Configni offers many recently rediscovered trails on the north, east and ovest slope of the Cosce Mountain. The trails, thanks to their different difficulty levels, aren't boring at all. Just few kilometers by car, while you will see a wonderful view and its typical vegetation, Rottaccia and Camorco karst caves, Pozzo di Miesole hole, the ruins of an old prehistoric fortress (IX c. a. C) and the sportive climb. This natural climb is situated just 300 m up on the historical city centre. The rock hosts plates, cliffs, holes that make the climb more interesting. This trail has 60 itineraries from the 4th until the 7th C and particular trails for children and beginners. In the mountain territory of Configni, Lugnola and Cottanello many itineraries are available for mountain bike, horse-riding and from Vacone where paragliding is possibl
Itinerary 1: Monte Cosce - Anello da Configni
(Difficulty: E - Difference in height: around 600 m - Duration: 5,6, stops excluded)
From Configni's parking area you must go up to the steep asphalted climb that soon becomes a pathway in the direction to Fosso della Foce passing under the sport climbing wall. Go forward on north direction on a steep cliff until Casitti, few old ruins of a Castle. The trail goes on between forests until Croce del Piano Lago (1043 m). Following the train that leads to the antennas on the inaccessible Cime Fosso d'Anselmo (1121 m) you will get to the plane crash monument (17 February 1978) before arriving to the panoramic top of Monte Cosce (1114 m).Enjoy the amazing the Tiber Valley, Soratte and Cimini mountains until Cime Testone (1053 m). After going though Costa Muraccia you will go down to Fosso Rottaccia's direction. From this point you can visit the small Rottaccia cave, rich of stories and legends. You can go back to the town from Portella.
From Cottanello many trails are available. CAI and other hiking associations often came here to the Anello di Monte Piante Grandi (1.013 m) or to the 362 and 364 trails starting from Cottanello's field until Stroncone, Greccio and San Cataldo hermitage or Cava di Marmo.
Itinerary 2: Cappelletta of Cottanello's fields
(Difficulty: E - Duration: 1h and 45 min. - Climb: 400 m)
By car from the Cottanello's residential centre, go to Casette direction and after 5 km you will get the small residential centre inhabited by shepherds. Following the train on the right side go through an artificial lake and then turn right and enter Valle del Frasso and go on on the left side. With a small deviation on the left you can visit Fonte Bugiarda, a cistern with an hand pump (902 m). Go on the main trail and go down until Fonte Acqua Panara, another cistern with pump (924 m), you will arrive to a forest and then to a street leading to Greccio. On the way back follow the same itinerary.
Itinerary 3: Monte Porco Morto
(Difficulty: E - Duration: 2h and 30 min. - Climb: 450 m - Distance covered: 7 km)
This mountain is one of the most important tops of Monti Sabini (1260 mt.). The starting point is situated in Piè di Forra (Fonte Cerro, 842 m) at the 17th km of the provincial road connecting Contigliano to Cottanello. Follow the untarmacked road for 15 min. and then until Fonte Lallo with two fountains and go down until Fonte Creticcia (925 m). Later you will get to a crossroad at Colle Creta's south-west (1000 m) following the untarmacked road on the right and at the next crossroad where you will turn right, once passed Ceppette's locality go on the south direction and you will arrive at Monte Macchia Porrara. Go forward and you will get to a big moat and to Sella Pozzaneve (1.131 m) that separates Monte Porco Morto with Monte Macchia Porrara. Go up the wooded cliff on south direction until the northern forepeak without vegetation (1212) and then down again until Monte Parco Morto's top (1.260 m), 30 min from Pozzaneve. Follow the south direction and in 10 minutes you will get to the southern forepeak characterized by a stone man. On the way back follow the same itinerary.
Itinerary 4: Monte Cimamacchia (989 m)
(Difficulty: E - Duration: 4h - Difference in height: around 150 m)
From Piè di Morra (Fonte Cerro, 840 m) take the untarmacked road on south direction until Fonte Lallo. Cross Prati and get to San Tomeo's hermitage. Take again the untarmacked road and go on Monte Cimamacchia (989 m). On the way back follow the same itinerary.
Though the 360, 361, and 362 CAI's itinerary you can arrive to Montasola. From here, in Monte Pizzuto's direction you will see many shelters belonging to different municipalities such as Casperia (Fonte Cognolo, Valle Ferrara equipped for tourist accommodation, Colle Perrini and Monte Mosca), Roccantica (Pratelle and Calenne). The associations in Casperia's territory that manage the shelters used signals to indicate different trails, they periodically organise excursions too.
Itinerary 5: Valle Ferrara and Fonte Cognolo
By car from St. Maria in Legarano go through St. Maria street (2,5 km) that from the provincial road "Finocchieto" goes in the church direction. The itinerary starts from Casale Rivoltavia where you will start climbing. After around 15 minutes walking (705 m. altitude) turn right, the pathway is marked and well visible. Flank Mosca Mountain and pass through Valle Ferrara and proceed along the moat. Right after 45 minutes you will arrive at the Fonte Ferrara field where you can stay at the shelter (974 altitude m.) managed by the association Sabina Trekking and protected by a group of monumental turkey oaks. On the other side there is a small spring pouring water during the entire year.
