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Thursday 11  July 2024 108km Altitude gain 700mt

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Last quiet stage before the final triptych that will determine the final GC. The route crosses the Umbro-Marchigiano Apennines, touching on Pergola and Sassoferrato before entering the Via Flaminia, which with its rolling profile in progressive descent will lead to a very fast finale in the city centre. Arrival in Foligno as in previous editions of the Tirreno-Adriatico or the Giro d’Italia.
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The last kilometres are pan-flat consisting of the junction of state road 3 followed by the long straight of via Roma leading into the last bend 250 m from the finish. Final straight on asphalt 8 m wide.

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An ancient jurisdiction of the Montefeltro family, the hilltop village of Frontone, due to the landscape by which it is surrounded, is the perfect place for those seeking contact with nature, or for those who want to actively discover the area by hiking, mountain biking or snowshoeing. Here people can cross nature while remaining in close contact with the animal world: in fact, people can spot birds of prey of rare beauty and this is also the land where the Catria Horse originated. The historical-architectural soul of the village is instead intertwined with the church of Santa Maria dell’Acqua Nera, which houses the terracotta statue of the Virgin and Child, and with the castle, an architecture that recounts with its lines and strength the medieval history of these lands.



Foligno, that is  the third among the biggest towns of Umbria, lies on level in the very heart of the Region. That’s why it is traditionally defined “The Centre of the World”. This special position gives it the privilege of being a point of reference for road and railway junctions across the entire Country.

The town, quietly crossed by the river Topino, spreads to a large territory, including  little gracious hamlets scattered between the surrounding hills and the overlooking  valley.

Religious customs as well as Historical inscriptions, tell us that this land had been  inhabiting by populations of UMBRI for years before Romans colonized it during the Flaminia route realization.

The origin of the name Foligno is  probably to the worship of a Roman Goddess called Fulginia. It seems to have, therefore, a sacral nature.

The geographically central position and the easy access to the road junctions allowed  an economical and industrial development really fast growing, especially for what concern train, commercial and aeronautical fields.

Since the olden days, in fact, Foligno has been traditionally devoted to trade business. It’s not a matter of chance that Saint Francis chose the Market Square (today Repubblica Square) to carry out the famous selling of  his horse and cloths to rebuild Saint Damiano’s Church.

This historical gesture, gave birth to his incredible Evangelical path.

Foligno is also well known for its strong relationship with Dante Alighieri, whose death anniversary is seven hundreds right this year. It’s Foligno, in fact, the city where the first issue of a printed copy of his “Divine Comedy” took place. It was 1472.

Visiting Foligno, the tourist, walking through the peculiar alleys that give rise to large squares, can enjoy the beauty of the historical and architectural monuments, the aristocratic palaces and all the treasures that enlighten the city center; not by chance  Foligno is also known as “The City of the Mansions”.

Never the less, he will be impressed by the quality of the traditional food and wine, embraced by the warm hospitality  of our citizens. He will have the chance of breathing the baroque halo assisting at the Historical Parade of “Giostra della Quintana”, fulfilling his eyes with the beauty and the sumptuous seventeenth-century dresses of Damas and Knights that faces each other in an equestrian competition among the 10 ancient city districts to gain the PALIO.

Last, but not least, we could never forget mentioning the infinite chances that the naturalistic, landscaping, historical attractions that the hills and mountains around have to offer.


The town of Foligno retains most of its culinary traditions and follows a rhythm marked by time, following the seasonal cycles of agricultural production.

It offers tasty opportunities made of simple, qualified and also rare products to lovers of gastronomy.

The agricultural productions of Foligno such as the beans of Cave, the “Gobbi” (thistles), the heart tomato and the particular scent and fragrance of the extra virgin olive oil obtained from the “moraiolo” variety, typical of these areas, mantain always their originality.

Here it’s also produced the wildflower honey by the nectar of several botanical species such as sunflower, chestnut, acacia, etc.

In the Colfiorito highland, agriculture has been able to survive thanks to the specialization of its productions like red potatoes, dairy products, typical cereals such as spelled and original legumes such as lentils and cicerchie.

The characteristic dishes of Foligno are: strangozzi with truffles (typical homemade pasta), tagliatelle (typical homemade pasta) and gnocchi with mutton, Foligno-style roasted pigeon, Menotre trout in porchetta (grilled, spit-roasted), typical salted cheese cake with salami, lentils and red Colfiorito potatoes.

