The Sibillini Great Loop Route - Stage #1

The Sibillini Great Loop Route is a hiking path of about 124 km that covers the entire Sibillini mountain range in Umbria-Marche Apennines.
Divided into 9 stages, it is fully signposted and it allows to know, in addition to the variety of landscapes and natural beauty, part of the inestimable cultural and historical heritage that this territory preserves.

The Sibillini Great Loop Route is one of the most beautiful routes in central Italy. Through the nine stages you can circumnavigate the territory of the Sibillini National Park, visiting the history of its small villages and the wilderness of its mountains. The tour embraces the Park clockwise, starting from the village of Visso and returning in the same village after passing through some characteristic places, such as the ancient route of the Kingdom of Naples, the Sanctuary of Macereto, the town of Fiastra and its lake, the Abbey of St. Salvatore, the Museum of the Argenta’s Valleys, the Abbey of St. Vincent and St. Anastasio, Mount Vettore and much more.

On the way you can enjoy the Apennine landscape and admire the wildlife that lives in the Park. The excellent organization of the park, as well as the wide availability of information about the paths, allows a dynamic organization of the tour, giving the chance to change the length depending on your availability of time and energy.

1st STAGE: Visso - Cupi (12.1 km)

The route starts from the historic center of Visso, in the Sibillini National Park (on the border between Marche and Umbria), and it follows a section of the ancient road that connected the Kingdom of Naples with the Chienti Valley and Loreto.

The environment is characterized by plateaus with wide views on the impressive side of Mount Bove North and the on Visso and Ussita’s Valleys. The presence of pastures shows the centuries-old tradition of herding while, among the cultivated fields, the visible signs of ancient wine terraces indicate that the crop used to be at an higher level.
The area of Mount Bove is interesting thanks to its dolomite aspect walls, the beautiful glaciers valleys of Bove and Panico and, at higher altitudes, the vast grasslands that host numerous species of flora characteristics of the this area.

Technical description:
The 12 km long route goes towards north - with an easy via ferrata - from Visso to Cupi, following the walls of Mount Careschio.
From Visso you travel around the mountain up to the Plans of Macereto, from where you continue until you reach Cupi after you have passed by Fosso La Valle.

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Points of interest

THE SANCTUARY OF MACERETO
THE SANCTUARY OF MACERETO

An extraordinary example of Renaissance architecture in the Marche region, in the past it was the place of presumed miraculous events and therefore of widespread popular devotion. The religious complex is located at a height of 1,000 metres near Cupi, in the plateau of the same name, and was built in 1529 in the place where a 14th-century church stood before. In addition to the church, visitors can also find the “Casa dei Pellegrini” (Pilgrims’ House), the “Casa del Corpo di Guardia” (Army’s House), and the “Palazzo delle Guaite”. The Sanctuary features an octagonal plan with three entrances featuring richly-decorated doors and capitals. Particularly noteworthy is the apsidal basin, which houses a beautiful chapel with the 16th-century works by the painter and sculptor Simone de Magistris.

MOUNT BOVE
MOUNT BOVE

An important massif located in the central-northern part of the Sibillini Mountains, Mount Bove features two main peaks, the south one (2,169 m) and the north one (2,112 m). Very interesting are its northern slopes, characterized by large rocky walls up to 750 metres high and formed by dolomitic-type limestone; this is a popular destination among climbers. Last but not least, the Bove Valley is also quite evocative, closed to the east and north by the mountain, of glacial origin and riddled with sinkholes.

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Technical data

City of departure: Visso

Departure: Visso

City of arrival: Visso

Arrival: Cupi

Length (Km): 12

Difficulty: hiking

Discipline: Trekking

Type of Itinerary: Half Day

Difference in height (m): 800

Difference in downhill (m): 423

Highest point (m): 0

Lowest point (m): 0

Duration (h.): 4