Itinerary from the village of Piobbico, once dominated by Brancaleoni, to the fraction of Bacciardi among an uncontaminated nature
  • Travelling time: 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Why we love it: For the uncontaminated nature and its streams between Piobbico and Bacciardi, for the silence of the woods
  • Length: 5 km
  • Total Elevation Gain: 200 m
  • Way to travel: by foot
  • Cost: 0 €
  • Our Advice: From Bacciardi, our destination, you can return to Piobbico or continue to explore the Mount Nerone

We are in the Marche, in central Italy. The region has much to offer, especially to those who love nature: among mountains, rolling hills and unforgettable beaches it hosts many national and regional parks. Trekking enthusiasts will find plenty of trails to discover; today we bring you to discover of the beautiful Mount Nerone.

Mount Nerone, near Piobbico
Mount Nerone, photo by Roy Luck via Flickr


We start from Piobbico, a village in the province of Pesaro Urbino. It situated in a valley between Mount Nerone and Mount Montiego and is washed by the rivers Biscubio and Candigliano who join right in town. This charming area has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and there are also testimonies Etruscan and Roman era, but the history of the village is mainly identified with the Brancaleoni family. The castle of the ancient lords dominates the peaceful medieval village.

The village of Piobbico, overlooke by the castle of Brancaleoni family
The village of Piobbico, overlooke by the castle of Brancaleoni family


It is from here that our journey begins. We cross the bridge over the river Candigliano, we arrive in a small square from where we turn right in a small path, passing under the houses. We continue along the left bank of the river until ew get on the highway. Here, more carefully, we walk on the edge of the road for 200m to the entrance of the river, the fosso dell’Eremo, on the other side of the road.

The Fosso dell'Eremo stream
The Fosso dell'Eremo stream


We cross the tributary with a small bridge while we admire the beautiful cliffs, now climbing sites. A path leads us to the ruins of the Hermitage of Santa Maria in Morimondo.

The ruins of the Hermitage of Santa Maria in Morimondo, now part of the woods
The ruins of the Hermitage of Santa Maria in Morimondo


From here we go up the beautiful river, passing numerous fords. The end of the valley is marked by the remains of the mill Cesari, here the trail continues on a rocky ledge; we pass the ford on the river Presale and after a few minutes we move away from the river to get to the village of Bacciardi. Entering this place is just like a dive into the past; Here life has different rhythm and the silence reigns above all. To enjoy all of this all, we suggest you stop for a lunch or a night in the beautiful Slowcanda, where you can relax, taste the local produce and live a few days of wellness, silence and nature.

Slowcanda, the ideal place for sleeping and tasting great local products in a welcoming atmosphere


A path through a uncontaminated nature between the sound of the streams and the silence of medieval villages.


Author: Chiara Marras


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