On the border between the Papal State and the Kingdom of Naples
The route of about 20 kilometers, joins Marcetelli in Pescorocchiano and offers the opportunity to touch places and countries grappling with the problem of depopulation, but which can still reserve surprises and amaze the traveler as Girgenti, whose name betrays the Sicilian origins of
the founders , Ospanesco and Baccareccie. The route starts from the entrance of Marcetelli and through a driveway, bordered by chestnut groves, reaches Girgenti, founded around the middle of the twelfth century. from exiles fleeing from the city of Gergentum (Agrigento) following the
persecutions of William I the Norman, where you can admire the splendid Iacobelli palace, the remains of the medieval fortress and at the church of San Sisto there are two stones of 1847 that marked the border between the State of the Church and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies
from the district. Land of brigands, the border was often favorable for escapes and inaction towards the Papal
State. There are also splendid views that range from Lake del Salto to the mountain range of the Velino-Duchessa. From Girgenti we descend through a rapid path on Lake del Salto and from here after passing the bridge of Provincial Road 27 we go up towards the small village of
Ospanesco which houses an enchanting church, that of Madonna dell'Orto dating back to 1500.
From Ospanesco, always on a cart road immersed in chestnut groves, you get to the small hamlet of Baccarecce and from here to Pescorocchiano.
From here we start
The stage begins at the entrance of Marcetelli for those coming from the Lake of Salto where through a driveway immersed in the nature of the chestnut groves you get to Girgenti and from there after passing Palazzo Iacobelli you descend towards the artificial basin of Lake del Salto.
After a short stretch of asphalt on the Provincial Road 27, towards Fiumata, after the bridge, on the right, go up a white road to the hamlet of Ospanesco and its small church of the Madonna dell'Orto, from where you return to resume mule track up to the entrance of the village of Baccarecce, from the latter, a downhill stretch goes back towards Pescorocchiano.
Length: 17,2 Km
Degree of difficulty CAI: EE
Difference in height: 924 m
Downhill difference in height: 974 m
Altitude Max: 864 m
Min height: 536 m
Protected areas crossed:
Regional Nature Reserve Monti Navegna and Cervia
All the year
The structures marked with smile 😉 are the "friendly structures" of the path
Al Tempo Perso Bar Pizzeria
Via Cesare Battisti 2, Sant'Elpidio di Pescorocchiano
Via Marsicana 5, Pescorocchiano
Fraz. Nesce, Pescorocchiano
😉 B&B Leofreni Natura
Via degli Archi 7, Leofreni, Pescorocchiano
😉 Casa Vacanze Antico Poggio
Via della Fonte 3, Poggio S. Giovanni, Pescorocchiano
Fraz. Nesce, Pescorocchiano