Pian di Nese – Monte Acuto

Starting point: Pian di Nese
Time required: 02:50 h
Length: 11.26 km
Degree of difficulty: medium

You start out from Pian di Nese, which can be reached either from San Giovanni del Pantano or from Umbertide. You begin climbing through an area of abandoned fields, colonised by Spanish broom, cistus and juniper. At certain points, this scrubland gives way to small wooded areas. You are immediately aware of the hilly and mountainous character of the landscape, with the peak of Monte Acuto directly in front of you, the north side of Monte Tezio behind you and, to the left, the Cresta della Fornace and Colle Campana.

This rough, rocky trail takes you to an unpaved road. You turn right here towards Umbertide, following a level road that enters a wooded area. This brings you out onto a natural terrace in the hamlet of Galera, where there are several lovely farmhouses overlooking a delightful landscape. From this vantage point, you can see the cultivated plains of the Tiber around Umbertide, the contours of the surrounding hills and, off in the distance, the Apennines. You bear left along a dirt track halfway up the hillside, cutting across the east side of Monte Acuto. At intervals along the way, you will see some beautifully restored farmhouses.

You continue as far as the built-up area of Montacuto and follow the signs indicating an uphill track that enters a heavily wooded area of oaks, hornbeams, manna ashes and holm oaks. Along this part of the route, you need to pay careful attention to the signs and follow the main section of the track, which is barely visible at some points. You come to an open glade, where a collection of stones bear witness to the presence of an ancient castle or fortification. It is advisable to stop briefly before the last steep climb, which takes you first through a pine forest and then out into the high pastures, bringing you in sight of the Cross of Monte Acuto. Cattle graze near the summit and the observation point here gives you a 360-degree view of at least half of Umbria, with a breath-taking panorama of the Apennines. You descend on the Perugia side, along a winding, stony track, exposed to the sun. This eventually takes you back to your starting point. In the last section, you will be retracing part of the route you took at the beginning of the walk.
The total length of this itinerary is 11.260 km.