Discovering the Three Rivers

This itinerary is called “The Three Rivers” because it travels through a hydorgraphic system made up by the Tiber and two of its tributaries, the Cremera and the Treja. This itinerary is quite demanding from a physical point of view as it lasts for three days.
The journey starts from the horse-riding centre and unfolds in the discovery of the old Via Vejentana up to Isola Farnese, where a detour is made to visit the ruins of Veio, an Etruscan city which flourished between the 7th and 5th century B.C.. Here a number of valuable statues have been found, including the Apollo of Veio.
The main path then leads to the Sorbo Valley, and thus enters the area of the Cremera stream. Visitors can stay at the l’Associazione Sportiva Equestre Il Sorbo (equestrian sports club).
On the second day, the route leads to Mazzano Romano and follows the horse-path set out by the Park of Veio and the Park of the Treja Valley. This path follows old routes and part of the via Francigena, and helps to keep alive paths which would otherwise be lost, as well as to visit the parks in a more natural way.
Once Mazzano has been left behind, the next town which is reached is Calcata, a fine example of a fortified town with a circular plan, now home to many artists who help to give the town a unique atmosphere. The second stretch of this itinerary ends at the Centro Ippico Forre del Treja (horse-riding centre), which takes its name from the breath-taking gorges that are just as spectacular as the more famous American canyons.
We are now in the area of the Treja river and on the third day we reach its convergence with the Tiber. The path then leads to Ponzano Romano and reaches the natural oasis of Nazzano Romano.
The whole journey unfolds in the typical environment of the Roman countryside and thicket. Riders will pass great chestnut trees and strawberry tree shrubs, as well as poplar and cornel trees, alders and dogwoods. Fauna is rich both on the ground and in the sky: foxes and badgers, owls and sparrow-hawks, wild boars and porcupines. The river waters are rich too and with a bit of luck you can see herons too, which recently have taken to resting along the river banks.

For further information, contact:
This itinerary is organised by the Associazione Sportiva Equestre Il Sorbo (horse-riding centre), Strada delle Piane di Formello 5, 00063 Campagnano di Roma (RM).
Phone. 348/0657103 – 338/1967073 – 06/9077052.
E-mail: sorbo@interfree.it

This horse-riding centre is affiliated to FITETREC-ANTE, the Federation of Equine Tourism.

This centre keeps its horses in boxes or paddocks and has two sand working areas, and a covered training area. Riders can use two club houses, a swimming pool, volley-ball fields and a bocce course. The centre also offers hospitality to its guests.

Note:
Guido Continenza organises and leads this itinerary: he is an “explorer and discoverer” of forgotten paths. Guido Continenza is the life and soul of the Associazione Parchi a Cavallo (association for exploring parks on horseback) which carries out activities with Legambiente (an environmental NGO).

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Via Cassia