The park of the ruins of Monterano 

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 A little history 

 A rich territory of history and nature. Between deep Walloons recorded in the land of tufo and wide pianori sommita them, emerge the ruins of Monterano. Abandoned to aim seven hundred, the center terribly renders the traces of millenia of history visible and evocative. An Etruscan, medieval and baroque flourishing last that survive dipped in a rigogliosa vegetation and left free to adorn ruins and palaces, it inhabits from vixens and istrici to you and flies over to you from nibbi and poiane.

 Calm route the one which gives Monterano Channel leads to the ruins of the old country and crosses the territory of omonima the Reservoir Natural Regional Monterano. The calm route, through forre, torrents, glades and small wood door to the discovery of one rich zone of history (numerous the testimonies of the period estrusco) and of particular naturalistic interest in a typical territory of the atmosphere to collinare of Mounts of the Tolfa. The distance does not introduce difficulty. 


From B.-P. Park:

In car or coach, from the B.P. Park in 10 minuteren: to proceed for Roman Oriolo;
before Manziana to turn to right for Monterano Channel, point of departure and center of the been born city new from I would have supper of the old Monterano.

Leaving from Monterano Channel, following the indications for the Reservoir, it is come down until the parking. he is preferibile to abandon the sterrata road and to feed the new path marked on left that are penetrated in the mixed forest of chestnut tree, kernel, ornello, carpino and the ferns. On the left side small cascade is visible one, loads with water rossiccia for the high iron content. The forest, rich of ferns (between which lac rarest Osmunda regalis), pungitopo and agrifoglio it is crossed from a small river that in the rainy periods designs pleasant water games between cliffs.


 Remaining on the path, exceeded the bridge that guada the fiumiciattolo, it is reached the open, where the odore of sulfur us door towards some polle of solforosa water:

 A magical atmosphere that is diffused also in the surrounding territory
where warm and cold mineral sources gush out, ancient inheritance of the Sabatino volcano 

 To sides the rests of abandoned mines are found, popolate from bats. Without to feed endured the path that on the right leads to the old abandoned city of Monterano, it is right to continue on the main road where, before arriving on the bridge on the Mignone river, one spalletta rich of spontaneous orchidee of the sort Ophris and Anacamptis is caught up pyaramidalis. With a little attention it is possible to observe also the orchidea Himantoglossum adriaticum, from the unusual shape. 

It returns to you behind, exceeded the cliff dictates of the Indian for its strange shape, the marked path is taken passing for ginestre in flower and hawthorns. The climb does not introduce no difficulty, and in the distance it can be accompanies to you from flight of numerous rapaci that popolano the forre. Easier to observe those diurnals, like the poiana, the nibbio real, nibbio tawny and the sparviero, practically impossible to make the acquaintance with those nocturnes, like the gufo, the allocco, the horned owl and the barn owl. If to enjoy the show in sky the gheppio that ago the "Saint spirit" is relatively easy, the flight of the rarest lanner is true scoop a classified one to most fortunate. 

The path door to the ruins of an aqueduct, and subsequently to the ruins of the old one Will mount, city destroyed to cannonate from the French troops to the end of the ' 700. The old city rises on a spur of tufo and dominates to all the surrounding zone. From the ruins probably the best one is had seen on all the territory of the Reservoir. Interesting the rests of the church of Saint Bonaventura and the palace of the Orsini-Altieri Around the ruins and in the pressed ones of the aqueduct can be met pigs to the state brado. Always to the state brado numerous the horses and the vacche. To the free state they live hedges and mysterious istrice, is by now too much diffused wild boar. After a right ristoratrice pause, the path comes down towards the Mignone river, between asphodels and shrubs of the most varied species. Between the spring and the summer it is easy to feel the back of the most colorful gruccione, nesting in the territory of Channel They will sure mount and the most spectacular representative of the Italian avifauna. It is arrived low therefore until to a bridge on the Mignone and svoltando on the left it is found again to us on the main road that filler to the parking.  

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ACTIVITY 'OF SCOUTING SUMMER CAMPS (automatic translation!)

