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Trekking TraversaMarche Second stage
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SECOND STAGE

from Pierosara to Serra San Quirico

Monte Murano
panorama dalla croce

The top point of the second stage of the TraversaMarche tour is the panoramic Monte Murano, which is also the maximum elevation of the entire route, with its 882 m, and offers a magnificent view in all directions.

The stage begins in Pierosara, a picturesque and charming village in the area of Frasassi, crosses a verdant and flowery territory, and ends in the characteristic village of Serra San Quirico.

The most trained walker will be able to join this stage with the next one, which leads to Cupramontana, thus totaling about 25 km.


Route

You start from Pierosara,

Lasciando Pierosara

take the road on the right of the small church,

Bivio dx

gradually moving away from the village,

Pierosara
dalla strada per Cerqueto

heading towards Cerqueto:

Entrando a Cerqueto

In Cerqueto you enter the village,

Bivio dx

cross it to the right,

Cerqueto

then turn sharply to the left, taking an easy path:

Bivio sx

You climb it, on a modest slope.

In spring the gorses form two wings of flowering and fragrant bushes:

Sul sentiero per Monte Murano
tra due ali di ginestre

You continue straight ahead at a first fork,

Bivio dritti

slightly right at the next one,

Bivio dx

then straight ahead:

Bivio dritti

Sometimes the view opens to the left, towards the north-west:

Panorama
dal sentiero per Monte Murano

You finally come out of the woods,

Sentiero per Monte Murano

getting shortly afterwards to a small road, which you take to the right:

Bivio dx

You follow it on a gentle slope, and with wide views:

In cammino
verso Monte Murano

Panorama
dal sentiero per Monte Murano

Panorama
dal sentiero per Monte Murano

Stradina verso Monte Murano

You pass a farmhouse,

Stradina verso Monte Murano

then a telecom tower, passing on the left,

Bivio sx

then you start to descend, and the view opens wider on the Vallesina:

Panorama
dalla strada per Monte Murano

You reach a building, the Agriturismo Monte Murano Country House (closed at the time when the author passed by it), and turn right,

Casale
e bivio dx

taking the path that goes up to Monte Murano:

Verso Monte Murano

Go up until you reach the wood,

Sulle pendici di Monte Murano

cross it,

Sulle pendici di Monte Murano
tratto nel bosco

and after a few steps you reach the cross:

Monte Murano
a due passi dalla croce

Croce di Monte Murano

The view from the cross on the Vallesina is incomparable, reaching the sea if the air is clear:

Monte Murano
panorama sulla Vallesina

Taking a few steps to the actual summit, the view extends all around:

Monte Murano
panorama verso l'appennino

Monte Murano
panorama collinare

Towards the south-west, the ridge of Monte Valmontagnana stands out, and Pierosara can be seen:

Monte Murano
panorama con Monte Valmontagnana e Pierosara

You retrace our steps to the Country House, then descend towards the north-east,

Scendendo per prati
verso Serra San Quirico

taking as reference the poles of the electric line:

Scendendo per prati
verso Serra San Quirico

Scendendo per prati
verso Serra San Quirico

You soon spot a trail, and follow it, diverging from the electric line,

Confluenza su traccia

until you reach the forest, and a more evident path:

Sentiero
verso Serra San Quirico

The path branches off in more points, and you can follow the wider variant (green track on the map), or take shortcuts:

Sentiero
verso Serra San Quirico

After loosing most of the altitude, you reach a small road, which you cross (or you come along it, in the easy variant, and you turn right), to take the path that goes to the north-east:

Incrocio dritti

You then pass beside a house,

Sentiero
verso Serra San Quirico

where you turn left, again along a path:

Sentiero
verso Serra San Quirico

Sentiero
verso Serra San Quirico

You reach the outskirts of Serra San Quirico, where you leave the path to turn left onto a small road:

Bivio sx

Strada
presso Serra San Quirico

You descend through the streets of the town, towards the historic center:

Serra San Quirico

You follow the walls to reach and take the small road that goes up towards the center:

Serra San Quirico

At the central square (under renovation at the time in which the author was passing), there is the Loggia Manin, a sort of porch, from where you can see a beautiful view:

Serra San Quirico
Panorama dalla Loggia Manin

A narrow staircase leads to the top of the village:

Serra San Quirico
scalinata verso la sommità del borgo

Serra San Quirico
vista dalla sommità del borgo

A walk along the Copertelle, an ancient porch set into the walls of the village, is a must:

Serra San Quirico
le Copertelle

Serra San Quirico
le Copertelle

Serra San Quirico
scendendo dalle Copertelle

Serra San Quirico
uscendo dalle Copertelle

The second stage ends in Serra San Quirico. The author does not suggest a specific place to stay overnight, but the village offers several possibilities.

gb, 2019-06-13

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