THE GRANDE ANELLO DEI SIBILLINI


Il The Great Sibylline Ring is a walking route of approximately 120 km that covers the entire mountain chain. Divided into nine stages, it is fully signed and shows you not only the diversity of the landscape and its natural beauty spots but also the incredible historical and cultural heritage of the region. In order to maximize your enjoyment of the Great Ring, the Park has refurbished the mountain refuges for walkers. These buildings are already open on the Cupi, Fiastra, Colle, Colle Le Cese and Campi stages of the route, while the other three are still under construction. In any case, you can be sure of finding a place at the traditional shelters dotted along the route or in the immediate vicinity.

THE GRANDE ANELLO - SUMMARY

Below is a summary of the nine stages of the route which starts in Visso, where the Park’s headquarters are located, and proceeds in a clockwise direction. Of course, the ring can also be walked in the opposite direction, starting from any point. You could walk a single stage in a day or two stages over a beautiful weekend immersed in nature. The full description of the route can be found in the guide book “Great Sibylline Ring” published by the Park and on sale at the Park Offices.

STAGE I: VISSO - CUPI

(distance: 12.100 km, duration: approx. 4 hrs 20 mins)

From the historic centre of Visso, walk out along the slopes of Mount Careschio, circling it as far as the Plains of Macereto where the Bramantesque Sanctuary of the same name is located and from which you can admire the spectacular rocky face of Mount Bove Nord. Continue alongside the Fosso La Valle river until you reach Cupi.

STAGE II: CUPI-FIASTRA

(distance: 11.500 km, duration: approx. 4 hrs)

Ascending the left hand side of Costa Tranquilla, you will come to the pastures at the top of the Campobonomo Valley as far as the ridge of Mount Coglia. From here, a long descent with panoramic views over the Lake of Fiastrone leads to Trebbio di Fiastra.

IIIª STAGE III: FIASTRA – MONASTERO

WARNING the trail to Monastero IS UNAVAILABLE.
Il refuge of Monastero IS UNAVAILABLE. Stay inside the main ring.

(distance: 9.100 km, duration: approx. 3 hrs)

Walk diagonally across the northern side of the wide ridge that descends from the Pizzo di Chioggia peak, crossing little valleys and streams including Rio Bagno and Rio Fessa. The path offers excellent views of the Lake of Fiastrone and the rugged valley of the same name, in which the Abbey of the Holy Saviour in the hamlet of Monastero can be seen.

 STAGE IV: MONASTERO – GARULLA

WARNING the trail to Monastero IS UNAVAILABLE.
Il refuge of Monastero IS UNAVAILABLE. Stay inside the main ring.

(distance: 18.270 km, duration: approx. 5 hrs 30 mins)

The path crosses the wide expanse of the Prati di Ragnolo meadows, which boast spectacular spring flowers and breathtaking views of the Marchigian hills and the northern slopes of the Sibylline Mountains with the Acquasanta and Fargno valleys.

STAGE V: GARULLA – RUBBIANO

WARNING! Please read carefully .

(distance: 9.700 km, duration: approx. 3 hrs 50 mins)

Cross the eastern foothills of Mount Amandola and Mount Priora which overlook the narrow gorges of the Ambro and Tenna valleys featuring deep, spectacular canyons, such as the Gola dell’Infernaccio, carved out of the limestone by water erosion.

STAGE VI:  RUBBIANO –COLLE DI MONTEGALLO

(distance: 13.600 km, duration: 5 hrs)

From Rubbiano, ascend the steep, wide prairies of Mount Zampa which branches off from Mount Sibilla and plunges into the Aso valley. Past the scenic hamlet of Altino, you will come to the church of St Mary in Pantano which houses frescoes depicting the Sibylline Mountains. Continue as far as the little town of Colle di Montegallo, overlooked by the imposing Mount Vettore.

STAGE VII:  COLLE DI MONTEGALLO – COLLE LE CESE

(distance: 18.570 km, duration: 5 hrs 30 mins)

Continue past the impressive eastern slope of Mount Vettore and then enter the vast pine forest that covers the base of the rocky south-eastern slopes. Walk along the Sentiero dei Mietitori (meaning “Path of the Harvesters”) until you reach the Forca di Presta pass. From there, the panorama opens up over the Tronto valley and the Castelluccio Plains.

STAGE VIII :  COLLE LE CESE – CAMPI VECCHIO

(distance: 19.500 km, duration: 6 hrs 30 mins)

This long path skirts around the Castelluccio Plains, the largest tectonic depression in the Sibylline Mountains, with stunning panoramic views of the impressive western slope of the Cima del Redentore ("Peak of the Redeemer"). From the Forca di Giuda pass, the highest point of the entire ring (1794 m), descend towards the Forca di Ancarano pass and then proceed along the path towards Campi.

STAGE IX :  CAMPI VECCHIO -VISSO

((distance: 9.500 km, duration: 3 hrs 30 mins)

From Campi, walk across the Majore valley to the saddle between Mount Macchialunga and the Monticello hill leading to the wide Casali dell'Acquaro prairies, and then descend into the Visso valley, a historic communication route between Visso and Norcia.