The valley of Ete Vivo: the sea and the countryside

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The valley of Ete Vivo through an easy cyclo-touristic itinerary. From the sea of Porto San Giorgio to the hills of Servigliano and then to the sea again. In the middle a lot of hills, fields, typical villages, the ever-present Sibillini scenery, the urban segment of Fermo. Never hard climbs that let you enjoy the view cycling.



Summary table
Length 70,2 km
Estimated elevation gain    what’s that? 1070 m
Min elevation 9 m
Max elevation 317 m
Max slope 10%
Distance table  table
GPX track      tutorial download
Main climbs  
Camera di Fermo  altimetry
Ponzano   altimetry
Monte Giberto  altimetry
Montone di Fermo altimetry

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Departure from Marina Palmense, in front of the Church of Santa Maria a Mare, at the Fermo-Porto San Giorgio tollbooth. The traffic chaos ends immediately, because we turn right and take a beautiful country road that runs along the Ete Vivo river. The first kilometers are practically flat and we can warm up our legs well before the climb.

After about 3 kilometers we start to climb, when we leave Ete Vivo on our right. The slope is always sweet and we don’t have much difficulty while the view widens on the valley on our right. Along this road on Sunday mornings it’s not uncommon to meet the actors of a traditional sport: the rutola, or ruzzola . The traffic is almost absent. A couple of farms, some barking dogs, a green pond on the right. Some curves and then the wonderful view of the plowed fields and the olive trees. At the pass of San Ansovino the landscape of the endless hills with Sibillini that timidly appear in the background. altimetria-salita-camera-di-fermo-psg

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At the pass of San Ansovino the view widens on the hills

We descend towards Ete Vivo, which we will cross many times today. The passage to the county of Sacri Cuori, with its beautiful Church is pleasant. A stretch of about 3 kilometers on the valley bottom, which requires the utmost attention to cars, takes us to the bridge of Ete Caldarette, where the second ascent of the day begins.

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The Church of Sacri Cuori descending towards Ete Vivo

The ascent to Ponzano is a relaxing and wonderful ride. In the first section, the trees are often thick enough to completely cover the roadway. In Autumn, with the first slanting sun rays, spectacular light effects are created. Then you open the view on the valley to the left with the small village of Torchiaro, which sometimes seems to emerge from the morning fog. Even here the slopes are gentle, with a pair of 8% ramps. Suddenly appears Ponzano, with Mount Vettore in the background, who seems to observe the small village in a protective way. altimetria salita ponzano ete

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The colors of Autumn along the road to Ponzano

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The small village of Torchiaro seems to emerge from the morning fog

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Ponzano di Fermo, Mount Vettore in the background

We enter the village. The inevitable fountain is on the right. A short descent takes us to the beautiful Romanesque church of San Marco, where the evocative croak of ravens reigns around the bell tower.

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Getting into the village of Ponzano di Fermo

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At the Church of San Marco we start climbing up to Monte Giberto

We are still starting to climb. We do not struggle a lot, except for a small 10% ramp that makes itself felt. Now the trees are few and on the left we see the skyline of Moregnano. A couple of kilometers and we arrive at the village of Monte Giberto, where all the cyclists stop to fill the water bottle at the comfortable fountain on the left. At the end of the village the Sibillini Mountains appear in all their splendor and their grandeur. It’s hard not to stop and take a picture. The descent to Ete Vivo is beautiful, fast and relaxing. It is only necessary to pay attention at the last bend on the left, where the asphalt is a bit uneven.


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Arriving at Monte Giberto

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Sibillini Mountains from Monte Giberto. It’s easy to understand why we call them Monti azzurri (Blue Mountains)

We cross the bridge and turn left. We find a stretch of road that runs along the Ete Vivo for almost 8 kilometers. This segment is flat, with several 7-8% ramps. The valley is small and beautiful. The morning light can not reach the bottom of the valley, while the slopes of the hills are already illuminated. The road sometimes seems a tunnel with the trees that cover it entirely. Around you there are no villages, but only hills and countryside with some houses.


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The first rays of the sun light the hills of the valley of Ete Vivo

A quiet climb of 3 kilometers and we reach Madonnetta di Servigliano. From here we travel along the ridge to Belmonte Piceno. This stretch could be much nicer if the road surface was decent. However we arrive at the beautiful village, where we find a couple of fountains and a spectacular view.


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The view of the hills coming up to Madonnetta di Servigliano

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The fountain under the walls of Belmonte Piceno

Now we ride a characteristic up and down road on the ridge up to Grottazzolina, overlooking the valley of Tenna on our left. We have also dealt with this stretch in The valley of Tenna and San Procolo Climb. Even here we cross the old town, then descend to Capparuccia, where the last effort of the day begins. We climb to Montone, a county of Fermo. Even here the slopes are gentle and we can enjoy the spectacle of the hills around us. At San Girolamo, Fermo appears on the horizon. After the GPM (highest point) the road becomes practically flat. We travel on the ridge and approach the hill of the provincial capital.





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The view of Fermo from the county of Montone

We enter the urban stretch. Paying attention we turn around the historical center and pass by the Fonti di San Francesco da Paola, where we can fill the bottle with fresh water. Here begins the long descent of Strada Castiglionese, which will take us back to the bottom of the Ete Vivo valley. The descent is fast, with the sea of Porto San Giorgio which is the background to the last hills. Here the traffic can be sustained and the attention must be maximum.


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The final descent into Ete Vivo and the sea of Porto San Giorgio

We reach Salvano. One last flat stretch of one and a half kilometers and we return to the starting point.

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