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Southern Apennines

The tenth stage goes from Cassino to Benevento. This stage opens with a train connection to reach the quietness of Southern Latium countryside and will touch charming towns like Palestrina, ancient Preneste, dominated by the Temple of Fortune, and Fiuggi, whose termal waters became famous in the Middle Ages after pope Bonifacio VIII started to drink it.

 A fascinating cycle path, over 20 km long, a former railway, will smoothly lead the cyclist in the climb from Paliano to Fiuggi, offering spectacular landscapes. EV5 continues to Cassino and Benevento along secondary roads, crossing the hills and countryside of Southern Apennines, discovering also natural heritage like the Reserve of Lake Canterno, Falvaterra caves, and the lake of San Giovanni Incarico, before reaching Cassino. An optional steep climb to the famous Abbey of Montecassino will reward also for the panoramic view on the surroundings.

  • Ponte Collepiano: Abbazia di S Anastasia

    Already in Roman times, Ponte Collepiano was a renowned center for oenological companies ( such as the wood industry or the oil production). The city has its name from the presence of an imposing stone bridge "pont ponty lapideum" on which it passes Via Latina connecting Rome with Benevento. In the Middle Ages Longobard Prince Pandolfo Capodiferro donated it together with the Monastery of St. Anastasia to the Abbot of the Monastery of St. Wolf and Zosimo in Benevento.

  • Alife: Cathedral of Santi Assunta and Sisto, with Romanesque crypt

    First built in 1132, the cathedral of Alife was formerly dedicated to Pope Sixtus II, later Saint Sixtus, the patron saint of the city. After some severe earthquakes in 1456 and 1688, the cathedral was largely rebuilt in Baroque style, and reopened in 1692. The interior has however maintained noteworthy elements of the Lombard-Norman building, including two arcades decorated with sculptures of animals (including the elephant, heraldic symbol of the city established by the d'Aquino family, who ruled Alife from 1121 to 1269) and saints.

  • Santa Maria della Strada

    The abbey Santa Maria della Strada is located in the commune of Matrice, in the municipality of Campobasso. The date of the construction of the abbey is unknown, but it was consecrated in August 1148, by Pietro II, Archbishop of Benevento. The similarly named Santa Maria de Strata appears in a register of the Abbey's possessions, but it is believed that this refers to a separate monastery in the vicinity of San Germano.

  • San Salvatore Telesino: Abbazia Benedettina di S Salvatore

    The millennial history of the Abbazia Benedittina di S Salvatore, allows us to get to know more about the interesting and often little-known political and religious history of southern Italy.The history of the abbey connotes the first half of the second millennium of the historical path of the Valle Telesina. The structural layout of the Benedictine monetary has the peculiar characteristics of conventual architecture of the Norman era, generally religious structures existed on previous settlements of Roman times. As the Archaeological excavations of 1991 and 2007 reveal, the abbey might have been erected on the remains of an old villa.

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