104 Route li. LA MUCCIA.
Another voad leads from S. Severino to the N. by Matelica (11 M.) to
Fabriano (25 M.), see p. 102.]
The Roman road leads from Tolentino on the left bank of the Chienti,
through a pleasant district and numerous plantations of oaks, to Belforte,
the post-stations Valcimara and Ponte della Trove, and (18'/2 M. from To¬
47 M. La Muccia (Leone), the usual halting-place of the vetturini. The
mountain slopes are studded with small villages on both sides. At Gelagno
the road begins to ascend, the district becomes barren and bleak (the vet¬
turini here procure the aid of oxen). The passage of the Apennines from La
Muccia to Foligno occupies about 6 hrs. by carriage. Serravalle lies in a
narrow ravine; above it rise the ruins of an old castle. I1/2 M. farther are
the sources of the Chienti (p. 103). The road now ascends to the grassy
table-land of Colfiorito (Locanda di Konelli), 2903 ft. above the sea-level,
skirts a small lake, traverses a grove of oaks, and descends somewhat abruptly
by Case Nuove and Pate to Foligno. Above Pale towers the lofty Sasso di
Pale, one of the last spurs of the Apennines. In descending, the road affords
a beautiful "view of Foligno and the charming valley of the Clitunno. The
road follows the course of the hronk, and '/'^ M. from Foligno reaches the
Via Flaminia (p. 93).
75 M. Foligno, see p. 75.