This beautiful stage follows the northern skyline and links the pretty towns of Popoli and Raiano. The path to the remote village of San Benedetto in Perillis is a joy – one of the finest stretches of the Ring. Though almost the longest stage, it is relatively low with steady ascents and never ventures above the trees – a welcome contrast after two days in the Morrone! Along the way, too, is the small town of Vittorito – a centre of wine making in this, the northern end of the Valley, preferred by commercial growers.

Distance 26.3km
Total Ascent / Descent 1,415m / 1,272m
High Point 1,219m – On the Monte Mentino ridge
Walking Time 8 hours
Difficulty Hard, but due only to the length. The going underfoot is medium.

Stage 3

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