Holiday House Tour of Sannio - Trekking Bike
A stunning tour through breathtaking landscapes, from the great mountains of Matese to the immense plains of Sannio, to visit places of worship and great spirituality, such as the home of Padre Pio and the Montevergine Abbey. Our starting point will be the suggestive medieval village of Cusano Mutri, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, where our beautiful independent villa is situated, immersed in the woods to enjoy the tranquility of the surrounding nature. An ideal starting point not only for our bike tours, but also to take advantage of the many hiking trails.
Path: Medium difficulty
Distance: about 90 Km.
Difference in altitude: about 700 mt.
Journey time: about 5 hours (excluding visits).
Journey time whit stops: about 7 hours (including visits).
Cusano Mutri: "[...] I'll tell you in a few words it is a delightful place. In fact there is clear water, green, peace, quiet life rest and fertile land. There are simple arts, generous wines; and the people are good, illustrious characters, clean, hospitable and pious. » (Vincenzo Fiore, pastor, 1906) Cusano Mutri is an Italian town of 4,132 inhabitants of the province of Benevento in Campania. It is part of the Regional Park of Matese and the Mountain Community Titerno. Located on the southern slope of the Matese, incorporated in the ancient Sannio Pentro, today the border between Campania and Molise. It is 20 km from the ancient Roman city of Telesia on the southwest side, in Campania, and 30 km away from the other Roman cities Altilia (Saepinum), in Molise, on the northeast side. Its territory covers approximately 60 km², with a minimum altitude of 257 m at the throat of Lavella - and a maximum of 1823 m of Monte Mutria, at the border with Molise. According to historians, Cusano Mutri is the Samnite Cossa, or Cosano, destroyed by the Romans along with Telesia. The name, which would mean "the cup", would also indicate the topographical configuration from which derives the primitive ideographic symbol "Q", representing the circle of mountains with his Lavello throat, the only outlet. Certain news emerge only in A.D. 490, when Pope Felix III sent a priest to officiate in the chapel of the castrum (castle).
Pietrelcina: It borders the capital of its province and its center is about 12 km.
Pietrelcina is located on a hill just over 340 m above sea level on the right side of the river Tammaro. The altitude range of the municipal area ranges from a minimum of 152 m s.l.m. to 569 m s.l.m.
Home of Padre Pio: The birthplace of the saint of Pietrelcina is located at number 27 in Vico Storto Valle and it is not made up of a single unit but, instead, by more rooms that look out on the same road. In this house was born Francesco Forgione, in the bedroom of the parents, at 17 of May 25, 1887 when his mother had just returned from the country after helping her husband Horace. In the floor of the bedroom there is a trap door that led to the warehouse where laid the Padre Pio's father's work donkey used to go to work in the countryside. At number 28 there are two other rooms: the kitchen, the fireplace and the original furnishings, and the bedroom of some children, subsequently became the dining room. According to the belief, in this room Padre Pio made his first supernatural experience. In the room Padre Pio used often sleep on the floor, using a stone for a pillow. Other house, a place of pilgrimage, is the home of Padre Pio's brother, Michael, where the saint lived between 1912 and 1916.
Second day: Cusano Mutri - Campitello Matese
Path: Medium difficulty
Distance: about 70 Km.
Difference in altitude: about 1000 mt.
Journey time: about 4 hours (excluding visits).
Journey time whit stops: about 6 hours (including visits).
Matese Lake: It is the italian tallest karst lake, located at the foot of Mount Miletto (2050 m) and Mount Gallinola (1923 m), in the mountain range of the Matese, in the municipality of San Gregorio Matese and Castello Matese in the province of Caserta. It is filled with water from the melting snows of Mount Miletto and Gallinola and some perennial springs. In the marsh vegetation that characterizes the lake refuge many types of birds: goose, teal, coot, mallard and have also been reported the stork and the pink flamingo. Among the species of fish are: pike, trout, tench, carp, perch.
Campitello Matese: is part of the municipality of San Massimo (Campobasso province) and is a popular winter sports center in central-southern. The plateau is situated in the Sumnite Apennines , inside the Matese Massif, 1450 m above sea level, and behind it stands Monte Miletto (2050m above sea level in the municipality of Roccamandolfi), the highest summit of the massif, while other important mountains are Mount Croce and the Gallinola. An important feature of Campitello Matese is its Piana: mountains conclude, in fact around a large flat valley, which on the occasion of the spring becomes a lake. Also in the spring you can see the characteristic snowdrop flowers decorating with their natural beauty the mountains. The mountain range is part of the Matese, karst area, which has beautiful forests, caves, landscapes, fossils and more. They are practiced various sports in these mountains, from skiing to mountain biking, climbing on the rocks, up to paragliding. Campitello Matese is also a place known to cycling enthusiasts for being several times been the finishing stage of the Giro d'Italia: the first in 1969, the last in 2015. The characteristics of the ascent from San Massimo Campitello (13 , 5 km long and 850 m in altitude, average gradient of 6.4%) make it one of the most challenging of the Apennines mountain top finishes.
You can view photos in detail of our holiday house located in Cusano Mutri by linking to the following Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113120573613321927916/posts/6bMRds3MXub
** For this tour, the Rent Bike offers a trekking bike, sliding and comfortable for long mixed cross-country routes or a mountain bike, agile and safe, perfect for dirt and woods.
Cost per person for groups of 6/8 participants:
€ 159.00 excluding the month of August and September to which personalized quotes will be made.
Overnight stays with half board (at external facilities);
Bicycle and helmet rental;
Technical assistance for luggage transport.
Services not included:
During bike tours you can have lunch in a restaurant / farm (average price of about € 45.00 / 50.00 per person, includes: appetizer, first course, second course, fruit, drinks are not included);
Tickets for archaeological sites;
Naples-Cusano Mutri private transfer service (by reservation);
Extras and everything not included in "included services".
On request Custom tours.
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