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Parco di Monte Peglia e Selva di Meana (S.T.I.N.A)

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The Selva of Meana Trail

On foot         Great Interest: Flora Great Interest: Panorama 
  • Departure: Meana
  • Duration: 5 hour/s
  • Difficulty Level: E - Hiking (level)
  • Length: 12.8 km

This trail offers the hiker the possibility to extensively explore the Selva of Meana Park, which is one of the most interesting areas of the entire STINA trail network. The starting point is at the hamlet of Meana: here one can find the ruins of an old estate, which, during the 13th century, was owned by the Bishop of Orvieto. Of particular interest are the ruins of the Church of St. Nicola di Bari. From this little hamlet a breath-taking view stretches out before the viewer: from the village hilltop of Allerona to the offshoots of Mount Cetona and finally descending to the great valley of the River Paglia. The trail, which coincides with the Great Trail of Orvieto (GAO), begins Southwards with a long hike through the woods before arriving at Poggio delle Reti and Poggio la Cupa. On leaving the latter, one also leaves the GAO Trail: continue to the left before arriving at Villa la Selva, also known as Villa Cahen in honour of the financier, Anversa Edouard Cahen, who commissioned the building in 1880; a Liberty style building, it is still surrounding by a magnificent garden, which, however, conserves only a few examples of rare flowers which were once part of a valuable collection, privately imported by Cahen. The Villa is now property of the Italian Forestation Corps and can be visited only by appointment. From here on the trail continues with a winding, downhill trek until Casa Nova and continues to the right along a road in the direction of Allerona. After skirting the woods for about 1200 metres, the trail arrives at a crossroads: take the road to the right in the direction of Podere Aiarella and Podere Casaccia. On leaving the latter, skirt the woodland area on the left for about 500 metres and then take the trail that leads into the woods; after about one-and-a-half kilometres the trail comes to a crossroads, take the road to the right. On immediately leaving the woods, the trail continues to the left for a short distance and then goes along a path lined with trees, turn to the right and continue towards Meana, the starting point of the trail.

Meana
Meana
Meana forest and the Ficulle Badlands
Meana forest and the Ficulle Badlands
Charcoal producer - Allerona
Charcoal producer - Allerona
 
 
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