This road curves following the contour of the hill at its east end, then begins descending. There's also a marker for a Sentiero Naturalistico e Storico, so I stopped, locked up the bike and climbed the trail. At the top is a long stone wall, the north side of the castle. The inner buildings have fallen to ruin, with only low stone walls delimiting their shape. There was a round bastion at one corner in pretty good shape, and at the highest point of the hill, the base of the tall square tower. There was a lovely olive or brownish/yellowish snake basking in the sun at the tower, but she slithered away when I approached. Tried to get a picture but she was too fast.
I then descended on a single track trail which later joins the previous well-made gravel road, so kind of a waste of time. But it did have some rock shelves with maybe a one-foot drop where I quickly appreciated the advantage of front suspension- I wasn't catapulted over the handlebars.
This is a great place to visit- and only 15 minutes from home. Be back soon.
|East end of long north wall|
|Little shrine with west end of north wall in background|
|Bastion at northeast corner of castle walls|
|Lago di Ravedis from castle|
|Castle wall with lago|
|Close up of lago|
|Monte Fara 1342 meters|
|Looking east across Torrente Cellina|
|View south toward Montereale|
|Remnant of tower at northwest corner of castle|