the two valleys tour

35.50 km
1871 m

Mercatino Conca – Monte Altavelio – Piandicastello – Torricella – Castelnuovo – Onferno – Molino Renzini – Mercatino Conca

Mercatino Conca was built by the Malatesta family during the Middle Ages as a sentry point overlooking important traffic hubs. Start from Rossini square, then the tour really takes off once you have left the village via the bridge. It first rises gently until you get to Ripalta, then onwards to the tiny village of Monte Altavelio. Various ups and downs of the road take you to the church of Piandicastello. Going downwards now, you leave the Conca valley and enter the Ventena valley instead. After a stretch on a dirt road, you get to a medieval stone road that rises up to the medieval village of Castelnuovo, then on to Piandicastello. From here, you descend to the Onferno caves with the museum, then to Molino Renzini. A dirt road along the Conca river takes you back in the other direction, once again to the bridge of Mercatino Conca and thus back to your starting point.