Riserva Naturale Regionale Monterano - Canale Monterano (RM)

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Walking ancient trails in the Etruscan country of Northern Lazio.
Agt 2018
Canale Monterano – Monterano Antica – Natural Reserve Monterano, northern Lazio Little more than an hour by car north of Rome (taking the Civitvecchia autostrada or the much slower SP493 keeping to the west of Lago Bracciano) and you’re in Northern Lazio – lands where >3,000 years ago the ancient Etruscans lived. The rolling countryside remains notwithstanding the gradual economic decline of smallholder agriculture that once provided food and employment in the region. It’s been replaced by tourism and service industries, with large numbers of people commuting into Rome each day. From Spring through to late Autumn this is the land of the holiday-maker. Villages that have been closed for 4-5 months are rediscovered; shutters are thrown back, windows are opened and houses that have been dark and empty are prepared for motorized invaders from northern Europe. This includes many amongst the 9M who descend upon Rome each year, race around the popular urban sights and then hire a car or take the bus into the surrounding country. The locals return too – with a heritage house in this or that village that was once the home of nonna o forse una lontana zia nubile; now a holiday home for that long w/e and for the summer break – Ferragusta – mid-August. The villages burst into life with networks of people who know each other but are frequently out-numbered by the stranieri. It’s a heady mix of rural Italy that contrasts with the images of manicured Umbria and Tuscany to the north. Northern Lazio is comfortable - you can, if you have a mind/time/capabilities, park your car in a quiet community, shoulder a pack and take to the back-country, following the ancient trails that once criss-crossed this country. Pelligrini trails too, with Rome a few km to the south. You can capture a glimpse of the country as it once was and appreciate the environmental changes taking place as the flora and fauna re-possess the land by visiting the Riserva Naturale Regionale Monterano. It’s 2 km west of Canale Monterano; here you’ll find >10 km2 of part-managed landscape, relatively easy walking, mud springs, medieval ruins, Etruscan tombs and world-class scenic vistas that embrace Tolfa and Sabatini Mountains and the streams in between. Stopover in Canale Monterano for a few days and explore the Reserve, the stabilized ruins of Monterano Antica and the San Bonaventura monastery; and then venture along the trails. Much of this is day-walking country too; you don’t need to be more than half-day from your car. To reach the borgo follow the sign-posts – turning off Via Manziana into Via Monterano alongside the church – Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo – on foot or by car – heading downhill. Outside the village you’re on packed gravel, but the road’s passable whatever the weather; an up-and-down single lane road for much of the way. Follow the signs ‘Monterano Antica’. There’s a large car park 150 m before the ancient borgo. From here you’re on foot. Every TripAdvisor review seems to have described the remains left behind from this abandoned 17th century community – castle dominating the church, imposing height, fountain with the elegant Bernini lion facsimile in front of the castle, supporting buildings behind the castle, remnants of the Roman viaduct that predates everything and, on those hot days mid-summer, two water troughs beneath and to one side of the viaduct fed by a rock spring. This is where you fill up your water bottles and, if it’s really (really) hot, duck your head into the water (it’s about a metre deep – and COLD). There’s a bench seat beneath the Bernini lion. Take a spell and escape into the imagination of the community that once was. Reflect upon its demise - from malaria, papal wars and insecurity. Through the borgo and 250 m further on there’s the remains of the San Bonaventura monastery; it’s on a hill looking much like a film set that’s been left behind. In reality, it has been a modern film set many times over. Out front is the Bernini fountain facsimile (the real one’s in Canale Monterano). The building is now fenced, but that doesn’t appear to have stopped the casual visitor. From the back of the monastery take in the extensive view across northern Lazio to Tolfa on the skyline 12 km away. Time on hand? Here’s a comfortable walk. Start in the car park of the Bosco Macchia Grande on the left of the SP493 as you skirt Manziana. Loop west on foot to Canale Monterano – couple of km back roads. Take a coffee break in the village. Then follow the Via Monterano to the Natural Reserve - another couple of km. Through the car park and just before the borgo turn left follow the path down-hill to the valley of the Fiumi Mignome. Turn left and follow the road up-hill heading south. Up and over the Manziana-Tolfa Road SP3a - more back roads. Bottom of the hill there’s Il ponte del diablo – a large intact Etruscan bridge. Last time there it was completely overgrown. Be informed, however, it’s on private land. Check with the Uffici Riserva Naturale Regionale in Canale Monterano for access. Back track from the bridge trail to the road, cross the stream and open land to your right and head up around the hill keeping the small pumping station to your right, turning east and skirting the small blocks of fenced land to your left and into the back of the Bosco Macchia Grande. At the first major cross track, turn left and return to where you left your car. Easy. Buon viaggio Peter Steele 08 March 2019

