The path can be accessed from several different points and can be crossed in every direction and in any part, although its starting point is within the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve. This protected area is almost 3,000 hectares wide and has several different habitats that, from over 700 metres a.s.l., gently slope down to a large hilly expanse with limestone and clay, crossed by several creeks that flow in the Paglia river.
The nature reserve is equipped with several itineraries that differ for difficulty and length, along which stand old farmhouses now used as rural accommodations or documentation centres.
The Museum of the Flowers illustrates the naturalistic aspects of the area where, along with a great variety of plants and animals there are over forty spontaneous species of orchids.
In the valley, the route crosses the Paglia river by means of a bridge built by pope Gregory XIII in 1580. We then face an impressive volcanic plateau, which mainly consists of the lava erupted by the Volsino range.

We are entering the territory of Proceno that, according to tradition, was founded by the Etruscan Porsenna, king of Chiusi and Volsinii, sworn enemy of Rome.
The old town centre is dominated by a massive fortress, with three quadrangular embattled towers connected by tall walls. It was built by pope Gregory V in 997 and then restored many times until now. The Sforza Palace, an interesting example of Renaissance architecture, was built by order of cardinal Guido Ascanio in 1537. Right outside the village stands the church of S.Martino, a Gothic building with remarkable 14th-century frescoes by the Sienese school.
Also the parish church of Ss. Salvatore had a Gothic structure and was partially re-built after the earthquake in 1919, while the small rural church of Madonna del Giglio dates back to the XVI century and features frescoes attributed to the Zuccari school.

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