Sarzana, Montemarcello, Lerici, San Terenzo, Arcola

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Sarzana, Montemarcello, Lerici, San Terenzo, Arcola is a 52.6 kilometer loop trail located near Sarzana, Liguria, Italy and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and mountain biking.

Distance: 52.6 km Elevation Gain: 981 m Route Type: Loop

mountain biking

nature trips

Cycling: 98% - 86% asphalt, 12% dirt road and 2% steps Water along the route: SI - Lerici - Arcola How to get there: from the E80 motorway exit at the Sarzana tollbooth. At the roundabout continue straight on taking the Aurelia variant and passing in the commercial area. At the next roundabout we turn left following the road signs for Aulla - Parma and taking the SS62. At the intersection with via Dante Alighieri, turn right and continue towards the Hospital and Stadium, following it all the way. At the intersection, turn left, pass the Calcandola stream, continue along Via Cisa for about 130 meters and turn right onto Via Cisa (Traversa) Civ. 1-17. At the first intersection, turn right and at the end of the street there is parking. Leave the car in the parking lot and start pedaling along the Calcandola stream, which will be on your left, to take you back to via Cisa. Turn left, cross the bridge and continue straight on passing Porta Parma. Take via Bertoloni, paved, and reach Piazza Matteotti where the monument to Dante Alighieri is located. It is the only certain place (with the episcopal palace of Castelnuovo Magra, theater of the peace treaty) of the presence of Dante in the entire biography of the exile. Continue on via Mazzini and arrive in front of the church dedicated to S. Andrea (X-XI century). The Romanesque church has a sixteenth-century portal on its façade, an eight-pointed shield, the emblem of Sarzana, and a mullioned window relevant to the ancient parish. Inside there are marble sculptures from the 14th and 15th centuries, depicting the patron saint of Sarzana, Sant'Andrea, and Saints Peter and Paul, a decagonal baptismal font with a marble base by Giovanni Morelli da Carrara, and a Vocation of Saints James and Giovanni Battista del Fiasella. On the left altar you will see the venerated miraculous image of the Madonna delle Grazie. Continue straight on to the Romanesque-Gothic cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta (XIII century) which has an ogival portal and a very fine rose window on the forehead. Inside there are two marble altarpieces by Leonardo Riccomanni di Pietrasanta (15th century), eighteenth-century paintings and the so-called Cross by Maestro Guglielmo, a table by a Tuscan artist dated 1138. The coffered ceiling is remarkable. Near the church, on the right side, stands the octagonal-shaped Oratory of San Girolamo (XVIII century), with the elliptical dome entirely frescoed, seat of the Brotherhood of the Precious Blood. Continue on via Mazzini and after a while stop in piazza Garibaldi where Carlo Genio's Genie della Stirpe is located. The statue depicts a giant with shield on which stands the profile of Garibaldi and was made from a single block of white Carrara marble. Continue on Via Mazzini, pass Porta Romana, turn right, and stop in front of Villa Carpena, situated above the Torrione Testaforte. Cross the road and take the bike path that matches the Via Francigena (Eurovelo 5) heading towards Luni. Go under the railway tracks, take via Mazzincollo, go past the SS1 - Variante Aurelia and continue straight to the intersection with via Silea where you turn left. Cycle on this small road, pass under the highway and continue parallel to it until you turn left to pass under it again. Take a stretch of dirt cart road on the right and continue until we enter via XXV Aprile where, at the junction with via Alta, you turn right. At the intersection with the SP432, turn right, pass the bridge over the Magra river and at the first intersection turn left following the road signs for Bocca di Magra and Montemarcello. After a while the climb begins and as you gain altitude you enjoy the beautiful panoramic views towards Bocca di Magra, the coast of Marina di Massa and the snow-capped Apuan Alps. Once at the gates of Montemarcello, turn left and go to a beautiful vantage point near the ruins of Forte Chiodo. From the beginning of the ascent of Bocca di Magra to here you have covered 4.3 km overcoming a gradient of 276 meters with an average gradient of 6.3%. After the photos, go to the fort that hosts an exhibition dedicated to cycling, enriched by the various original "pink sweaters" of the Giro d'Italia, autographed by various champions such as Ivan Basso and Laurent Fignon. There are also the jerseys of the world cup winners and a historical archive on cycling with newspaper articles from 1901 to today, bound in neat binders. After the visit, you will continue on the loop.

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