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.
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.
City of departure: Visso
City of arrival: Visso
Length (Km): 12
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