Sibillini Mountains

The Monti Sibillini National Park, was established in 1993 to protect the incredible wildlife and natural scenery in this beautiful stretch of the Apennine Mountains to the South West of Le Marche.

The Sibillini Mountains are dissected by paths that take you along rivers, past stunning waterfalls and caves, through gorges and up the many peaks that include ten over 2000m. The National Park also has information centres where you can find out more about the area’s tracks and trails, flora and the fauna and abbeys and monasteries.

The parco nazionale Sibillini tourist website has a wealth of information on the area and the main events and places of interest. Alternatively, you can purchase the detailed topographical map of the area, great for Italy walking holidays and cycling holidays. Buy this online or at local Tabacchi when you arrive. We can arrange for a guide to take you to beautiful locations to take your own pictures (gallery click here) and if you are interested please let us know. A short video of the mountains featuring the photographs of Giorgio Tassi can be seen here. Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 22.40.08

The Monti Sibillini Parco nazionale includes ten mountains over 2,000m. These include include the highest Monte. Vettore (2,476m), home to glacial Lake Logo Pilato.

The main spine of the Eastern Apennine Sibillini Mountains has some impressive gorges, the sources of the main river valleys of the Aso, the Tenna, and the Ambro. Of these, the gorge Golla dell’ Infernaccio is extraordinarily beautiful. It is still home to Padre Pietro a Cappuccian monk who lives a hermit like existence rebuilding his church “San Leonardo” that sits on the original foundations of the first Cappuccian Priory.

One of the highlights of the area is Lake Fiastra Screen Shot 2014-03-24 at 22.40.08 with its acquamarine water, lovely beaches, rental boats, tavernas and pizzerias. Drive up above the town to the village of Fiastra for great views from the castle and the delicious food at Rifugio Il Trebbio. Also the gorge below the dam Gola del Fiastrone is impressive. Try to take the detour to Lame Rosse where you can visit red sandstone pinnacles that teeterabove you like something from the Arizona desert.

To the West is the enormous plateau of Castelluccio and the Piano Grande, above Sarnano near Sassotetto is the Piano di Ragnolo. Both are home to arrays of flora during the Spring and Summer months. There are 1,800 floral species in the Park, among which the Apenninic edelweiss, the yellow Alpine Pasque-flower, the moss campion, the martagon lily, the bearberry, and a number of orchids.

There are 50 species of mammals like the wolf, the porcupine, the wild cat, the rare marten, the snow vole, and the roe deer which has been recently reintroduced. There are 150 kinds of birds, such as the golden eagle, the peregrine, the eagle owl, the goshawk, the sparrow hawk, the rock partridge, the wall creeper, the snow finch, and the chough.

The Le Marche Sibillini Mountains offer a really dramatic landscape, with a highest peak of 2500 metres, flower filled plateaux and the rolling hills below, offer an ideal location for Appenine Mountains walking holidays, cycling holidays, bird watching, photography, drawing and painting.

The Sibillini National Park tourist office run Sibillini tours and treks throughout the spring, summer and autumn months. The village of Sarnano has 10 circular Le Marche walks or MTB trails available on line or you can visit the Club Alpini site for a range of Itineraries.  There is also Par-ascending, white water rafting and extreme sports on offer nearby, two of Italy’s most stunning gorge walks and mountain lakes with beaches and trattorias.

The Monti Sibillini National Park has some important architecture, including a number of impressive churches, monasteries and abbeys, castles and fortresses. These include the church of Saints Vincenzo and Anastasio at Amandola, the Sanctuary of Madonna dell’Ambro just down from Amandola at Montefortino, the Abbey of Saint Eutizio  at Preci, Santa Maria di Rio Sacro at Acquacanina, the Hermitage of the Grotta dei Frati at Cessapalombo, and the Sanctuary of San Liberato between San Ginesio and Sarnano.

From the adventurous to the observer, the Sibillini National Park has a much to offer and the nearest point is within half an hour’s drive from the house.  Head towards Amandola, the gateway to the mountains.