The itinerary starts from the fortified village: from Montefiore Conca there are several trails that you can follow by riding a mountain bike or on foot through the magnificent countryside of the average Conca Valley, going up to the hills and mountains that embrace the territory of the Rimini hinterland, from Monte Auro to Monte Maggiore up to Monte Faggeto.
You can choose from many available trails curated by CAI, such as the one that connects Montefiore and Montefaggeto following routes 019, 021 and 043. It starts from the parking lot under the walls of the town. The route winds for 9 km along via campestri and offers views of olive groves and wheat fields from which you can also see the sea.
Here and there you can see ancient rural settlements where time seems to have stopped and proceed at a different pace than life downstream. Continue following the directions provided by the CAI to reach San Felice.
From San Felice depart white roads that connect several farmhouses and cross grassy expanses until you reach Case Fonti.
When the first chestnuts appear it means that you have arrived at Monte Maggiore. Pass the houses of Serra di Sopra to reach the heart of Monte Faggeto between querci and elms. From here there is a double panorama: on one side the valley of the Rio Sedano, on the other the Valley of the Ventena. Visible, just below you, the church of Serbadone. Try to arrive at sunset when the light makes the landscape magical by coloring the fortress of Montefiore with Monte Auro behind it.
The route continues through the chestnut grove of Monte Faggeto to take a white road that goes up the side of the mountain and finally reach the paved road that closes the loop path.
Back in Montefiore Conca, take the opportunity to visit the village with the towering Rocca Malatestiana, the fourteenth-century church of San Paolo with a magnificent Gothic portal and the very small church of the Hospital built in 1461. Just outside the village there is the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Bonora, an important place of worship in the area, full of ex-votos dedicated to an icon of the Madonna who breastfeeds from the fifteenth century.
Just drive for half anhour to reach the Onferno Caves from the center of Montefiore. It is a system of karst caves that houses the largest colony of bats in the entire region, more than 8000 specimens divided into seven species.
The caves are located in the municipality of Gemmano and are part of a protected area of 274 hectares. The natural beauty of this place, with lush vegetation and rich wildlife, including some rare species, is preserved along with its geological peculiarities such as gullies and plaster outcrops.
The guided tour starts from an altitude of 300 meters and dives into the woods along a path that reaches an altitude of 196 meters from which you enter the underground canyon to admire spectacular and unique environments: gypsum crystals that sparkle,walls shaped by the flow of water, limestone concretions and ceilings that look like lace. The Sala Quarina, or Sala dei Mammelloni, is the most amazing because of the large plaster protrusions that protrude from the top and are considered among the largest in Europe. At the end of the visit it is worth taking a tour of the Botanical Garden and the Naturalistic Museum. Admission is free.
Three paths to extend the trip
Do you want to extend the trip with a few more days to dedicate to excursions in the surroundings? We recommend three, all easily accessible from Montefiore Conca, where you can stop by motorhome to rest between excursions:
- Path 019 from Lake Faetano to Montefiore Conca;
- Path 037 from the mouth of the Conca stream to Molino del Cerro;
- The path 019/09 from Mondaino to the Castle of Cerreto.