Start. Poreta – Trevi, the second route of the Olive Belt Trails officially starts from the old centre of the small village and immediately climbs up the hills towards the hamlet of Lenano. Skirting stonework banks, tree retaining walls and terracing, wending one’s way through the dry stone walls declared intangible cultural heritage of humanity by UNESCO, one reaches the small medieval fort of Campello Alto, 514 metres above sea level. The castle – which in the Middle Ages was a true crossroads of arts, trades and noble venturous conquerors – offers sweeping views of the Spoleto valley and one can rush down headfirst towards one of the beautiful sights praised by poets and writers: the Springs of the Clitunno river.
Intermediate point – The Springs of the Clitunno river (in the municipality of Campello sul Clitunno) are the intermediate point of the second route of the Olive Belt Trails. They form a small lake with crystal clear waters, featuring craters inside which are numerous spring heads. George Gordon, Lord Byron and Giosuè Carducci are among the many renowned visitors amazed by this marvel.
End – Trevi is one of Umbria’s most picturesque villages. Nestled on the hilltop, it offers breathtaking views with olive groves dotting the surrounding hills. In 1581, on his journey from Rome to Loreto, the French philosopher Montaigne wrote near Trevi, “However this may be, it is a town built on the side of a high hill, occupying a site which reaches half-way up the slope, and most pleasantly situated, the mountain being covered throughout with olive trees”. Nowadays Trevi is known not only for the quality of its oil, but also for its special local produce, protected by the Slow Food organisation, such as black celery.