Today I climbed out of the valley I’d been following for two days across a range into another valley.

As it was a reasonably long walk at 22km with 670m of climbing, I made an early start at 7am. There was a steady ascent for the first 6km but the day hadn’t heated up yet making it a bit easier.

Up at around 1,000m was an Roman arch in the middle of nowhere. This was in ancient times a customs post.

Arco di Trevi.

Eventually I reached the town of Guarcino. There I met an eccentric artist who had walked this Cammino and had a stamp for my credenziale .

You can’t see the two dogs in this image!

I’m starting to see a lot more olive trees. In other areas of Italy, huge numbers of trees have been rooted out due to a bacterial disease, devestating the industry.

Imagine the work constructing all those brick walks.

I passed through another severe looking little town with a complete set of walls with 5 gates and 25 towers.

It was only a few kilometres from here to my final destination of Collepardo . Here I was staying in a B&B located in an elegant old house.

Tomorrow is another challenging day, although a much lower maximum of 29 is forecast , as I head towards Casamari where I’ll be staying with the monks.