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Relive ‘ITA VRG 45 Campagna di Roma-La Storta’

Saturday 34° / 21 ° CSunday 38° / 22 ° CMonday 37° / 21 ° C
Place of Departure CAMPAGNANO DI ROMA
Place of Arrive LA STORTA
Length – KM
Nation of the route Italy
Region Lazio
Uphill Gap
Downhill Gap
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability  Foot
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The town is located on a hill of tuff rock, surrounded by natural ravines, hills that form the slopes of the Baccano Valley. After the defeat of the Etruscan city of Veii, the territory of CAMPAGNANO was the scene of clashes between the Etruscans and Romans. With the beginning of the third century BC the repopulation of the area began, which in 241 BC became part of the Roman territory. The imperial age saw a period of intense population growth and the town, in parallel to the renewed interest in northern Etruria and the Via Cassia. In the valley of Baccano, an ancient volcanic crater in the municipality of Campagnano di Roma, filled in ancient times as a swamp and then dried and reclaimed, near the Roman road the Mansio Vacanas, a post was built, for the repose of travelers and change horses, in fact, the Valley of Baccano was a halting place along the route of the Via Francigena or Romea a short distance from Rome, in particular the small village and the Osteria del Din corresponded to Bacane of Sigeric’s itinerary, cited precisely by the Archbishop of Canterbury as Submansio III.

Valle del Sorbo – Sorbo- the area is one of the most picturesque locations of the protected area. A few kilometers from the metropolis, in what was once the crater of the Sorbo, developed a valley that is home to extensive meadows, surrounded by mixed forests of oak and traversed by the Cremera River; in the Sorbo valley, the territorial Park is recognized as a Site of Communal Importance for the presence of  the peculiar tufaceous valleys of the Roman countryside, crossed by streams and fairly preserved and housing an interesting fauna.

FORMELLO– In the municipal area are attested human presences in prehistoric times (Valle Cancella, Terre di Bettona, the Prato La Corte). In historical times the area was part of the territory of the Etruscan city of Veii, which stood in the municipal area: here there is evidence of the long domination of the Etruscans with numerous artifacts, tombs and the so-called alphabet of Formello, a vase that was a valuable document for knowledge archaic Etruscan alphabet. After the Roman conquest of Veii in 396 BC, the territory became depopulating until the end of the seventh century when, in 780, Pope Hadrian I founded the Domus culta Capracorum, which was opposed to the territorial expansion of the Abbey of Farfa, a Lombard foundation. The center declined as a result of the Saracen invasions of the ninth century (Wikipedia).

We continue our walk and we arrive at Piazza del Comune,  we walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele and at the roundabout we turn left and take the SP10a that when we leave, in turn, turn left at the sports facilities; we keep rights of way of Maria Bona: we are walking along the edges of the Baccano Valley. Turn right on via Follettino, turn right on Via Roma, 250 m left on Via delle Piane that after 1.3 km takes us on Via delle Pastine and we are under Poggio dell’Ellera to our right; 600 m and we leave the Valley Baccano to enter the Valle del Sorbo: we are going through a really charming area that deserves all our respect and wonder to be come to us without excessive tampering. At the junction turn left into the Sorbo Road in 4 km leads us to Formello. We enter the town along the last stretch of the Sorbo Road after the confluence with the way of Porcineta via Monte Madonna before and after; at the crossroads we turn left and continue on Via Belloni, then via Umberto I °; we arrive at the Town Hall Square where we find a good hostel; we cross the entire historic center, turning left again, we arrive in Viale Regina Elena. We turn right, cross it and continue on Via del Rosciolo we leave after 500 m to continue on Strada Fontana Rutola which in turn we leave after another 700 m to turn left on a country lane that leads us 1.3 km, turn left again and, road of Pantanicci; We proceed for 200 m and arrive in via the Pietrarella Monte Aguzzo. At the first intersection, turn right and walk for 800 m via of Pietrara to the confluence with Via di Santa Cornelia, where we turn right, then left on Via della Selvotta; we overcome the Cassia Veientana or SS2bis, we cross to the park Selvotta 500 m, turn right and follow the road for another 500 m, then turn left and walk in this vast plateau for 800 m  after we turn immediately right and go down for 500 m getting to a new road (almost path) that follows the creek and the woods on the edge of the meadows for 1km, following the Crimera river when we get to another ford near the waterfall in Ponte Sodo. We wade and we continue for other 200 m, then up to 300 m and we come at Vicolo Formellese, passing a gate. We turn right for 200 m and near a bar, we turn left and we enter into a plateau that we cross for 700 m and so we arrive at the waterfall on the creek Cascata Mola on the Cremera creek that we overcome on a bridge and we return to rise slightly; after 400 m we are at Isola Farnese homes: we have gone through all the VEIO Archaeological Park. ISOLA FARNESE, The village, formerly the property of the Orsini family, situated in an isolated position, between the valley of the retort, and the valley of San Sebastiano, on a volcanic outcrop. This conformation earned him the name of Insula. In 1567, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese bought the village from the Orsini giving it the nickname of the Farnese family. Past the castle we continue on Via Isola Farnese to the confluence with SR2 or Cassia (attention to traffic) and we are at the end stage, that is, La Storta.

For the description of the route see the Guide of Simone Frignani end Download File PDF

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How to arrive

Roma-Ciampino airport (www. > shuttle from Ciampino to Termini FS Railway Station; Roma-Fiumicino airport (www. > shuttle from Fiumicino FS Railway Station to Termini FS Railway Station   BUS/LOCAL TRAIN – from Termini FS Railway Station to Campagnano (

Where to eat

TYPICAL DISHES = Wikipedia-Roman Cuisine      
Carrefour Via Regina Margherita,26 – 00060 FORMELLO      
Carrefour Via San Sebastiano, 21 – 00063 CAMPAGNANO      
Casa Per Ferie –  Nostra Signora Via Cassia 1826 – 00123 LA STORTA – ROMA 06-30890863

Where to sleep

Bike Service


Horseway Service

Azienda Agricola La Fattoria di Pacifico via Della Perazzeta, 2888 – 00060 FORMELLO – RM 06-9084393 / 340-6297491 / 340-7201255

Pilgrim Service

Pietro Labate – Authorized Guide Via delle Monache, 3 – 01100 VITERBO 349-4409855
Luggage Transport Via del Castro Pretorio, 32 –  ROMA 366-2676760

Photos from the Track

La Storta