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.
7th STAGE: Montegallo - Colle le Cese (19 km)
You go along the “Harvesters’ Path", at the foot of the Mount Vettore (2,476 m) eastern and southeastern slopes, up to Forca di Presta, from which the view opens on the Tronto valley and the Castelluccio’s Plains.
Then, continuing along the ridge of Mount Macchialta (1,751 m), you reach Colle Le Cese.
The "Harvesters’ Path" used to be traveled by day laborers, often with children in tow, who came up from the coastal areas towards the Apennines to offer labor during the harvest, following the grain ripening cycle. The harvesters used to move from village to village, waiting for the landowners who at dawn passed for the hiring. The last wheat to mature was grown in Castelluccio’s Plains, visible from Forca di Presta, final point of the path.
The first part of the route offers beautiful scenery on the steep canyons and rocky walls of Mount Vettore and, beyond the Tronto Valley, on the Laga massif, within the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park.
On Mount Vettore, with a little luck, you can enjoy the majestic flight of the golden eagle, real air ‘queen’.
Apennine mountain pass located at 1,550 meters at the foot of Mount Vettore. It divides the territory of the province of Ascoli Piceno, in Marche region, from the province of Perugia in Umbria. The pass has a great landscape interest, because it is one of the most distinctive and famous mountain sites in the province of Ascoli and one of the access points to Castelluccios Plains. The area around the pass is the ideal destination for outdoor activities lovers: during summer there is no shortage of walkers and hikers, as well as hang gliders, who exploit the excellent thermals. In winter snowfalls allow the practice of cross-country skiing, while at the nearby ski resort of Forca Canapine you can practice alpine skiing.
Measuring 2,476 m in height, it is the highest mountain relief of the Sibillini Mountains, located in the Umbria-Marche Apennines on the border between Umbria and Marche. Because of its shape and the beautiful natural scenery it offers, the mountain is a favourite destination for hikers: indeed, on the north slope, in a natural basin at 1,941 m of altitude, is Lake Pilato, particularly interesting for both naturalists and biologists. Also, Mount Vettore is crossed by a cross-section of gravel called the fairy road, whose name derives from an ancient popular legend linked to the cult of the Sibyl.
City of departure: Montegallo
City of arrival: Arquata del Tronto
Arrival: Colle Le Cese
Length (Km): 19
Type of Itinerary: Full day
Difference in height (m): 650
Difference in downhill (m): 190
Highest point (m): 2476
Lowest point (m): 1751
Duration (h.): 6