legged friend.


  • To do this activity it is essential to have a good level of physical fitness and to be in good health.
  • Activity suitable only for adults (age 18+).

Additional information

  • This activity includes a lunch break, so we advise you to bring a packed lunch or to select the option ‘packed lunch’ so that we can provide it for you. Don’t forget to tell us about any allergies, intolerances or other special dietary needs: we will be happy to adapt your lunch to your needs.
  • We strongly advise you to bring a camera to take photos of the spectacle of nature that will appear before you.


  • This activity can only be undertaken in favourable weather conditions, which will be evaluated by our partner and confirmed 48 hours in advance. In case of poor weather conditions we will immediately contact you and propose an alternative activity or a refund of the price paid.
  • This activity is subject to our operators’ availability. We have a large selection of collaborators capable of leading this activity, but if on the day you selected we do not have operators availabile, we will immediately, or in any case within 48 hours of booking, suggest an alternative activity you might wish to do or the choice of receiving a full refund of the price paid.
  • The times shown in the program are indicative and may vary according to your requests or those of the other participants in the group. These are always and in any case previously agreed with our staff or with the guide.
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Cancellation policy

If you cancel the reservation for this activity up to 24 hours before the event we will refund you 100% of the price.

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