From Spoleto to Patrico and Mount Fionchi

The “Strada dei Patricani”, (itinerary #6), departs from the State Road “Flaminia”, just south of Spoleto. Past the brook Tessino, you leave the road that proceeds along the Vallecchia ditch, climbing up among big oaks, to some rural settlements. From here you penetrate into a holm-oak wood. Once reached the ridge, you go on along a carriageable road that coasts the Sant’Anna convent. The Capuchins chose this place in 1541 for setting their first convent in Spoleto, thirty years before the construction of the one on Colle Attivali, wider and closer to the town. After a steep stretch, a milder ascent leads to the pass from which the itinerary #7 to Casa Bettone/Le Aie starts; the first, now just ruins, is dominated by a long wall of solid limestone, at whose base some caves were used by the monks as hermitages.

Going on, you reach Patrico, ancient transit villa on the itinerary Spoleto-Ancaiano. The ancient part of the village maintains the features of the urban development in the XVth, XVIth centuries (houses in stone, occasionally by the curved side-walls). The oldest building is the church of San Crisanto. The dedication goes to one of the first bishops in Spoleto, and it’s the only one that still exists throughout the vast diocese. Though the general features of the site date back to the XIVth-XVth centuries, some details attest more ancient origins, prior to the village itself. Patrico’s very inception would therefore be connected to the existence of an isolated church or chapel. South of the village, on a height overlooking the small valley called “campo di Lalle”, there are the remains of “La Torraccia”. Remains of brickwork on the ground lead us to think that they are the surviving traces of a small castle dating back to the XIIIth or XIVth centuries.

Past the village you keep going on the carriageable road and, after 500 metres you cross the Sentiero dei Castellieri, (S.C.), proto-historic fortifications built on hills, quite diffused on the mounts around Spoleto. To get back to town, you may continue on the left to get down to Castelmonte, then along the Valcieca, on the itinerary #3. On the right, you head for Mount Fionchi instead.

Once reached a spring, you climb up to the small cleft, to reach Mount Fionchi. This area is a “special protection area” (ZPS). Its pastures are in fact inhabited by many endangered rare species such as the honey-buzzard, the short-toed eagle, the golden eagle, the lanner, the peregrine falcon, the rock thrush and the rock bunting.

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