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August 12, 2020

The Great Ring of Orvieto


  • Orvieto
  • Castel Giorgio
  • Castel Viscardo
  • Allerona
  • Fabro
  • Monteleone d’Orvieto
  • Montegabbione
  • San Venanzo

Visiting time

  • 12/15 days

How to get there

  • Walking path – mountain bike

A route of no less than 168 km in a loop departing and returning to Orvieto passing through roads and paths. For lovers of hiking and trekking accustomed to medium to long distances. This beautiful route embraces almost all the municipalities in the Orvieto area at different stages. It crosses all different forms of the landscape passing from the volcanic plateau to clay gullies, from the arenaceous-marly rocks of upper Orvieto to the limestone of the Peglia river, up to the extinct craters of San Venanzo and the evocative ravines dug by the Tiber river and its tributaries.

The stages of the route are different from one another and are on average challenging (levels of difficulty according to the CAI “T” – “E” scale. Tourist paths and hiking routes without ever exceeding the difficulty).

The path is marked by white-red signs and metallic arrows at the presence of the most important intersections. Throughout the various stages there is no shortage of facilities (especially holiday farms and holiday homes) for rest and refreshment.

Step 1) From Orvieto to Castel Giorgio (Distance: 13 km – Elevation gain: 550 meters), passing through the panoramic Belvedere area until reaching the Tione springs and the San Quirico castle in Sugano-Canonica. From here you take the direction towards Castel Giorgio.

Step 2) From Castel Giorgio – Monterubiaglio (Distance: 11 km – Elevation gain: 220 meters), continue along the large Alfina plains towards Castel Viscardo passing through the village of Benano until you reach the town of Monterubiaglio.

Step 3) From Monterubiaglio – Allerona (Distance: 16 km – Difference in altitude: 610 meters), in the direction of Allerona going down towards the Paglia river, and then continue to the pristine Selva di Meana forest going up until it leads to the road to Villa Cahen, and then to Allerona.

Step 4) From Allerona to Fabro (Distance: 13.5 km – Difference in altitude: 390 meters), from Allerona you descend into a countryside with gullies and vineyards in the background towards Palombara, from here head north towards Fabro.

Step 5) From Fabro to Montegabbione (Distance: 14.5 km – Difference in altitude: 400 meters), from the town of Fabro take the direction towards Borgo Santa Maria and Monteleone d’Orvieto until you reach the hillside of Montegabbione, in the territory of the Val di Chiana Umbrian.

Step 6) From Montegabbione to San Vito in Monte (Distance: 23 km – Elevation gain: 700 meters), this fairly long stage pays off with unforgettable landscapes and views, passing from the village of Castel de Fiori to Montegiove. From the beautiful castle to the mysterious “Torre del Pofao” and to the picturesque town of San Vito a Monte, north of the municipality of San Venanzo.

Step 7) From San Vito in Monte to San Venanzo (Distance: 11 km – Difference in altitude: 400 meters), from San Vito head south to reach San Venanzo, the municipality in the “land of volcanoes” and main center of the area of the Monte Peglia reserve of MAB UNESCO.

Step 8) From San Venanzo to Ospedaletto (Distance: 15.5 km – Difference in altitude: 580 meters), remaining in this area where hills and mountains alternate, an area with great naturalistic heritage, characterized by its biodiversity, passing through small inhabited centers that have remained “stopped in time” until reaching the entrance to the Parco dei Sette Frati.

Step 9) From Ospedaletto to Prodo (Distance: 14.5 km – Difference in altitude: 245 meters), this stage crosses the paths of the Sette Frati park of Monte Peglia, and goes down towards Prodo passing through panoramic Monte Piatto,  with the castle of Prodo and the village of Titignano in a fairytale like landscape, in the background you can see the waters of Corbara lake.

Step 10) From Prodo to Corbara (Distance: 11.5 km – Difference in altitude: 290 meters), the descent continues passing from one park to another. Prodo enters the territory (formerly the municipality of Orvieto) marked by the Tiber river park, passing through centuries-old olive groves of the village of Osa and the solitary Villa Netti to reach the shores of Corbara lake.

Step 11) From Corbara to Orvieto (Distance: 20.5 km – Difference in altitude: 610 meters), last stop on the route starts from the town of Corbara, dominated by the majestic castle and precious vineyards towards Orvieto. From here you can take alternative routes, including one that passes through Pomonte and Camorena to reach the suburban area of Ciconia, then cross the Adunata bridge over the Paglia river to return to Orvieto center.