Cycling in Vibrata Valley

At the scenic border between Marche and Abruzzo

The path in the valley that connects Teramo to Ascoli Piceno is very demanding in terms of time and energies, but it’s rewarding for the splendid panoramic views. Moreover it gives the chance to travel in contact with the human history that filled this territory with works of different ages, an expression of the technological level and the economical needs of certain period in history. It isn’t rare to meet photovoltaic fields and old farmsteads, abandoned manors and century-old olive groves.
Nature itself offers great treasures to the travelers, like the Gorges of Salinello and the surrounding majestic mountains.

Technical description:
A long and very demanding path (140 km), suitable for experts. It goes through a mixed territory, between flat, hills and plateaus.

The start is from the beach resort of Martinsicuro in Abruzzo, in the border between Marche and Abruzzo. After a riding on the “Adriatica” cycle path that runs along the sea, you go towards the inland, up to Sant’Omero.
Going towards south-west a hill stretch begins up to Cesenà and then Campli. At that point  there are the uplands of the north-east side of Laga mountains, with a constant climb (30 kilometers) that leads up to 1200 meters between Macchia del Sole and Settecerri. A little descend towards Cerquito and then up again (10 kilometers) on the slope that takes to San Giacomo.

The way back slong Vibrata Valley passes through a descend towards Civitella del Tronto and along the state road up to Sant’Omero.
The way back goes north towards the farming town of Corropoli first and then you go through the valley up to the little climb that leads to Tortoreto. The sea of Martinsicuro is few kilometers from there.   

Le gole del fiume Salinello Piazza di Corropoli Panoramica di Civitella del Tronto I tetti della cittadina di Campli Vista panoramica del lungomare di Alba Adriatica Pista ciclabile Adriatica I resti di Castel Manfrino Torre storica di Martinsicuro Via del centro storico di Tortoreto alta

Points of interest




Technical data

City of departure: Martinsicuro

Departure: Martinsicuro

City of arrival: Martinsicuro

Arrival: Martinsicuro

Length (Km): 140


Discipline: Mixed

Type of Itinerary: Full day

Difference in height (m): 2500

Difference in downhill (m): 2500

Highest point (m): 1189

Lowest point (m): 0

Duration (h.): 10

Cycling: 95