Are proposed techniques normally used by scouts: a) it is also desirable that - together with the scouts - will also participate in a / to help the leader or the / the head of the unit (provided it is available to get involved actively in the activity), for a possible enhancement of the asset as part of the regular programs of the unit; b) experimentally only 28.7 morning (pioneering) such activities will be reserved for Heads and Heads to Help, which will be proposed to organize it in the afternoon - with our assistance - for the Scouts.

Every activity can participate 25-30 scouts in total (of which no more than 15 of the same unit); only the observation of stars can participate up to 60 scouts, while no more than 15 scouts to the construction of ancient weapons and throwing spear .. The heads of scouting are happy to "cut" the meetings to measure the participants: the heads of Unit are invited to segnalarglielo - where appropriate - on time. The event is under the "gazebo" B.-P. Park (only for the observation of the stars, the appointment is on pratone near the pylon).

KITCHEN: from 17.30 to 21.00 approximately (dinner included). Notions are provided on the positioning of a spot fire and how to prevent fires, as well as provides the basics for a kitchen "trappeur". Will also be implemented some types of oven, which will be immediately used. Bring the flour and its ranks and cutlery.

EXPRESSION: from 16.00 to 19.00 over the duration of the evening fire. It 'an activity that led evening fire, also open to non-participating scouts. Are taught or enhanced expressive techniques (including mime, song, music, making masks, etc.). Bring musical instruments, if possible.

NATURE: 6.7, 11.7, 8.8 and 22.8 from 9.30 to 12.30; 23.7 from 16.00 to 19.00. Is made an exploratory tour of B.-P. Park, a discovery of its natural features therein (plants, birds, mammals, insects), providing insights for a better understanding of Creation. Bring binoculars if possible.

OBSERVATION OF THE STARS: from 21.30 to 23.00 hours. In the nights next to the "New Moon" is observed at the starry sky, while explains the various stars and constellations.

PIONEER: from 16.00 to 19.00. Starting from the basic elements for the construction field (nodes and ties) are made of buildings using other techniques: joints, use of "spigots", etc. In the course of each group of scouts realizes - among other things - a chair removable from the field, or other. Bring accepts and lanyards.

FIRST AID: from 9.30 to 12.30. During the activity - starting from '' a, b, c "of the first aid - you come to the artificial respiration, however, analyzing the allocation of a first aid kit. Bring individual package and / or first aid kit squadron or unit.

CONSTRUCTION OF ANCIENT WEAPONS AND THROWING ZAGAGLIA: from 9.30 to 12.30. Bring twine and a boxcutter to head

Topography and ORIENTATION: from 16.00 to 19.00. After an initial session on the topography and orientation, is held a contest to put into practice and test the knowledge gained. Bring - in addition to the book of hunting and a pen - a compass.

Proposals for activities and dates














First Aid










Observations of the stars


Constractions of the weapons and throwing zagaglia




Take place on Wednesday at 10.00: in Rome only 9.7; then in August - 13:20 - do not know if they are in Rome and Castel Gandolfo (there does not need a ticket for the hearing; we recommend the train from Bassano R. of 6.22 up to Valle Aurelia - 7.33 - Metro from there to Termini, where to take the train of 8.37 to Castel Gandolfo, with arrival at 9:17); tickets for the hearing - free - ranging asked by fax at No. 06.69885863, with confirmation at tel or 06.69884631 06.69883273 and then withdrawn - at the Bronze Door at St. Peter (right of the colonnade) - the previous Tuesday from 15.00 or at 20.00 on the morning of Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30.



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Travel with a bike on a railroad that not is

A little history The railway line Civitavecchia - Capranica - Orte, was opened to the traffic 28 October 1929. I use that of it has determined the construction is those goodses, and more just the transport than coal from the port of Civitavecchia to the steel mills of Cerni. In 1961, as a result of a landslide of light entity to the entrance of a gallery, the FS suspended the railway service on the draft Capranica - Civitavecchia, from then the line went progressively in ruin. In the half of years 80 they are begins the jobs to you for the restoration. These jobs have been suspended in 1994.

