Passions & Places

The Mountains

The Mountains

In an evocative escalation of emotions the Marche landscape seems to magically change from a calm beach into a lithe hill to eventually a snowy peaked mountain.

It is not a simple case that the Marche territory comprises of two National Parks (Monti Sibillini and Monti della Laga), four Regional Parks (Conero, San Bartolo, Gola della Rossa, Montefeltro, Sasso Simone and Simoncello) two National Reserves (Abbadia di Fiastra and Monte di Torricchio) and numerous local protected areas, but it is the fact that anywhere you go the panoramas are extraordinarily beautiful.

To add to the natural splendor and wonderment of this region are the twin cliffs of “Sasso Simone” and “Simoncello” that rise bizarrely from the ground in the heart of Montefeltro and also the wolves and the royal owlets nearby in the “Alpe della Luna” that hide in the large beech trees. Close to Urbino the river Candigliano flows, furrowing patiently for centuries against the solid cliffs of the Furlo creating a deep ravine. Just as spectacular are the “Monte Catria” and “Nerone” that show off their natural sculptures, ancient oaks and blooming fields. Whilst descending to the sea the splendid limestone of “Monte Conero” is reflected in the still waters spectacularly framed by the thick woods of several Mediterranean species.

When entering the heart of the Marche you will be equally amazed by many fascinating sights including the startling “Gola della Rossa”, and the splendid “Grotte (coves) di Frasassi”, with their fabulous underground caves studded with stalactites and crystallised lakes. Not forgetting the “Monte San Vicino” with its characteristic rounded top that dominates the surrounding valleys and the beech trees of the “Piano of Canfaito” and the “Val di Castro”. Further south you can see the beautiful hidden shady coves in the “Valle dei Grilli” (Valley of the Crickets) and the ravine of “Sant’Eustachio” but it is the “Monti Sibillini” mountains that always promise to astonish and charm its visitors, with their rare and delicate beauties including the extraordinary “Lake of Pilato” and the wonderful landscapes of the Gola (ravine) dell’ Infernaccio”. Finally the “Monti della Laga”, picturesquely positioned over the border of the Marche territory, with its fantastic high peaks covered by ancient chestnut trees, gothic firs and lively crystalline waterfalls will definitely invigorate all your senses. One thing is for certain - you will find it difficult to choose which path to walk, among so many amazing beauties.


Monte San Vicino
Monti della Laga
Monte Vettore

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