From this side the path may appear a little bit longer, although it always depends on where we come from (direction via Emilia north/south), but I certainly don’t find a better starting point: a spa open 365 days a year, good food in every season and the medieval beauties of the ancient village of Terra del Sole. I don’t think it’s necessary to add anything else.
Few miles on the SS67 and we arrive in Dovadola, in the valley of the Montone River, towards Rocca San Casciano, a village surrounded by green forests and loved by the locals for his Bonfire Feast, that takes place every year in early April, between allegorical wagons, colorful costumes and high fires, to celebrate the history of the town.
Our trip on our two wheels can not end here, and we head for miles and miles on increasingly winding roads, toward San Benedetto in Alpe. Here, to defeat the heat of summer, I usually stop for a nice dip in the fresh waters of the river. The Acquacheta waterfall never betrays the expectations.
We’ve already arrived in Tuscany, meeting the Casentino Forest Park. From here in less than 5 km you reach Marradi, highly recommended in the autumn season to make a big supply of chestnuts.
Only 10 km far from San Benedetto the people’s accent is already changed, the “c” disappears, and a blink we arrive at the legendary Bar Cavallino.
San Godenzo is another obligatory stop on this mythical journey, where to find refreshment even just for a coffee and a snack, before taking on the final stretch.
But now the most is done, the pass overcome, from here we descend towards San Bavello, then to Dicomano, in the direction of San Lorenzo. And that’s it.