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Walking and trekking guidebook to Italy's Sibillini National Park in the Apennines. 21 day walks and an 8-stage multi-day trek, the 120km Grande Anello dei Sibillini are explored alongside sketch maps and plenty of practical information. Easily reached from airports on the Adriatic coast and Rome, the Sibillini straddles the Marche and Umbria.
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This guidebook describes 21 day walks, and one 8-day trek (Grande Anello dei Sibillini) in Italy's Sibillini National Park. Including short strolls and suitable for all walkers, with day walks ranging from 3.5 to 20.5km, the Sibillini in Italy's Apennines are easily reached from the budget airline destinations on the Adriatic coast and from Rome.
The Monti Sibillini straddles the Marche and Umbria, close to the towns of Norcia, Ascoli Piceno, L'Aquila and Perugia. Details of accommodation, refreshments and public transport along all the routes are also included with full-colour sketch maps and profiles. The area has a long walking season, from early spring to late autumn, and refuges open from mid-April to mid-October. Little known to foreign visitors, they offer vast highlands smothered in wildflowers, canyons burrowing deep into mountainsides, accessible ridges with breathtaking views and over 50 peaks, many over 2000m.
The wondrously varied landscapes of the Sibillini make for memorable outdoor holidays at any time of year, and holidaymakers of all grades of walking expertise will find something to get their boots into. There are leisurely strolls across flowered meadows and paths down eerie canyons, dizzy high ridge itineraries and a host of walkers’ peaks. Thanks to dedicated nature lovers and environmental activists, in 1993 this wonderland finally became the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, encompassing 700km2.
My wife and I have just returned from a weeks walking in the Sibillini National Park in Italy. As can be imagined, the after effects of the earthquakes are still obvious with closed villages (red zones), blocked roads and many paths affected by rockfall. Information on road closures is not readily available. Limited accommodation is available. We did a number of walks from the Cicerone guide and climbed some other hills. Beautiful scenery, great food and wine plus amazingly cheerful people. (Courtsey of Graham Little)
CAI, the Italian Alpine Club, is working constantly on restoring access to paths and routes in the Sibillini mountains as well as many parts of the Italian regions of Marche, Umbria and Abruzzo affected by earthquakes. The web site http://ripartiredaisentieri.cai.it/ is packed full of walking and cycle routes to encourage visitors to return to these beautiful areas and bring much-needed work to the local populations who are slowly moving back to pick up their lives again.
Though the web site is in Italian, maps and tracks are available so visitors can easily make plans.
Good news: after aerial reconaissance in December the Sibillini Park Authority say that the paths on the Grande Anello dei Sibillini GAS ring route have not been damaged. (Walkers will need to check whether or not accommodation is open.)
For the time being, valleys to be avoided include: Valle dell'Acquasanta, Infernaccio, Valle del Lago di Pilato (from Foce), Val di Panico, Bove, Tenna and the Lame Rosse canyon.
The Park now has temporary premises and can be contacted for information through www.sibillini.net and its Facebook page where updates are posted; http://www.facebook.com/pages/parco-dei-monti-sibillini/61831404807
VERY IMPORTANT: More strong earthquakes in October 2016 have caused extensive damage across the Sibillini, landscape and villages included. Walkers should avoid the areas for the time being.
p56 Rifugio Giglio Rosso Rubbiano www.rifugiorubbiano.com Tel 0736 859184
Stage 6: route changes have been reported - the GAS evidently no longer goes
via Colleluce or Astorara - follow the new signposts and waymarks.
p72 Rifugio Campi Vecchio temporarily closed
(Thanks to Annette Machon)
p.38 Additional place to stay in Visso – B&B Casa dell'Artista tel 0737 9364.
p.66 – Rifugio Vittorio Ratti is now known as Rifugio Genziana and the phone no has changed to 0743 828623
with thanks to Tom Kemp
Grande Anello dei Sibillini (GAS):
Stage 4 - Rubbiano: B&B Ca' de la Rossa could be a convenient substitute for the still-unopened rifugio. Tel 333 8412523 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stage 5 - Colle di Montegallo: changed phone and improved new management for rifugio tel: 0736 806310.
|When to Go|
|Exploring the Sibillini|
|How to Use this Guide|
|What to Take|
|Food and Drink|
|The GAS – Grande Anello dei Sibillini|
|Stage 1 Visso to Cupi|
|Stage 2 Cupi to Fiastra|
|Stage 3 Fiastra to Garulla|
|Stage 4 Garulla to Rubbiano|
|Stage 5 Rubbiano to Colle di Montegallo|
|Stage 6 Colle di Montegallo to Colle le Cese|
|Stage 7 Colle le Cese to Campi Vecchio|
|Stage 8 Campi Vecchio to Visso|
|1 Valle del Fiastrone|
|2 Lago del Fiastrone and the Lame Rosse|
|3 Cascate dell’Acquasanta|
|4 Bolognola Sentiero Natura|
|5 Upper Valle dell’Ambro|
|6 Val di Panico and Pizzo Tre Vescovi|
|7 Monte Priora|
|8 The Monte Bove Circuit|
|9 Gole dell’Infernaccio|
|10 Monte Sibilla Circuit|
|11 Monte Porche and Palazzo Borghese|
|12 Nocelleto to Forca di Gualdo|
|13 Preci and Sant’Eutizio|
|14 Monte Patino|
|15 Foce and Lago di Pilato|
|16 Castelluccio to Lago di Pilato|
|17 Monte Vettore|
|18 Monte delle Rose|
|19 Castelluccio and the Piano Grande|
|20 The Dogana Loop|
|21 I Pantani|
|Appendix Italian–English Glossary|