TREKKINGRUNGS OF THE WOLF
The proposed itinerary runs through the woods of Pietralunga, and is composed of paths 120 and 120A.
From Pietralunga’s main square, drive along Via Roma for its entire length as far as the junction for Salceto Lame, where you turn left and drive along the Salceto lame municipal road as far as Km 0.5, where you can park your car in a widening on the right near the junction for Molino Chicchioni (along the same municipal road, you can also drive to Collelungo, where the intersection of the two rings is located).
We set off along the paved road that leads to what was once a mill, where we take a path to the left of the structure that leads through the riparian forest bordering the waters of Fosso Chicchioni
Along the way is the first of many semi-movable gates. We continue slightly uphill in the shade of an oak forest and, as we continue, the oaks give way to black pine groves.
At the end of the pine forest, the skeleton of the Casale Collelungo farmhouse, now used as a cattle shelter, can be seen, located in a panoramic position (720 metres).
Three hundred metres more and you reach the intersection with the other loop, known as the Monti del Vento; here the path descends slightly through terraced woods, maintained by dry stone walls.
The descending path meets ditches, so the vegetation characterised by damp aquiline ferns also changes. At the lowest points, at the crossroads of riascoli, there are drinking troughs.
As you ascend in altitude, you come to the ruins of the Renzini house and continue to climb past a gate, thus leaving the state-owned pastureland area. Then a wider, paved road opens up at the municipal boundary between Pietralunga and Gubbio, and reaches the apex of the Anelli del Lupo, 832 metres, at a place called Passo del Cardinale.
The road should be left for a path that veers to the left at the edge of the pine forest, pay close attention to the signs. Another vantage point awaits us after an up and down on the sandstone path: to the left, Monte Nerone and Catria serenade a sequence of smaller mountains.
We continue downhill among rolling stones, and then ascend again along a path bordered by state-owned boundary stones.
Past a barricade for grazing cattle, the road soon takes us back to the Collelungo crossroads, keeping to the left we soon reach the familiar crossroads that closes one of the loops. Here, following the punctual signposts, take a path to the right that runs almost parallel to the previous one, but lower, in the direction of San Pietro.
We continue the first loop, which we had interrupted momentarily, thus returning in sequence to the variety of forests noted earlier.
The trail intersects with the asphalt road, the opposite entrance is located fifty metres further down; the path through the woods dies on a gravel road that we follow in a left-hand direction downhill. All’incrocio successivo è meglio tenere la destra per non finire sull’asfalto, e poi girare subito a destra. This diversions enters a grove and exits at Casa la Tagliata, where the view falls over the beech woods of Monte Macinare and the peak of Castellaccio (see Castelfranco itinerary).
One arrives behind the isolated little church of St Peter, which opens out onto the hills where cultivated fields abound, in the distance, blurred by the mist, the line of the mountains.
We slip in between the church and the only surrounding dwelling, to take the path that dizzily leads back to the road, skirting the ruins of Cai Petrignani on the right.
Five hundred metres of tarmac road to the left and you are back at your car.
- length 13 km
- ascent 250 m
- duration 4h 30m
- footpaths 120 (Ring of Varrea) and 120a (Ring of the Windy Mountains) marked with arrows and white/red paintStatus