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.
2nd STAGE: Cupi - Fiastra (11 km)
After passing “Costa di Tranquilla”, the route crosses Mount Val di Fibbia and the Campobonomo Valley, to go up again along the ridge of Mount Coglia and finally descend on Trebbio and Fiastra.
Along the first part of the tour it is impossible not to be attracted by the variety of blooms’ colors. Looking up is easy to spot birds of prey, such as kestrels and buzzards, looking for rodents and other prey living in the meadows, or experience the intense emotion of seeing a rock partridge. Later the gaze is lost in the fertile plain of Camerino and the breathtaking view of Lake Fiastra, nestled between lush hills dotted with small churches and rural villages.
Lake Fiastra, well placed into the landscape, isn’t a wonderful gift of nature but the result of human genius, who has harnessed the Fiastrone river with a dam to produce electricity. On St. Paul's hill, well visible for those who descends from Mount Coglia, stands the ancient Castrum Fiastrae, now Magalotti Castle, whose walls and the central tower remains are still visible.
Nestled between green hills animated by small churches and rural villages, this evocative artificial lake was built in the mid 1900s to provide electrical power in the Fiastrone Valley. Its clear waters cover an area of 2 square kilometers and attract many sport fishing and water activities fans. Here every year is held the "Monti Sibillini Triathlon", important sporting competition involving hundreds of participants from all over Italy.
The first news about the building of Castrum Fiastrae (Fiastra Castle) dates back to the ninth century. It is a property of the Magalotti Counts since 1259 and today remain only some ruins of this historic building. It is situated on a hill dominating the Fiastrone valley and it used to have a long mighty fortified walls that embraced also the Benedictine church of St. Paul. Here used to refuge people fleeing from enemy invasions. Today is visible only a part on the west side, with the remains of two cylindrical towers with loopholes.
City of departure: Visso
City of arrival: Fiastra
Length (Km): 11
Type of Itinerary: Short routes - Half day
Difference in height (m): 410
Difference in downhill (m): 640
Highest point (m): 1402
Lowest point (m): 752
Duration (h.): 4