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Tour from Segni to Trisulti Abbey.
trisulti      
       
This itinerary is about 130 kilometers (80 miles) and takes about 8 hours. I understand perfectly that, though the scooters are very comfortable, for someone who's not used to spending a lot of time on a motorbike this could be too much. Or simply one could just want to indulge longer in one place and skip something. If I had to take two places out of this itinerary, I guess they would be... I'll let you decide, I like them all! J
   

Leg

Distance Time
  Segni - Anagni 20 km (12 Miles) 25 min.

Highlights of the day: Trisulti, Fumone.

Anagni - Canterno Lake 15 km (9 Miles) 20 min.
Total range 130 km (80 miles). Canterno Lake - Trisulti 25 km (16 Miles) 30 min.

Total time: 8 hours.

Trisulti - Alatri 12 km (7.5 Miles) 20 min.
  Alatri - Fumone 8 km (5 Miles) 15 min.
Map Fumone - Fiuggi 13 km (8 Miles) 25 min.
  Fiuggi - Segni 32 km (20 Miles) 35 min.
       
         
In case it should rain, or if anyone should feel comfortable riding a scooter, we will tour by car or minivan.  
   
Tour description  
   
We leave Segni around 9:00 am, or earlier, would be better, heading for Anagni, papal seat before it was moved to Avignon, France, where we stop to visit the famous Cathedral dedicated to San Magno and, willingly, the Papal Palace which is now a museum. We can also stroll around its narrow streets enjoying the medieval atmosphere unfortunately contaminated by modern cars. Anagni is in fact one of the most important cities in the area, counting about 20,000 inhabitants. Leaving Anagni, we will proceed towards the Canterno Lake riding on a secondary, but well kept, road with practically no traffic at all. After a short stop for pictures, we'll continue to Trisulti which we will have to reach no later than 11:30 am because it closes for lunch at 12:00 noon. The Abbey dates back to the 1200's, but it was profoundly renovated in the 1700's. Anagni - The Cathedral's back.
Trisulti Abbey

The road by which we reach Trisulti seems to have been designed by a motorcyclist. The climb is not too steep the corners aren't too sharp and the panorama is memorable. Eventually you see cows, horses, sheep and goats grazing in the field between the olive groves and orchards. Time permitting, on the way to Trisulti a short stop can be made at Collepardo, a very small medieval town today known for its fettuccine. Coming back down from the Abbey, we'll stop at Alatri. This town is well known for its Cyclopean Walls. These walls where built before the foundation of Rome using no mortar, simply stacking up stone block weigh several tons. It's in fact the weight and the size of the blocks that made the people in the middle ages fantasize about the legendary one-eyed giants building them!

Finally we'll stop for lunch in Fumone or in its vicinity. Fumone is a splendid uncontaminated (except for a big communication tower) medieval town which appears in front of our eyes just like it did to the medieval pilgrim travel from to Rome to visit the sacred places of Christianity. Fumone is dominated by its millenary castle where the only Pope who ever resigned, Celestin V, was imprisoned and then killed. The castle can be visited, but the guide doesn't speak English and so I'll have to act as your interpreter. After visiting Fumone we'll travel toward Fiuggi retrace our steps and we'll go by Canterno lake again. Fiuggi is a lovely little town famous for its mineral waters since the 14th century, when they healed  Pope Boniface VIII from his kidney stones. The gate into the town of Fumone
Fiuggi - Lake Canterno

Later, even Italy's most venerated artist, Michelangelo drank Fiuggi's water to get rid of "the only stone he couldn't love". Fiuggi today consists of two different towns: the old medieval town, once called Anticoli Campagna, on the hilltop and the modern town in the valley, which developed to offer hospitality to those who want to benefit from the springs, is called Fiuggi Fonte.  Fiuggi Fonte is a lovely, pleasant modern town which really stands out amongst all the other places in the area. No narrow streets or steps to climb, but rather wide, flat streets sided by modern hotels, fashionable shops and outdoor cafés.

By the way, just in case you shouldn't find the accommodations in Segni comfortable enough for you, Fiuggi offers lots of good hotels and the most famous of these is the Palazzo della Fonte, an incredibly luxurious 5-star hotel with all the possible comforts, including a golf course!

Palazzo della Fonte - Fiuggi
   
Here below is a map with the itinerary. 5TOP 5
   
 
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