A feature of the line, between Civitavecchia and Mole of the Mignone

The bike on the train

If it is come from Rome it makes a circular travel using to gone the FM3 Rome Viterbo coming down to Oriolo with the bike and covering the road asphalted until the B.-p. Park for  spend the night (little km convine to leave late saturdays late evening and to return Sunday); the next day the entire distance in bici is covered: the base is abandoned and the road asphalted towards the Station of Capranica is covered; ended the way of illustrated continuation, it is returned with regional train FM5 from Civitavecchia for Rome. In Rome two linee(FM3 and FM5) are combined to the station of S.Pietro.
First foot thrusts

The departure from the station of Capranica (to progressive kilometric the 48+964 from Civitavecchia) is easy: it is begun nearly in reduction (or). After a short feature of provincial road, a passage to level on the Rome - Viterbo leads just to the center of the old line. After little meters date 3-10-94, that is the date of closing of the reconstruction yards is met of the large concrete blocks, bringing: such blocks serve to prevent to the vehicles the access to the sedime railway. Pedala nearly in plan: after a casello in ruin plate is arrived to the gallery of S. Donato (single Capranica side: next also the construction date is indicated, 1923), m.275 in curve.
In light climb the station of Barbarano - Veiano is caught up, km 41+691. Sottopassata be them Braccianese is begun to come down, meeting the gallery of S. (ico Quir...? The plate, solo Civitavecchia side, are damaged. According to other sources Palmerino is called), m.255 in curve, and that one of S.Petricone, or S. Pellegrino (plate single Civitavecchia side: there is still an of the lictor bundle on the top of the portale), m.150 in rectilinear.
Little beyond there is the station of Preserve of Barbarano, km 37+843 (more neighbor to the country of how much it is not that previous one).
Some obstacle

As soon as after the station, to the intersection with a provincial road, it must go around two protective walls. More ahead they are met of cancels, also these superskillful ones eventually raising the bicycle. Km the 34+245 it is reached the station of Blera, from where it is possible to make a shunting line for the country (than until the 1952 Bieda was called).
Continuing the reduction other walls must be exceeded, until catching up the station of Civitella Cesiums, km 30+593, with its wide large square to 3 railroads. It exceeds others to you cancels catches up the large square beside which the casello rose, transformed in stopped in the post-war period, of the Pools, km 27+682. The manufactured one has been demolished during the reconstruction jobs.
After the nth gate the center is used like carreggiabile road until the successive station: perhaps for this the gallery that meets (Caprareccia, m.276 in curve) does not have one typically railway section, being the vertical walls. Moreover the groove lacks centers them of drains, that it would render the traffic difficult to veicolare.
To km the 23+662, after to have left on the left manufactured of the substation the electrical worker of years 20, obviously never completed, it is reached the Roman Mount station, where the tank of the still bringing water for the locomotives camps the plate "Cav. And. Benini - Reinforced concretes - Forlì ".

IThe large square of the Roman Mount station: of manufactured the travellers you it remains little more than rudere

Fine of the reduction

Beyond the bridge in iron on the Mignone, reconstructed for to be compatible with the electric traction systems, the line begins to go up: exceeded a casello on the right one arrives to the gallery of the Mignone (plate, route, solo Civitavecchia side), of 111 meters to the origin, in curve, whose entrance Capranica side has been lengthened with a part to section quadrant. The bottom currently is covered of letame.
Little meters after the cold wind that it comes from the longer gallery of the line, that one of the Casalone is felt (plate single Civitavecchia side), m.1367 (to the origin) in rectilinear. The entrance Capranica side has been modified during reconstruction.

Portale of the Casalone gallery, the longest of the line with its 1,367 meters of extension.

The continuous climb, two cases are exceeded and the gallery of the Sour Water is caught up, m.88 in rectilinear. In the plan plans it originates them of years 20 is defined "artificial gallery"; on the right of the portale Civitavecchia side YEAR is remained an of the lictor bundle carved on marble white man (YOU).

The short gallery Sour Water, entire in rectilinear and of single 88 meters.

