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

SANCTUARY OF MACERETO
SANCTUARY OF MACERETO

Extraordinary example of Renaissance architecture in Marche region, in the past it was the place of alleged miraculous events and for this reason it is a widespread location of popular devotion. The religious complex is located at 1000 meters height near the village of Cupi, on the homonymous plateau, and it was built in 1529 in place of an earlier 1300s church. In addition to the church, there are also the Home of the Pilgrims, the Guard House and the Guaite’s Palace. The Sanctuary is octagonal, with three entrances, rich portals and capitals. Of particular value the apse, which houses a beautiful chapel with the sixteenth-century works of the painter-sculptor Simone de Magistris.

MOUNT BOVE
MOUNT BOVE

Important massif located in the north-central part of the Sibillini Mountains’ chain. It has two main peaks, the south (2,169 meters) and the north (2,112 meters). Very interesting its north slopes, characterized by large cliffs with an height up to 750 meters and made of dolomite limestone, an ideal destination for climbers. Bove’s valley has a glacial origin and it is very suggestive, surrounded to the east and north by the mountain and riddled with sinkholes.

SIBILLINI NATIONAL PARK
SIBILLINI NATIONAL PARK

A protected area established in 1993 to safeguard the Sibillini’s mountain chain. It covers an area of about 71,437 hectares, mainly mountainous, between Marche and Umbria. The Sibillini Mountains rise in the heart of Italy, in the kingdom of the mythic Sibilla, and Mount Vettore (2,476 m.) is the highest peak. The Park protects an evocative atmosphere, characterized by a rich biodiversity and an extraordinary wealth of flora and wildlife. There are also abbeys and medieval old towns, scattered on the slopes of the mountain range, which makes this an even more impressive territory.

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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