From this shelter follow the mountain road on the east direction. After one hour walking and without any hard pathways it leads directly to Fonte Cognolo (1052 m.) and to the most important perennial spring of Monti Sabini where the Ala association manages a shelter. Going again to the mountain road on the east direction in less than one hour you can arrive at the grazing land Colle Ventoso whose spring water comes directly from Fonte Cognolo. When you get the grazing lands leave the main road and on the right cross a small unmarked road that while going down gets tighter and in 30 minutes you will be at the municipal road S. Maria, at 750 meters distance from the parking.
From the residential centre of Roccantica you can climb or visit the Falesia, with limestone walls and light cliffs. The Falesia is easily reachable from Maria Robbio Tacci street.
Itinerary 6: St. Leonardo and St. Michele's hermitages
(Difficulty: E- Difference in height: 250m - Duration: 4h and 30 min with stops - Distance covered: 7 km)
The trails starts at St. Valentino Square. Along the trail you will see perimetral wall ruins, monks' residence, a water mill whose big stone wheel is the proof of its ancient origins. The trail makes the visitor enjoy a tour surrounded by arbutuses, holmes and downy oaks. In St. Leonardo Hermitage frescoes by Jacopo da Roccantica are still visible (1450). The representation of Saint James from Compostela pilgrims' protector, testimonies the importance of this place always used as a communication spot. Researchers confirm that this hermitage must be dating back to VIII-IX century when it was under Farfa Abbey's jurisdiction. Along the way you will get to St. Michele's Cave where many years ago there was a small statue, now lost, probably representing the Goddess Vacuna.
Itinerary 7: Revotano (walk)
Close to the city center there is a small karst basin (250 meters big) reachable by walking on a pedestrian trail inside a mediterranean forest.
From St. Vantino Square looking at the left the basin is clearly visible on a hill.
Because of the presence of this particular karst basin the name of the hill became Revotano (Reotine in dialect, overtuned). Ancient populations brought this place back to Enea's myth or to an extinct volcano. The legend tells that Roccantica rose exactly on this place but then sinked because of an earthquake. All the inhabitants know the legend and the sentence “blonde run away 'cause the earth is giving way!”
Itinerary 8 : Monte Pizzuto, Monti Sabini's top
The highest mountain of Sabina (1.288 m) after Tancia Mountain on Monte San Giovanni's territory. Between beeches, oaks and holm oaks you will arrive to Fonte Regna with its ancient and fresh waters coming from the underground of a thousand years old forest. The old pipeline hand made with stone are still visible. From this point you can go up to Monte Pizzuto from whose topyou can enjoy a stunning view.
Monte Pizzuto is reachable from Monte Tancia and from trails starting from Poggio Catino. Here there is a shetler Il Trio that it's equipped for tourist accommodation. Tancia mountain, the highest mountain in Monti Sabini (1.295 m) it's a wonderful balcony on the whole central Appennino, Reatina hollow, Tiber river, Soratte mountain and Sabina.Just choose your trail.
Itinerary 9: Botte locality-Cisterna - Trio-Tancia
(Duration: 3h and 40 min, stops excluded - climb: 700 m - Distance covered by walking: 13,5 km)
The starting point is at Osteria del Tancia (800 m). The touristic signal of Monte San Giovanni Municipality says “Osteria del Tancia, from whose ruins the today's building has been restored, rose at the end of the Medieval Age and for a long time was an important stop on the way directed to Tancia, the main connecting road between the Reatina basin and Sabina, walked by merchants, shepherds and bandits.”
Itinerary 10: Monte Pizzuto (1.288 m)
(Difference in height: 700 m - Duration: 5h, stops excluded)
From the small bridge on Fosso di Galantina (638 m), take the pathway 16 Novembre, go up to the northern crest leading to Prato Rossito and to the top of Monte Menicoccio (1.204 m) and go forward on the crest until you get to Monte Pizzuto's top. If you want to go on take the direction to Passo Trivio (1.119 m). Cross Prati di Poggio Perugino and you will see the whole Gemini Valley and get to the starting point.
Itinerary 11: Monte Ode
(Difficulty E: - Difference in height: 300 m - Duration: 4h and 30 min, stops included - Distance covered by walking: 8 km)
Wonderful ring excursion that leads to the top of Monte Ode (964 m). At firs your trail will take place in the forest along the Osteria's moat with ferns, water games, small waterfalls and surprising Pozze del Diavolo. A short but steep climb will leand you to the very top.
From Monte Ode, in Salisano's territory, you can get to the valley and arrive to Mompeo with its Regional Monument Gole del Farfa. Following the river you will get to the Riserva Naturale Regionale Nazzano-Tevere Farfa, an important stop for migratory birds. Along the Tiber there are many boat dockings for the Tiber navigation.