Between km 4 and 5, we pass downstream of the embankment that defines the artificial lake and is where the crops of the valley take water. On our right, the Salica stream flows, along which the remains of centuries-old water mills can still be seen.
Be careful to follow the track exactly: at km 5.5 it bends to the right slightly abruptly. At km 9, the high cork trees that line the road give a glimpse of the medieval village of Batignano on a hill just north of Roselle, a strategic position for the exploitation of the copper and silver of the area. Within its walls, the village holds the Romanesque parish church of San Martino, inside of which traces of frescoes from the Sienese school are visible. You'll also find the Church of the Confraternity of San Giuseppe in Baroque style. In the final part of the charming Via di Mezzo, there's a three-arched loggia built from reused Roman columns and capitals.
From via della circonvallazione, you can enjoy a spectacular view of the archaeological area of Roselle nestled between the mound of Moscona on the left and Nomadelfia on the right.
Back in the saddle, we freewheel down the SP Batignanese until we find the E78 underpass at km 14. We then turn left onto the Strada dei Ruderi. After a few hundred meters, we come across the new Visitor Center. A little further on, we find the first evidence of the Etruscan civilization on the left hand side, anticipating the large archaeological area which lies ahead once we have covered a short but intense climb over the last 600 meters. Purchase your ticket at the service center and enjoy your visit of the site.
The way back will not be tiring, just let the wheels glide the 6 km that separates us from the Terme Leopoldine di Roselle, our starting and ending point, taking care not to go too fast on the initial descent, where there are some bumps along the road surface.