Culminating in a summit finish, this short but challenging stage will take the peloton to the highest altitude (1,450 m) at the Prati di Tivo KOM. After climbing up to Forca di Arrone, the route reaches the Piana Reatina, passes through Rieti, tackles the Sella di Corno climb, and then takes a long descent to the outskirts of L’Aquila. After Passo Capannelle (‘Superior’ category summit), a long descent (approx. 30 km) follows. The roads are ever-bending, with two well-lit tunnels along the route. The last 14 km rise steadily towards the ski resort.
The closing climb (14.5 km) has a 7% average gradient (with peaks topping out at 12%) and 22 hairpin bends. The slopes are sharper in the first part, touching the steepest gradients in Pietracamela, where the intermediate sprint is set. The final three kilometres have a steady 7% pitch. The home straight (approx. 200 m) is on 7 m wide tarmac.
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Green heart of Italy, Umbria is the region of uncontaminated landscapes, of small and ancient villages rich in history and tradition, of pleasant places, far from the chaos of the city, nestled among the green hills. Terni, the second city in the region, thanks to its strategic geographic position, allows tourists to easily and quickly reach the main Italian cities of art including Rome, Florence, Pisa, Perugia, Assisi, Orvieto. An area that is not wet by the sea, but rich in water: the Marmore Waterfall, the sublime diamond of Valnerina, is the main attraction, an essential destination for every tourist who wants to discover Umbria. To welcome visitors a variety of experiences that allow to satisfy every type of need: guided tours in the medieval villages of the Terni landscape such as Narni and San Gemini, historical centers where tradition and antiquity are the protagonists during the fascinating historical re-enactments that involve the whole communities, but also containers of archaeological and artistic treasures, such as the splendid Carsulae, the ancient Roman city whose remains brought to light are able to enchant anyone; the adrenaline adventures of rafting and canyoning, excursions and horseback riding allow you to discover in depth the natural wonders of a varied environment; for those who, however, decide to move away from stress and fatigue, the Terni area offers the opportunity to visit enchanting places of worship and spirituality, appreciated by all also for their historical and artistic beauty. A rich territory where the welcome to the visitor is itself an excellence: in the best structures including hotels, farmhouses, period residences, the tourist can enjoy the food and wine excellences made in Italy, often at km 0: exquisite meats , DOP brand olive oil, truffles, wines and traditional herbal liqueurs will delight the tourist who will not be able to get away easily from this land.
Since ancient times, truffles have interested philosophers and scientists. Greek philosophers claimed that truffles were rootless vegetables that originated during the autumn rains accompanied by thunder. The Romans were very fond of it and the Latin poets sang its praises and dictated its cooking rules. In the Renaissance era he was the prince of the table in the refined stately courts. Valuable product of nature with an unmistakable scent, it is appreciated and highly sought after. The Terni mountain is rich in it and produces various types, from the unmistakable black to the even rarer white; in summer it offers types of truffles equally appreciable in flavor and aroma, the “scorzone” and the “bianchetto”. Combined with food and dishes, the truffle is widely used in local cuisine.
The cultivation of the olive tree is one of the oldest in Italy, already present since the Etruscan era. Although at a national level the production of oil is somewhat reduced, the Umbrian oil stands out as an oil of a certain value, obtaining in 1997 the European recognition of the Protected Designation of Origin Umbria, the only one at national level to enclose a whole region. The credit of all this is the combination of the climatic conditions of the territory: the characteristics of the soil and the mildness of the climate have favored the cultivation of the olive tree which has always been planted in the various species (moraiolo, leccino, rajo, frantoio). To enjoy the quality of the oil, bruschetta is a must: toasted bread scented with garlic, salt and plenty of olive oil.
The culture of the vine has, in our territory, millennial traditions. In the first book of the Georgics, Virgil recalls the patience with which the vintners of the time dedicated themselves to the cultivation of vines in these pleasant places. We are in the lands crossed by the high course of the Tiber, which gives life to vines. The following wines are produced from the vineyards located in favorable exposure soils in the various municipalities of the province of Terni: White, Red, Rosé, Novello, Malvasia. The Association of the Etruscan Ro-mana Wine Route, which mainly winds in the province of Terni, was born with the aim of promoting in Italy and abroad a particular form of conscious tourism, which combines the knowledge of the territory with that of environmental and agricultural products.