Little after there is the station of Allumiere, km 18+125, near which one of the logistic centers of the reconstruction yard was established.
Continuing to go up the gallery of the Melledra is found (plate single Civitavecchia side), m.409 (to the origin) in rectilinear, modified in the entrance Capranica side like the gallery of the Casalone.
More ahead, in proximity of the ruins of the city of Cencelle (constructed in the 854 from the inhabitants of Civitavecchia in order to escape to the incursions saracene), one is crossed artificial gallery to section quadrant realized during the recent jobs in substitution of a bridge.


Particular of manufactured the travellers of the station of Allumiere.

Far away the sea is looked at

The line begins to come down towards furrows of the Asco torrent, before which plate crosses the gallery of Centocelle (single Capranica side), m.402 (to the origin) in rectilinear; the entrance Civitavecchia side, in light curve, has been extended (was damaged from the landslide of 1961).
Far away, on the left, the lived one of Allumiere is looked at; passed the viadotto on the torrent, the line resumes to go up towards the gallery of the Asco (plate single Capranica side), m.203 in curve. On the portale Civitavecchia side there is still the plate that remembers the work: "Italian TheElettro-Ferroviaria Society Constructed MCMXXII - MCMXXVIII". Also in the name of the constructor it remains a trace of that electrification that not never has been.


The bridge in iron on the Mignone torrent.

Little meters after are to the station of Size of the Mignone, km 11+398, where the reconstruction jobs finish. Between this station and that successive of Aurelia center it is covered from the vegetation for long features; in others the tracks, deformed in many points are still visible.
To the end of the reconstructed feature, a path on the right knows them until to a sterrata road (gate in iron thread) that it leads to a wider tree-lined road and in asphalted part, in bottom to which the Aurelia in the point is caught up of connects with the A12 towards Rome.
With a little attention one covers be them until the borgata one of Aurelia (where there is the station, km 6+007) and then until Civitavecchia. Continuing always straight it is arrived to the station.

Times of distance:
They have left from Capranica towards the 10, and I have resumed the train to Civitavecchia to the 16, even if but me they are taken comfortable, they have had to me to stop for approximately half hour because of a perforation and then has been an other half hour (at least) to rest to Aurelia and on the bridge of the near railroad Flake to me. Therefore the time can be estimated in 4h30 - 5h clean. The heavier feature - perhaps always why I is not trained he has seemed that street one on the Aurelia between the graft of the A12 and Civitavecchia (in fact are street slopes here, much advanced to those railway principles).


The sedime railway it is of property FS: often trusts are found that they prohibit the access to who is not authorized. Right Precisazione...
In some features are met of the walls that block the railway center completely, to protection of the same one: they can moreover be exceeded on condition that the bicycle is easy maneuverable and/or sollevabile. Therefore it is the case to make attention not to load means excessive, or at least to place the material in fastly removable bags.
In the galleries... it is buio! A main torch and one of reservoir to head would have to be enough, if a fanale fog light modified with relative battery from burglar alarm is not wanted to be mounted (I has made it, and not hung too much). In gallery there is the cunetta centers covered them from heavy piastroni of concrete: they can seem a comfortable tracing, but in nearly all the galleries some are unconnected and therefore in truth they represent a danger.
Surer E' to pass to sides even if the bottom is less flowing.
I have found water to Blera, neighbor to the station, and then more nothing until to Aurelia: it convene to carry itself of the supplyes. For eventual ciclistiche requirements..., in the country of Blera, hardly after the spectacular bridge, a store (or more better a bottega with walls of tufo is) where they can be made to repair the bicycles and to buy reciprocations (is well to make attention the opening timetable, even if we are in country and the rules are not considered in rigid way).

the text and the photos are of of Marco Rossetti. The first photo is of Luigi


Around to the park: (automatic translation!)

What is from discovering around to the park



The railroad that not there
with a bicycle the abandoned railroad "Capranica - Civitavecchia", from the B.-p. Park to the sea




The park of the ruins of Monterano, ancient and noble country abandoned all to aim of the ' 700, center of the natural park.





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