Morciano - S. Giovanni in M. - Tavullia - Urbino | Difficulty: Difficult, Distance: 111 Km, Altitude: 1795m
The distance of this circular tour is about 110 km, through the picturesque landscapes of the hinterland between the Emilia Romagna and Marche regions, until you come to one of the most renowned villages of the district: Urbino.
The descent from Monte Titano is via the Murata and Fiorentino face, quite a technical stretch that meanders through vegetation until reaching the Conca valley in the village of Mercatino Conca and crosses the Conca torrent, which flows into the Adriatic Sea in Porto Verde and along the way feeds into a large number of trenches, that is, artificial canals parallel to the river used to irrigate the fields and activate the mills that until the last century fuelled the local economy.
At this point our itinerary leads to a flat stretch towards Foglia valley and for about 10 km follows the course of this river, whose source is in the Apennines and after about 90 metres flows into the Adriatic Sea in Pesaro, creating the city’s channel port.
At the 35th kilometre the climb towards Urbino begins, the next stop and highlight of the day. Although you are not even halfway through the tour, Urbino is definitely worth visiting, as it is known as the “ideal Renaissance city”.
The city was erected on a hill between two valleys, and from here, specifically from Albornoz Fortress, you can admire the wide panorama of Montefeltro with San Marino in the background.
Palazzo Ducale is definitely Urbino’s symbolic monument, with the eighteenth-century cathedral at its side, housing the Albani Museum. For art lovers, we recommend a visit to the birthplace of Raphael, who was born here in 1483 and spent the formative years of his early education at his father’s workshop.
After sightseeing, the tour starts again by descending the hill through a verdant area, until arriving at the town of Montecchio where the climb resumes towards Tavullia, town of the beloved motorcycle racer, “The Doctor” Valentino Rossi.
After scaling the slopes of Tavullia, a stretch with a slight slope leads us up to San Giovanni in Marignano, a village with mediaeval origins surrounded by verdant hills and land so fertile that it was named the “breadbasket of the Malatesta”.
At this point you make your way back through Morciano di Romagna, a community that seems to have even been founded in the Roman era, and then climb towards Montescudo, so called “land of Sleeping Beauty” situated at the foot of Monte Godio, and continue to Monte Titano, climbing the Montegiardino and Faetano face.
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