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Stephen M
8 kontribusi
Mar 2022
Makes a very nice excursion from Bracciano with a car. Quite lovely in the sunshine. The valley is breathtaking with sulphurous cascades and lovely woods, and offers some strenuous walks though you can get around by car on the long, rough roads to see the ruined monastic village.
Ditulis pada 19 Mei 2022
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Peter S
Roma, Italia3.511 kontribusi
Agt 2018 • Keluarga
Canale Monterano – Monterano Antica – Natural Reserve Monterano, northern Lazio

Little more than an hour by car north of Rome (taking the Civitvecchia autostrada or the much slower SP493 keeping to the west of Lago Bracciano) and you’re in Northern Lazio – lands where >3,000 years ago the ancient Etruscans lived. The rolling countryside remains notwithstanding the gradual economic decline of smallholder agriculture that once provided food and employment in the region. It’s been replaced by tourism and service industries, with large numbers of people commuting into Rome each day.

From Spring through to late Autumn this is the land of the holiday-maker. Villages that have been closed for 4-5 months are rediscovered; shutters are thrown back, windows are opened and houses that have been dark and empty are prepared for motorized invaders from northern Europe. This includes many amongst the 9M who descend upon Rome each year, race around the popular urban sights and then hire a car or take the bus into the surrounding country.

The locals return too – with a heritage house in this or that village that was once the home of nonna o forse una lontana zia nubile; now a holiday home for that long w/e and for the summer break – Ferragusta – mid-August. The villages burst into life with networks of people who know each other but are frequently out-numbered by the stranieri.

It’s a heady mix of rural Italy that contrasts with the images of manicured Umbria and Tuscany to the north. Northern Lazio is comfortable - you can, if you have a mind/time/capabilities, park your car in a quiet community, shoulder a pack and take to the back-country, following the ancient trails that once criss-crossed this country. Pelligrini trails too, with Rome a few km to the south.

You can capture a glimpse of the country as it once was and appreciate the environmental changes taking place as the flora and fauna re-possess the land by visiting the Riserva Naturale Regionale Monterano. It’s 2 km west of Canale Monterano; here you’ll find >10 km2 of part-managed landscape, relatively easy walking, mud springs, medieval ruins, Etruscan tombs and world-class scenic vistas that embrace Tolfa and Sabatini Mountains and the streams in between.

Stopover in Canale Monterano for a few days and explore the Reserve, the stabilized ruins of Monterano Antica and the San Bonaventura monastery; and then venture along the trails. Much of this is day-walking country too; you don’t need to be more than half-day from your car. To reach the borgo follow the sign-posts – turning off Via Manziana into Via Monterano alongside the church – Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo – on foot or by car – heading downhill. Outside the village you’re on packed gravel, but the road’s passable whatever the weather; an up-and-down single lane road for much of the way. Follow the signs ‘Monterano Antica’. There’s a large car park 150 m before the ancient borgo. From here you’re on foot.

Every TripAdvisor review seems to have described the remains left behind from this abandoned 17th century community – castle dominating the church, imposing height, fountain with the elegant Bernini lion facsimile in front of the castle, supporting buildings behind the castle, remnants of the Roman viaduct that predates everything and, on those hot days mid-summer, two water troughs beneath and to one side of the viaduct fed by a rock spring. This is where you fill up your water bottles and, if it’s really (really) hot, duck your head into the water (it’s about a metre deep – and COLD).

There’s a bench seat beneath the Bernini lion. Take a spell and escape into the imagination of the community that once was. Reflect upon its demise - from malaria, papal wars and insecurity. Through the borgo and 250 m further on there’s the remains of the San Bonaventura monastery; it’s on a hill looking much like a film set that’s been left behind. In reality, it has been a modern film set many times over. Out front is the Bernini fountain facsimile (the real one’s in Canale Monterano). The building is now fenced, but that doesn’t appear to have stopped the casual visitor. From the back of the monastery take in the extensive view across northern Lazio to Tolfa on the skyline 12 km away.

Time on hand? Here’s a comfortable walk. Start in the car park of the Bosco Macchia Grande on the left of the SP493 as you skirt Manziana. Loop west on foot to Canale Monterano – couple of km back roads. Take a coffee break in the village. Then follow the Via Monterano to the Natural Reserve - another couple of km. Through the car park and just before the borgo turn left follow the path down-hill to the valley of the Fiumi Mignome. Turn left and follow the road up-hill heading south. Up and over the Manziana-Tolfa Road SP3a - more back roads.

