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Thursday 09
March 2023

219 km
Altitude gain 2100 mt

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Greccio -

Tortoreto

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The route is divided into two parts: an approach to the stage finale, and a closing circuit. In the first part, the route follows mainly the Salaria state road, undulating across the Apennines. The roads here are usually wide and well paved, only narrowed at points, with some tunnels along the route. Street furniture will be the main impediment as the stage passes through urban areas. The closing circuit begins at km 167.
Final kilometres
The final kilometres are part of a circuit of 17.1 kms, to be covered 3 times, which consists of a descent and a closing climb to the finish, with a small flat stretch along the coast in between. The final 3 kms have a mild uphill gradient of approx. 7%. The final 100 metres are flat and on tarmac.

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Greccio

Overview

A recipient of the title “most beautiful villages in Italy,” Greccio, in the province of Rieti, is a place so special that even St. Francis was struck by it. It was here, in fact, that the saint gave life to the first nativity scene.

But in addition to having deep religious significance, this gem of the lush Sabina is also a place where traditions and folklore allow you to go back in time, rediscovering ancient flavors. With a superb panoramic view of the vast and lush plain and the Sabine mountains that surround it, Greccio, is placidly nestled just over seven hundred meters at the foot of Mount Lacerone.

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In addition to the sacredness of the Shrine erected by St. Francis, Greccio still bears vivid testimony to its ancient and glorious past. Its Castle is a vivid testimony to this.

But the origins of this charming village go back even further. Not surprisingly, its very name brings to mind the fact that its foundation, so tradition has it, occurred following the arrival of a colony from Greece. Fleeing destruction and war, legend has it that they found the ideal place here, where amenity and ease of defense ensured a prosperous future.

During the medieval period, Greccio was fortified and, today the ancient village still retains its immeasurable charm intact, despite the devastation and looting perpetrated by Emperor Frederick II and the Napoleonic army. It is still possible, in fact, to see what remains of the castle, for example, part of the floor of this stupendous military structure built in the 11th century and originally defended by a wall and six towers. Currently, there are three remaining towers, and in the 17th century the largest one was converted into a bell tower.

Near this tower is the Church of St. Michael the Archangel, at the top of a scenic staircase. The church dates from the 14th century and was carved out of part of the castle. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times, but still has remarkable paintings and frescoes from the 15th and 17th centuries.

Finally, after gladdening the spirit and the eyes, it is only right to taste the genuineness of the Sabina food and wine tradition, a true triumph of flavors and exceptional tastes dominated by the endless seasonal delights.

Tortoreto

Overview

Tortoreto is a town on the Adriatic coast immersed in a guarded and protected nature, nestled between the intense blue of the sea that caresses a fine golden sand and the green hills that slope gently down to the coast.

In this strip of land to the north of Abruzzo, the modern Tortoreto Lido, with its seaside chalets, bike path and beautiful seafront promenade, and the ancient medieval Borgo, rich in history and culture, coexist in harmony.

The mild climate, the varied landscape, the crystal-clear sea and the culture for hospitality that has always distinguished the inhabitants of Tortoreto and the tour operators in the area have been pampering generations of vacationers and tourists from all “where” for decades.

Food

The traditional cuisine of Tortoreto is vast and varied just like its territory. On the coast, the cuisine is very much linked to the seafaring activity, here we will find typical fish and seafood dishes, spaghetti with clams, fish roasts, the wonderful fried food and you can also taste the typical local dish, that is the famous mixed fish soup called Brodetto di Pesce. Moving towards the hills, we find simple and richly flavored dishes related to the agricultural tradition, so products of the land, meat and excellent local wines.

A characteristic dish of the area is mazzarelle of lamb cooked in the oven and flavored with spices. Pork is also widely used in traditional cooking, especially in winter it is prepared roasted, boiled, fried or baked. Matured cheeses such as pecorino, extra virgin olive oil, cold cuts and vegetables are just some of the excellent local products you can taste in Tortoreto, together with a good glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wine, excellence in the international arena, or for lovers of white, a fresh amabile Trebbiano suitable for fish dishes.

In Tortoreto, and in the Abruzzo region in general, every holiday of the year is linked to special homemade desserts, such as Christmas calcionetti and Easter Pizza, excellent to accompany with a good Montepulciano or a Cerasuolo, a cherry-colored wine, fresh and fragrant.

Some recipes to discover the flavors and tastes of Tortoreto:

  • Chitarrina alla Tortoretana
  • Macaroni alla chitarra
  • Pasta with anchovies
  • Scrippelle ‘mbusse
  • Arrosticini
  • Pallotte “cace e ove” in tomato sauce
  • Lamb “cace e ove”
  • Calcionetti Teramani
  • Easter pizza
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