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.
4th STAGE: Monastero - Garulla (18,3 km)
The route goes up on the wide ridge on Mount Sassotetto (1,624 m) and, once crossed the Ragnolo’s Plans, it descends to Garulla cutting the northern slope of Mount Castel Manardo (1,917 m).
Along the way the panorama is always lovely, with views, to the south, overlooking Mount Rotondo and the peaks of Pizzo Tre Vescovi, Mount Priora and Pizzo Berro. To the east the view stretches on the harmonious Piceno’s hills to the Adriatic Sea. Crossing the meadows you can often hear the song of larks, while turning up your look, it is easy to see kestrels that remain almost motionless in midair. The winter environment, particularly suggestive, offers the possibility of ski excursions too.
The mountain pastures of Ragnolo’s Plans offer, in spring, spectacular blooms. In many meadows a periodic mowing for the production of hay is also practiced. This traditional activity helps maintaining a high floristic and landscape diversity.
City of departure: Cessapalombo
City of arrival: Amandola
Length (Km): 18
Type of Itinerary: Full day
Difference in height (m): 863
Difference in downhill (m): 743
Highest point (m): 1534
Lowest point (m): 745
Duration (h.): 6