Ascoli Piceno- Castel Trosino. Length: 7 km; easy.
Castel Trosino, a unique little village perched on a cliff of travertine marble, became a refuge for bandits who raided the villages of the valley during the war for the conquest of the Kingdom of Naples.
The village, with its distinctive stone houses, has only one access: a wooden gate.
Start out from the railway station of Ascoli Piceno and continue towards Valle Castellana. The climb starts at kilometre 2, go past the last houses, then go beyond the Palombare junction, under the overpass of the new Salaria and from here take the direction to the Castellana Valley.
There are a few awkward passages initially: the first one is under the bridge of the aqueduct and then the following two turns.
In the hamlet Lago the road becomes somewhat easier and to your right you can admire Castel Trosino perched up high and, behind, the hermitage of San Giorgio.
The steep inclines starts again at kilometre 5.9, and to the left you will get a glimpse of the peak of the Montagna dei Fiori.
About a kilometre from the arrival point you will see road signs for a necropolis (which should not be missed).
This takes you back to the start and now you are ready to visit this magical village where time seems to stand still.