Bottom of the hill there’s Il ponte del diablo – a large intact Etruscan bridge. Last time there it was completely overgrown. Be informed, however, it’s on private land. Check with the Uffici Riserva Naturale Regionale in Canale Monterano for access.

Back track from the bridge trail to the road, cross the stream and open land to your right and head up around the hill keeping the small pumping station to your right, turning east and skirting the small blocks of fenced land to your left and into the back of the Bosco Macchia Grande. At the first major cross track, turn left and return to where you left your car. Easy.

Buon viaggio

Peter Steele
08 March 2019
Ditulis pada 25 Maret 2019
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fssutton1
Charleston, Carolina Selatan813 kontribusi
Mei 2018 • Pasangan
What a peaceful lovely place. The ruins are really divided into two very close to one another areas. Both are interesting. Can't wait to go to a medieval festival there in 2 weeks.
Ditulis pada 5 Mei 2018
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia14.107 kontribusi
Jan 2018 • Pasangan
The ruins are definitely the big attraction of the area, however the reserve itself should be given the attention it deserves, there is excellent walking to be had amongst the many trails, visiting creeks and etruscan tombs along the way. we saw nobody in the time we were there.
Ditulis pada 26 Januari 2018
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Giovanna1988
Alconbury, UK17 kontribusi
Apr 2017 • Keluarga
I spent a morning exploring these ruins and walking through the nature surrounding it and I must say it was glorious. I was not expecting much when I first arrived but I very much enjoyed my visit and if you are passing by well worth a visit.
Ditulis pada 28 Agustus 2017
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Somuch2enjoy
San Diego, CA10 kontribusi
Mei 2015 • Teman
The area around the abandoned town of Antica Monterano is an amazing area to explore. To make your visit easy, type "Antica Monterano" into Google Maps and the pin lands on the main dirt road. Use satellite view. The church ruins are to the left of the pin. The town ruins are up and to the right of the pin at the end of the road, and the aqueduct is the horizontal line to the right of the town ruins. Follow the dirt road down from the pin and to the right and it also passes by the aqueduct (a trail goes under the left arch of the aqueduct up to the town ruins) and the road continues up and to the right to a parking lot that is obvious on the map.
To get to a second parking lot and the sulphur pond, follow a trail on the bottom (south) side of the dirt road- that trail begins a little to the right of the aqueduct and goes straight right (east) to the open area on a second dirt road. The sulphur pond is in this open area on the north side of the road. There is a shallow cave on the south side of the open area. Follow this dirt road right (east) and you'll see a second parking lot just before the road splits and becomes paved instead of dirt. This is the lot I parked in and you can see the lot on Google Street View, and you can get directions to it by placing a pin on it as your destination. Instead of walking from this lot to the sulphur pond on the dirt road, you can take the stairs on the south side of the dirt road near the lot to the base of a waterfall and continue west on a trail that goes alongside the road and connects back to the dirt road at the open area that has the cave and sulphur pond (if you approach from the open area, walk across the rocks beside the cave to find the trail).
When we were there on May 1, Labor Day, there were hundreds of people eating on tables near the church ruins. We bought drinks and pie slices from locals who brought food for the celebration. I loved exploring this area and recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure and a couple hours to spare.
Ditulis pada 31 Oktober 2015
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Romanbiker
Roma, Italia948 kontribusi
Agt 2015
if around Manziana or Tolfa, Canale Monterano is worth the visit. Make sure it is a sunny and dry day as it might get a bit muddy if raining,
Ditulis pada 2 September 2015
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Hillary P
Stoney Creek, Kanada40 kontribusi
Agt 2014 • Keluarga
Beautifully preserved historical area highly recommended! Loved the old original ruins of Monterano including the aqueduct from old Roman days!
Ditulis pada 27 Juli 2015
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R H
3 kontribusi
Jun 2015 • Pasangan
We visited Monterano itself just after their festival. An abandoned village with many interesting buildings and features.
Ditulis pada 22 Juni 2015
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hjb50
Cardiff, UK160 kontribusi
Jun 2012 • Pasangan
You have to be quite determined to find your way into the nature reserve at Canale Monterano but in the end if you follow the signs - you will and it's worth it. There are sulphurous springs, butterflies of all colours and signs of an Etruscan past wherever you look. Don't miss Antica Monterano - the abandoned town with an old monastery open to the sky and a fig tree growing inside. A good map would be useful if you can lay your hands on one. Enjoy!
Ditulis pada 24 Juni 2012
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