A delight for the palate and a local specialty is the Rocciata, a typical dessert from Foligno, consisting in a thin sheet of wheat flour-based dough that wraps a mixture of walnuts, sugar, olive oil and apples, to which you can add other ingredients such as alchermes liquor, cocoa, sultanas, dried figs, cinnamon and pine nuts according to the tastes or imagination of the pastry chefes.

Wines and Beverage

Foligno is the center of important wine production areas such as sagrantino di montefalco red wine (available dry or as PASSITO), red wine of montefalco, grechetto (white wine) and trebbiano (white wine).

Points of Interest

A  prestigious  marble statue of the most famous painter of our town, Niccolò di Liberatore, also known as L’alunno (1430-1502) welcomes the visitors coming from the railway or the southern access to city from the widening of PORTA ROMANA, (one of the four ancient points of access to Foligno) in the middle of which  it’s been standing for decades, overlooking the city.

Walking  through the main street, Corso Cavour, beating heart of the shopping and  social  activities of the city, we encounter “PIAZZA GRANDE”, or “DELLA REPUBBLICA”, the main square of Foligno, where overlook most of the important buildings and monuments: Saint Feliciano’s Cathedral (Church dedicated to our Patron Saint); Palazzo Trinci that hosts the Municipal Museum and a remarkable cicle of frescos probably signed by Gentile da Fabriano and his coworkers. The Podestà Residence, Orfini Palace, location of  the printing house that gave birth, thanks to the German typographer Numeister, to the first printed  issue  of the Divine Comedy By Dante Alighieri in 1472. Today the building hosts an interesting  printing museum. All these architectural masterpieces, with the impressive Municipal Palace with its iconic tower, become an emblem of the horrifying 1997 earthquake, encircling and defending this precious space, core of the spirit of the city.

Keeping on exploring the main arteries of the city center a keen eye can’t miss the ORATORIO DEL CROCIFISSO and CANDIOTTI RESIDENCE, the Ente Giostra della Quintana headquarter wich is now the Quintana immersive museum, just nearby the Saint Domenico’s Auditorium, Saint Domenico’s piazza and, of  course, SANTA MARIA INFRAPORTAS church, the most ancient church of the city.

The ORATORIO DELLA NUNZIATELLA is another piece of jewel that can’t be missed. It hosts an impressive fresco by Pietro Vannucci aka IL PERUGINO.

The tourists, lovers of contemporary art can find in Foligno their satisfaction in admiring the CALAMITA COSMICA by  Gino De Dominicis.  This Huge Sculpture  lied inside the ex Church of SS.TRINITA in Annunziata measures 24meters  X 19 Meters and it’s almost 4 of hight.

Moreover the CIAC, Museum of contemporary art of the city,  is used to promote very interesting exibitions in addiction to an absolutely remarkable  permanent collection.

The surrounding area, just outside the town,  is enriched by precious hamlets and medieval  villages spreaded all along the hills and the Appennine dorsal.

The protected natural area of the Colfiorito Park, characterized  by the presence of the Swamp, is famous for being a resting area of several species of migrator birds as well as a permanent environment of  resident ones.

Colfiorito hosts not only a  permanent exibition of ornithology species , but also a very interesting Archeological Museum (MAC) dedicated to some of the Pre Roman populations that used to live in the area , like  the UMBRI and  the PLESTINA civilisation.

Moving along the hills, we have to mention the unmissable FASCIA OLIVATA that is articulated between Assisi and Spoleto, with such breathtaking landscapes to be recognised  by  the FAO “Rural World Patrimony”. Walking through its  paths  we meet the peculiar hemlet of PALE, still encloused in its ancient castle. In the middle of the main square,on the right, we notice the Parish of Saint Biagio, Patron of wood and paper handcraft artisans.

Venturing  inner inside the village we’ll find the ABBADESSA caves discovered in the 18th century.

The cliff on which Pale is stuck decrease towards the Altolina Valley with a natural leap of the river Menotre and its impressive waterfalls.

Hiking the side of the hill we’ll reach the SANTA MARIA GIACOBBE hermitage, with its frescos from XIV and XV centuries.

Another magical village in the neighbours is Rasiglia. The water source that flows among the medieval houses makes it one of the most desirable destination for many (people).

Last but not least, we strongly advice to not missing  the impressive SASSOVIVO ABBEY that, secluded inside a deep holly oak wood , that represents one of the most ancient proofs of the Benedictine Monks in our Valley.

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