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“Awesome walking to be had”

Monterano Natural Preserve
Ranked #2 of 28 things to do in Bracciano
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

The ruins are definitely the big attraction of the area, however the reserve itself should be given the attention it deserves, there is excellent walking to be had amongst the many trails, visiting creeks and etruscan tombs along the way. we saw nobody in the time we were there.

Thank JnVSydney
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

I spent a morning exploring these ruins and walking through the nature surrounding it and I must say it was glorious. I was not expecting much when I first arrived but I very much enjoyed my visit and if you are passing by well worth a visit.

Thank Giovanna1988
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Reviewed 1 November 2015

The area around the abandoned town of Antica Monterano is an amazing area to explore. To make your visit easy, type "Antica Monterano" into Google Maps and the pin lands on the main dirt road. Use satellite view. The church ruins are to the left of the pin. The town ruins are up and to the right of the pin at the end of the road, and the aqueduct is the horizontal line to the right of the town ruins. Follow the dirt road down from the pin and to the right and it also passes by the aqueduct (a trail goes under the left arch of the aqueduct up to the town ruins) and the road continues up and to the right to a parking lot that is obvious on the map.
To get to a second parking lot and the sulphur pond, follow a trail on the bottom (south) side of the dirt road- that trail begins a little to the right of the aqueduct and goes straight right (east) to the open area on a second dirt road. The sulphur pond is in this open area on the north side of the road. There is a shallow cave on the south side of the open area. Follow this dirt road right (east) and you'll see a second parking lot just before the road splits and becomes paved instead of dirt. This is the lot I parked in and you can see the lot on Google Street View, and you can get directions to it by placing a pin on it as your destination. Instead of walking from this lot to the sulphur pond on the dirt road, you can take the stairs on the south side of the dirt road near the lot to the base of a waterfall and continue west on a trail that goes alongside the road and connects back to the dirt road at the open area that has the cave and sulphur pond (if you approach from the open area, walk across the rocks beside the cave to find the trail).
When we were there on May 1, Labor Day, there were hundreds of people eating on tables near the church ruins. We bought drinks and pie slices from locals who brought food for the celebration. I loved exploring this area and recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure and a couple hours to spare.

4  Thank Somuch2enjoy
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Reviewed 2 September 2015

if around Manziana or Tolfa, Canale Monterano is worth the visit. Make sure it is a sunny and dry day as it might get a bit muddy if raining,

Thank Romanbiker
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

Beautifully preserved historical area highly recommended! Loved the old original ruins of Monterano including the aqueduct from old Roman days!

Thank Hillary P
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