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Stage 9° Citta di Castello-Pietralunga

CITTA’ DI CASTELLO – PIETRALUNGA (30 km)

Leave the refuge, pass the roundabout and, after 800 m, at the fork, turn right and, after 400 m, turn left. Pass in front of a block of flats and cross a little wooden bridge, reaching the cemetery. Turn left and, after 200 m, the Regional Signs of the Franciscan path start. Please, note that the Cammino of Assisi generally follows this route but, sometimes, changes have been made, to take into account the spirit of a “pilgrimage”. The changes are indicated with the classical green arrows. Moreover, along the path, there are other signs (yellow Taus) supplementing the Regional ones.
So, from this point on, a detailed description of later stages is not necessary.

After 1.5 km, the gravel path leads up to the asphalt road on the right. After 1.5 km pass through Sacro Cuore (alt. 400 m) and the path becomes a dirt track. After 500 m find a ruin, then a small lake and later on an inhabited house. After 200 m, keep left at the fork, go on for 600 m till the asphalt route. Turn left, walk along the provincial road for 2 km; then turn on a dirt track which, after 2.45 km, leads the asphalt road; turn right. Soon after the fork of Candeggio, find the indication to Pigino: turn right and, after 300 m, take the path on the left 350 m long which enters on the road again. Now you are on the old road of Pieve Saddi which goes to Pietralunga. (*) After 21 km from the departure, arrive at Pieve di Saddi (closed, but there is a fountain for drinking and you can have a rest). Continue along the same road and, after 2 hrs 30 mins (8 km), arrive at a large junction near the entrance of the town: turn right, walk for 1.2 km, go up the steps, turn left and, after 100 m, turn right. After 100 m you are in the centre of Pietralunga.

Walking time: 8 hrs – 9 hrs.

(*) In case you run out of drinking water, you can shorten the journey at Ca’ del Riccio, turning left (dirt track) to Cuiana, 1 km before Pieve dei Saddi. The carriage road leads on the old road to Pietralunga again. You can save 1 km of walking and avoid a little bit of gradient.

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