4 friends, 4 pairs of walking shoes and a Saturday morning in December 2008, that’s how the story of the walking group started in Cupramontana. To this day they would travel nearly 5000 kilometers in and around the area of this Marchigian city. The tam tam worked efficiently and soon the group of friends grew. Who wanted to improve his condition, explore secret hiking trails or simply enjoy what companionship had to be with the “podisti”, as the walkers were soon called. Or with the matti or madmen of Cupra, because they had to be mad if they were at least 13 km every week, voluntary, regardless of the weather conditions.
The one-year existence of the podisti celebrated exuberantly in a pizzeria, as well as the 2nd year and the third and … meanwhile the pointer is already at almost 10 years joint exploration of the beautiful surroundings.
Was the non-committal character the secret for the success of the podisti? No membership fee or registration required, everyone turned out to be welcome.
Or was it Alberto who turned out to be the guide as born and raised Cuprenser with a knowledge of all forest paths and, country roads, that a GPS memory would never contain. Or were they simply the walks themselves, which, depending on the season, constantly surprised the walkers with the most beautiful scents and colors of hundreds of flowering orchids and peonies along the way? Walks that often lead to secret places with sometimes unexpected wine tastings at a local farmer or a surprising visit to a church that was normally closed to the public.
One thing is certain, next Saturday morning the podisti will leave at 8 o’clock on the campo boario again for a nice trip through the marchigian hilly landscape. Those who stay at home can always enjoy the website: http://www.castiglionidiarcevia.it/cupra