Start – This route starts from Sassovivo Abbey, though you can also start from the village of Pale (which can be reached after a steep descent down the mountain). The force of the high hill river Menotre, which feeds off the springs of the Favuella ditch, has left its mark on the manufacturing history of the valleys where it flows. The hydraulic energy obtained from the river has led to the construction of wool mills, mills and, above all, paper mills since the 1300s. In 1810, there were as many as 16 active paper mills between Pale and Belfiore that employed about 130 workers. Between 1911 and 1912, the paper mills were hit by the crisis and only 4 remained operational, with 71 workers. There are no more active factories in the valley now.
Intermediate point – Located on the Via Flaminia, a key road junction, Treggio Castle is thought to have very ancient origins, likely dating back to the Lombard age (568-774 AD). The town has been completely renovated and stands over the valley facing Foligno (about two kilometres away).
End – The town of Spello is part of the circuit of “Italy’s most beautiful towns” and is leaning against a hill 280 metres above sea level. This is a very ancient town. Founded by the Umbri, Spello was called Hispellum by the Romans and declared “Splendidissima Colonia Julia” by Emperor Augustus. It is one of Umbria’s best preserved and well-known towns. It was also a bishop’s see and has dozens of monuments and places of interest including villas, churches, museums and Roman ruins. One of its most famous local festivals, the infiorata, celebrates flower displays and is held on the feast of Corpus Christi.