Great routes through the green hills and the Medieval Villages of Umbria. Unique experiences for active holidays in Central Italy.
Southern Umbria is a land of olive oil and wine, medieval villages, unspoiled countryside and ancient traditions. One hour from Rome or from Perugia international airport, the Amerino area offers a vast choice of countryside routes and trails for every level. These are our recommendations for discovering this unexplored area of oak woodland, olive groves and unforgettable landscapes in Central Italy. This interactive map can be used to organize the trip and explore the routes once you are here.
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From the banks of the Tiber to The Fossil Forest
The Amerino Area in Southern Umbria rises from the banks of the Tiber River from Giove and Attigliano to Alviano and Montecchio. Amelia is the largest of these small Medieval Villages and is surrounded by its renowned 2800 year old fortified walls. Nearby are the smaller but just as delightful Medieval Villages of Penna, Lugnano, Guardea, Avigliano, Montecastrilli. The Amerino Area includes some wonderful places to discover, such as the villages of Toscolano and Santa Restituta or the fossil forest of Dunarobba. The ancient pilgrim route of St. Francis passed through these historic towns as did Germanicus, Roman General. (There is even a carefully restored Roman bronze statue of the General Germanicus which was unearthed in Amelia and can now be seen in the town’s museum).
This area is a beautiful yet undiscovered part of Central Italy full of opportunities for those who love outdoor activities and good living.
Otherwise view the map with the entire network of trails for you to discover. Use your smartphone to follow our circuits and trails.
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These routes and trails offer wonderful outdoor experiences, amidst the history, culture and traditions of the green heart of Italy with its oak woods, chestnuts and olive groves. It is the perfect location both for those who love running a few kilometers and even for those who do ultra marathons in the mountains. It is equally fantastic for cyclists, horse riders and walkers to enjoy the spectacular views of The Amerino.
Discover how to use your smartphone to find the woodland routes. Click here.
The "Sentieri Amerini" are our favourite 38 Countryside Circuits which we have identified out of the 600 kilometers of routes and trails available in the area. This Amerino network encompasses the ten Medieval Villages of this beautiful area. It is just one hour from Rome or Perugia and cannot be beaten for those who want an active outdoor holiday. This rural Amerino landscape is unspoilt and rich in culture and traditions. This is also an excellent starting point for planning day trips to other beautiful places in central Italy, such as Siena, Orvieto, Viterbo, Spoleto, Assisi, Todi or the lakes of Bolsena, Corbara.
As well as the landscapes and these Medieval Villages steeped in custom and tradition, there are the Amerini people. It is a wonderful experience to hear their stories, their traditions and customs which have been nurtured over thousands of years and many of which remain the same today.
Mauro produces goats cheese and milk, which he sells every Saturday morning at the Farmer’s Market in the Cloister Boccarini a 2 minute walk from Porta Romana in Amelia. In the picture, Mauro is with the General, his favourite and now sadly deceased. His cheese and milk have become a popular feature of the Saturday Farmer’s Market, so make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment!
Maria Teresa and her husband, are the owners of Pasticceria Russo has not only established itself as the best pasticceria in the area, but has become a lively meeting place and events venue. For gourmands, the Panforte all'Amerina, rediscovered from and ancient recipe must be tried and makes a great present, that you can guarantee you will find it nowhere else. The pasticceria regularly hosts exhibitions of artists, organizes small sessions of live music and tastings.. The environment is always fun and welcoming. Maria Teresa is a proud Neopolitan and has brought her love for life, sense of humour and delicious food with her. Thank you Maria Teresa!
Francesco, pictured here with Pippo, runs a stables just outside Amelia with 20 horses and provides lessons from 8 year olds and upwards. The riding ground is in Cavallerizza Park which is in the middle of unspoilt woodland that visitors can explore by foot or on horseback. Francesco is also the lead rider in the Palio dei Colombi for the local team Crux Burghi.
Pasquale is a well-known photographer who lives in Porchiano, one of picturesque medieval villages close to Amelia. A large selection of the pictures on this site are from Pasquale and also appear the book photographed here.
Cristiano cultivates an ancient wheat cuts it with a scythe and grinds it with stone. With the flour produced, Cristiano makes delicious bread that he sells to a few select shops. On of these shops, Ascenzina Perotti is in the center of Amelia. Just o give you a tip off, deliveries happen Friday evening so make sure you arrive soon afterwards to avoid missing out.
As Amelia no longer has a cinema, you would be mistaken to think that there is no place to watch and share film culture with fellow cinephiles. Since 2011, Fulvio founded the association 'Oltre il Visibile' to promote film culture in the region. All his carefully choosen films are shown in their original language, often with discussions before and after with people associated with the chosen film. In the summer, Oltre il Visibile moves outdoors. Thank you Fulvio for making cinema a fixture of the areas cultural calendar.
Mara is a tireless cultural ambassador of the area, with a background as an English language teacher and former councilor for tourism and public education in Amelia. A few years ago with Alida Serviziati she wrote and published 'Le Umbriache', addressed to "all those who dedicate themselves to cooking as a daily practice of good living". Accompanying the reworking of classic Umbrian recipes are plenty of anecdotes and enough local history to keep everyone entertained.
We live in and around Amelia and are keen on running, cycling, horse riding and walking. We are very selective when it comes to eating out but also when we buy wine or olive oil. There is a wealth of excellent products in the Amerino area and the selection we present on this website is what we like best.
A proud 'amerino' living in Sambucetole. I work as head of production of steel forges in Terni. A biker by passion, I see this as a way of being in close contact with the natural beauty of my territory. You can find me on FB and Instagram as @sten_73 #antichisentieri #schiavoni #sentieriamerini.