Bicycle touring in Cascia and surroundings, on the Mounts of Santa Rita

Bicycle touring in Cascia and surroundings, on the Mounts of Santa Rita

Cascia is one of the most beautiful art cities in Umbria, and a famous religious center dedicated to Santa Rita. A visit to the old town can not be complete without an entry into the main churches of the city: San Francesco, Sant’Antonio Abate, Sant’Agostino and the magnificent Basilica of Santa Rita.

The proposed route begins just a few meters from the Rocca. This is a 30 km long itinerary that we can divide into two parts: a first uphill section and a second downhill section.

Given the challenging slope of climbs to be tackled, this route is recommended to experienced cyclists.

Once left Cascia, the route climbs uphill in the direction of the towns of San Giorgio and Agriano. A few chilometers further you begin to ride on dirt road facing one of the steepest stretches of the entire itinerary. Along the way, however, you can admire Cascia’s profile from above.

Continue uphill in the direction of Castel Santa Maria. Here is a drinking water fountain where you can fill your own bottle. In the background, along the entire path, you can see the Sibillini Mountains closely.

About 4 km further you reach the highest point of the entire itinerary: Forca di Civita at 1,200 mt. The descent starts here, is fast and technical at some points, requires a lot of attention from beginner cyclists. The descent also develops almost completely on dirt roads. Before returning to Cascia you cross the towns of Colmotino and Tazzo.