STAGE 2: Cupi – Fiastra (11 km)
After ascending Costa di Tranquilla, the route crosses Monte Val di Fibbia and Campobonomo Valley, and then ascends again along the ridge of Monte Coglia and finally descends on Trebbio and Fiastra.
Along the first part of the trail it is impossible not to be attracted by the multiplicity of colors of the blooms. Looking up, it is easy to spot birds of prey, such as kestrels and buzzards, searching for rodents and other prey living in the pasture meadows, or to experience the intense thrill of watching a partridge fly away. Further on, the gaze wanders to the fertile basin of Camerino and the breathtaking view of Lake Fiastra, set among fertile hills dotted with small churches and rural villages.
Lake Fiastra, so well embedded in the landscape, is not a wonderful gift of nature but the result of human ingenuity, which harnessed the Fiastrone River with a dam to produce electricity. On the hill of S. Paolo, clearly visible to those descending from the Coglia, stands the ancient Castrum Fiastrae, now the Castle of the Magalotti, the remains of whose solid perimeter walls and central keep are still clearly visible.
Length: 11 km
Uphill elevation gain: 410 m
Height difference on descent: 640 m
Highest point: 1402 m
Lowest point: 752 m
Type of surface: mixed
Municipality of departure: Visso
Starting location: Cupi
Municipality of arrival: Fiastra
Place of arrival: Fiastra
Recommended period: all year round
The Great Sibillini Ring is a hiking route of about 124 km that encompasses the entire mountain range found in the Umbria-Marche Apennines.
Divided into 9 stages, it is fully signposted and allows you to get to know, in addition to the multiplicity of landscapes and natural beauty, part of the priceless historical and cultural heritage that this territory preserves.
The Great Sibillini Ring is among the most beautiful routes incentral Italy. Through the nine stages it is possible to circumnavigate the territory of the Sibillini Mountains National Park, visiting the history of its small villages and the wilderness of its mountains. The tour encompasses the Park in a clockwise direction, starting from the location of Visso and returning to it 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 the lake of the same name, the Abbey of San Salvatore, the Argenta Valleys Museum, the Abbey of St. Vincent and Anastasius, Mount Carrier and more.
On the way you can enjoy the Apennine landscape and spot the wildlife that inhabits the Park. The excellent organization of the park authority, as well as the great availability of information regarding the routes, allows for dynamic organization of the tour, enabling you to change its length according to your availability of time and energy.