One of the most beautiful areas in Italy with its rugged and breath-taking terrain. In any season this place is a truly un-spoilt mountain range and a must to visit
Nestled between Umbria and Le Marche lies one of Italy's most beautiful and dramatic regions, Monti Sibillini. Covering an area of over 70,000 hectares it boasts over 10 mountains standing above 2000m with its tallest peak, Monte Vettore standing at 2476m. This breath-taking area, named a national park in 1993, is dotted with medieval hilltop hamlets, glacial lakes and stunning wildflower meadows. The perfect playground for the adventurous with some of the finest hiking in Europe.
What to do
Stroll around the quaint medieval town of Visso. This picturesque town lies 600m above sea level and is the mountain home of the National Park. Surrounded by fortified walls, featuring four main gate entrances, inside you will find portals and palaces, winding lanes and historical squares.
Relax at Lake Fiastra. This man-made lake is a perfect place to relax and cool off during the hot summer months. You will find its shores equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas, the crystal-clear waters are perfect for a swim and the lake is surrounded by various walking trails.
Take a hike. There are miles of scenic trails criss-crossing the national park. Hike past stunning waterfalls and caves, through gorges and up peaks. One of the best ways to truly appreciate this stunning region.
Visit the cave of Sybill and Hells Gorge. One of the most beautiful and popular attractions in the park. Hike through its steep sided gorges and wild mountains. Once the main route through from the Adriatic to Rome, this area would be rife with bandits. Now it is a wildlife hotspot, where, if you are lucky, you may see wolves tracks or golden eagles flying overhead.
Where to eat
Food served in The Monti Sibillini national park is delightfully rustic, with wild boar and lentils, truffles and porcini mushrooms as well as potatoes and goat's cheeses served up in local dishes.
You will find the major hiking routes dotted with refuges or rifugi. These simple chalets and huts come with attached restaurants where you will find hearty, local cooking, perfect after a day's hiking.
Back in town Visso has a selection of restaurants. For delicious coffee, cakes and pastries try Pasticceria Vissana. For hearty fare and reasonable prices try La Filanda. Enjoy local specialities such as trout and pasta as well as great antipasti and local wine.
Through the valley in Preci you will find the excellent Ristorante Guaita S. Eutizio. Located next to an abbey with a small stream bubbling past its flower laden terrace, it makes a particularly picturesque spot. Enjoy home-made pasta, cured meats and local sibillini truffles.
How to get there
The mount Sibillini region is located to the southwest of Ancona and straddles the Marche Umbria border. This large region has several access points and can be reached from the airport in Ancona to the east, Perugia to the north and Rome to the west. All are several hours drive away before reaching the park. To discover everything this beautiful region has to offer a hire car is probably essential.
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