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Explore Italy's Sibillini National Park with a Cicerone guidebook

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13 Jun 2013
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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
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192
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8 Jan 2009
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Italy's Sibillini National Park

Walking and Trekking Guide

by Gillian Price
Book published by Cicerone Press

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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Description

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.

  • he most convenient places to fly into are the airports on the Adriatic coast: Ancona, Pescara and Rimini. Also fairly convenient are Rome’s two airports. All have bus connections to railway stations.
  • 21 day walks and a 120km, 8-day trek
  • long walking season from early spring to late autumn
  • first English-language guidebook to the area
  • details of accommocation, refreshments and public transport along all the routes with full colour mapping, profiles and photography
  • Activities
    Walking, trekking
  • Seasons
    Refuges open from mid-April to mid-October; August and midsummer weekends very busy; higher ridges may have snow until June; excellent winter walking with snowshoes or touring skis, best with a local guide
  • Centres
    Amandola, Balzo, Castelluccio, Norcia, Nursia, Preci, Castelsantangelo, Visso, Ancona, Pescara, Perugia
  • Difficulty
    Something for all abilities, low-level strolls, ridges and walkers' peaks; the GAS requires no mountaineering expertise
  • Must See
    The Grande Anello dei Sibillini 8-day trek, Sibillini National Park, Monte Vettore, Monte Sibilla, Piano Grande, Monte Bove

Updates

January 2017

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

November 2016

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.

August 2016

Warning from the Italian Mountain Rescue:
In the wake of the disastrous earthquake on August 24, continuing earth tremors have caused rockfalls and path damage in the Sibillini mountains. Walkers are advised to check locally before embarking on walks and for the time being avoid canyons and ridges routes.

June 2014

Accommodation info changed:
p59 Altino (1035m) accommodation at Rifugio Altino www.rifugioaltino.it, open year-round tel 0736 610929, mob 338 6769985 or 339 4329874.

August 2013

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)

November 2011

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

October 2010

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: bbcadelarossa@libero.it

Stage 5 - Colle di Montegallo: changed phone and improved new management for rifugio tel: 0736 806310.

Contents

Contents
Introduction
Monti Sibillini
Walking
When to Go
Weather Notes
Access
Exploring the Sibillini
Information
How to Use this Guide
Emergencies
Maps
Waymarking
What to Take
Accommodation
Food and Drink
Plant Life
Wildlife
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
Shorter Walks
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
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