Giro dei Condotti

The traditional, charming promenade that faces the Colle Sant’Elia and the Rocca Albornoziana curls for 1 km about along the first part of path #1, from the Fortilizio dei Mulini to the Ponte Sanguineto.

From the Fortilizio dei Mulini, at the other end of the Ponte delle Torri, the route goes on along theGiro dei Condotti, that gets its name from the fact that it follows in part the aqueducts that reach the Ponte delle Torri. It is a charming pathway, mostly on the flat, that faces colle Sant’Elia and the Rocca Albornoziana, disclosing some among the most beautiful sights on the city, among heather, juniper, holm-oak, boxwood, thymus, fern, blackberry, mastic, strawberry tree, cyclamen and dog rose. In the most characteristic place, there used to be a spring of very fresh water, now disappeared, by the prodigious healing properties against female sterility, the so-called Fountain of Nine Months.

Along the route it is possible to glimpse ancient religious buildings, many of which in ruin or transformed; as the path begins, on the left there is the hermitage of San Leonardo, with a wide cave, reminded of in the 1296 Town Statute; it used to be the northernmost limit ot the Monteluco hermits’ settlements.

Halfway, a diversion to the left allows to reach the former church of S. Elisabetta and its small monastery  (XIIIth cen.), now in ruins. From ponte Sanguineto the route goes on along the western side of colle Ciciano, where you meet the remains of the church and monastery of S. Maria inter Angelos, a.k.a. delle Palazze, XIIIth-century buildings once inhabited by the Poor Clares, once featuring frescoes dating to the end of the XIIIth century by Umbrian painter Maestro delle Palazze.

The last part of the Giro is a steep descent towards the quarter Ponzianina, in via del Tiro a Segno. Going straight ahead, along the tree-lined via Cacciatori delle Alpi, you reach piazza Garibaldi. Taking via delle Lettere on the right and turning to the right again after 200 m, you quickly reach the monastery and church of S. Ponziano. Soon after, past the graveyard’s entrance, you reach the Basilica of S. Salvatore, by the exceptional artistic and historical value, built between the VIIth and the VIIIth cen.

If you turn to the left instead, you cross the Tessino bridge and, soon befor the Middle Ages boundary walls, you reach the escalator toward the top of the city, the Giro della Rocca and the Rocca Albornoziana.

Notice: the Ponte delle Torri is not currently accessible. You can take the Giro dei Condotti from via del Tiro a Segno.

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