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Dear Explorers, this time we're going on showing you again the beauty and the colors of the Sabina countryside. WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE We will explore Monte Tancia, the Gemini Valley and the Tancia saddle, a mountainous territory that straddles the Sabina and the Reatino. The Tancia is the highest peak of the Sabine Mountains, with its 1292 m.s.l.m. from its top we will see a spectacular view of Terminillo, Sabina and the entire ridge of the Sabine Mountains. But we will also focus on the half-mountain basin, further down, furrowed by small rivers which then descend to wedge themselves into the Sabina hills, such as the Rio Galantina. Nearby, the rock sanctuary of San Michele Arcangelo, originally a cave, where the goddess Vacuna of the Sabines was venerated, reminds us of the antiquity of attendance, dating back to before the Romans. It is known that the latter, once absorbed the Sabine civilization, moved their settlement center further downstream, allocating these hills to deposits of natural resources, but in the Middle Ages, here, intense attendance returned, with the construction of 2 castles and the cultivation of these slopes. The area became a fundamental hinge between the Sabina and the Reatino. We retrace the paths in search of traces of the past and hidden natural treasures, such as the Devil's pools, a small system of waterfalls just downstream of the Galantina springs. Excursion details: difference in height: +/- 500 m difficulty level: medium/hight duration: 7 hours (with stops) lenght: round trip +/- 16 Km Trekking Guide: Lucio Graziano PROGRAMME OF THE DAY - 09.40: Meeting at Poggio Mirteto train station to go by our "navetta" (private cars!!!) to the starting point of the trekking (Strada provinciale Tancia, 6) - 10.30 : Starting the hiking of mount Tancia (Monte San Giovanni in Sabina) - 13.00 : Lunch time! - 16.00 : End of the hiking at Monte Tancia - 16.30: Back to the train station of Poggio Mirteto to take the train for going back home (Rome) IMPORTAN NOTICE - bring your own sandwiches for this day hike , and a ground cloth for the pic-nic:-) - bring also plenty of water for the entire day and snacks (dried fruit, chocolate, nuts etc) for short breaks during the walk - wear trekking shoes, a hut, and take a kway with you (in case of rain) - bring a camera!:-) COSTS AND DURATION The tour lasts the whole day. It costs 18€ and includes the natural guide for the trekking, and the shuttle service from Poggio Mirteto train station to the starting point, and back. Children under 12 years can come for free:-) HOW TO GET THERE The Sabina is very easy to reach by train using the Fiumicino - Fara in Sabina line. The train starts from Roma Ostiense station. TIMETIBLE: - Morning (to go) Departing time from Roma Ostiense: 8.31 Arriving time in Poggio Mirteto: 9.34 We'll wait for you at Poggio Mirteto train station, to go together to the beginning point of the trekking. - Evening (to come back) Departing time from Poggio Mirteto: 16.40 - 17.09 Arriving time to Rome Ostiense: 17.44- 18.14 We'll bring you back from the end of the trekking to Poggio Mirteto train station, to take the train to Rome.