Passions & Places

Parks & Nature Reserves







...going through parks and natural reserves

Protected areas in Marche Region offer a good opportunity to plunge into environments rich in history, tradition, culture and art. If you visit them you will be reconciled to nature. You will rediscover smells, noises, and colour already met in the past but forgotten. In comparison with the ones in other regions, parks in Marche Region are mild, harmonious, striking and unpredictable like their region, butterfly hey are very rich in nature, history and art as well, exactly as Marche Region is. If you follow the traces of a particular butterfly or flower or fruit you will be likely to run into the traces left by hard-working monks or by ancient Piceni or Roman, Benedictine or late Gallic or Byzantine settlements. Historical facts are interlaced with the landscape: it involves the complementary rediscovery of the ancient jobs practised by people who have never given up going often to woods, rivers, paths. They are under the protection of the Parks today as well they were jealously defended by their inhabitants in the past. Tools are collected in special museums or in possession of people still practising ancient jobs. They represent the other side of a joint world you can live again by searching your memory and the roots of the present specific “modello marchigiano” which can be applied to parks more than somewhere else. The visitor of the parks will also learn that centuries ago men completely integrated into the life of nature traced the paths suggested by the guides. He will easily understand the negativiness of a way of life far from that model, compelling him to destroy nature and to be able to affortd polluted congested houses, power, and means of transport. In Marche Region there are six parks and three natural reserves. Two regional parks are in the province of Pesaro-Urbino: Sasso Simone and Simoncello towards the inland of the Apennines and Monte S. Bartolo, along the coast, close to Gabicce Mare and Pesaro. Other two ones are in the province of Ancona: one is in the heart of the Apennines, in the Gola della Rossa e di Frasassi; the other, the Regional Park of Monte Conero, represents the continuation on the sea of the city of Ancona. Southward, between the Province of Macerata and Ascoli Piceno, there is the large Monti Sibillini National Park: thirty kilometres of mountains with more than twenty summits at an altitude of over two thousands metres, Sibilla’s Cave, the Infernaccio, Pilato’s Lak representing an indissoluble tie of reality to legend in a wild uncontaminated nature. In the Province of Ascoli Piceno you can also visit Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, of which about 10.000 hectares belonging to Marche Region. Two Natural Reserves are in the Province of Macerata: Abbadia of Fiastra and Torricchio Reserve;  and one in the Province of Pesaro-Urbino, Gola del Furlo Reserve. Either if the tourist chooses the massif of Sasso Simone and Simoncello, with the deep badlands on the mountainsides sheer to the valley and follows the suggested paths from Saint Sisto to Sasso Simone, or from Scavolino to Mount Carpegna, or from the plain to Sasso Simone; or if he starts his walk by visiting the calcareous sculptures made by water in Frasassi Caves, in Gola della Rossa e di Frasassi Park, going on Scappuccia Valley.  And if from the hinterland of the Apennines he goes down to the coast, he will visit Pesaro, Rossini’s town, Recanati, Gigli and Leopardi’s town, or Madonna di Loreto Shrine, and it would be a pity not to stop a Monte San Bartolo Park, or Monte Conero Park and discover two mountain plunged in a vertical drop to the Adriatic Sea, with rare bays, woods, paths, villas, hermitages and world-famous places such as Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana. If you visit Monti Sibillini National Park you can also see the Natural Reserves of Abbadia of Fiastra and of Torricchio, the ancient towns of Urbisaglia, Macerata, Tolentino, Cameino and the historical centre of Ascoli Piceno and Arquata del Tronto, the only town in Italy between two National Parks which are Monti Sibillini Park and Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga Park.

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