The 'oil path'
MTB/ hybrid bike excursion.
The itinerary starts at the Rafting Centre in Arrone, passing by Santa Maria's Church. Its mainly unpaved roads are easily accessible.
In this area olive trees have always been cultivated, producing excellent quality olive oil.
Go up to the paved road leading to Ludra Valley, turn right to a wide unpaved road leading to the little village of Tripozzo, where a Roman-time oil mill from the 1st century a.C. can be found.
Once crossed the olive tree terracings along the road, enter a holm oak, hornbeam and Aleppo pine forest and then go down to the valley of the stream Fosso del Castellone.
In Monterivoso, keep going down on the paved road along the left bank of the River Nera direction Precetto.
Here the itinerary is flat and follows the valley floor unpaved road winding amidst farmed fields and source water channels. The path crosses the little rural settlement of Palombare. After that, take the comfortable paved road flanking the river leading directly to the starting point.
The small rural village lies in a panoramic position halfway up the left slope of the Nera Valley surrounded by olive trees and a forest.
Tripozzo takes its name from three public wells that used to guarantee the water supply of the surrounding territory.
The remains of an old Roman oil mill dating back to the 1st century a.C. have been found near the village. The oil mill still presents olive collection basins, drainage channels and the holes where the wooden levers, which are necessary to press the olives, were inserted in.
The village is situated along the ancient road linking Arrone to Polino, as well as to the mountain area Salto del Cieco. Nowadays the road is an excursion path.
The fortified village stands along the right side of the valley Valle del Castellone; it is characterised by tiny streets and houses leaning to the rock and has two churches: the Romanesque Sant'Antonio Abate's and San Nicola's.
Just outside the village a former oil mill now hosting the Rural Tradition Etnographic Museum “Casarivoso” can be visited, where more than two thousands old artifacts are exposed. The museum offers an overview of the past activities, as well as the rural life of the Nera Valley. The tower in the old town can be visited upon request at the nearby B&B “Il Castello del Poggio”.
The tiny rural village is located along the left bank of the River Nera on a small hill in front of the slope where the town of Montefranco lies upon.
The name of the village origins from the ancient dovecotes towers (deriving from the medieval tower houses) which were used for housing pigeons.
Below the village winds the old valley floor road leading from Arrone to Ferentillo, which is usually crossed by hikers walking the St. Francis Way.
The town lies on the top a rock and dominates the wide valley of the River Nera. The fortress of Arrone was built between the 11th and 12th century by the feudal lords of the Family Arroni with the aim of protecting the roads linking the Nera Valley to the Rieti area. Nowadays here in this small town, life still takes place in the tiny streets of the medieval area (La terra, meaning '”the land”), where there is a great sense of peace and protection and where time is marked by the high clock tower's hands.
The original and oldest part of the town developed on the top of the rock where the first feudal lords of the town, (the Arroni Family) built the fortress, the towers and the strong defensive walls.
The square in the old town has an elongated shape and connects the quadrilateral tower to San Giovanni's Church, which was the old parish church of the town and where one can admire an interesting cycle of frescoes from the 15th c.
The part of the town built outside the fortified area “La Terra” is named after the collegiate church Collegiata di Santa Maria. Nowadays this part is the heart of the town, where daily life unrolls, thanks to the shops and the street linking Arrone to Piediluco Lake, as well as to the main state road 'Valnerina'.
Arrone and a part of its territory belong to the Regional River Nera Park, offering many excursions as well as cycling itineraries amidst an unspoiled nature not far from the city of Terni.