The Sibillini mountain range was made into a national park in 1993 and since then the ecology of the area has been given some priority. As a result there is much wildlife,
flora and fauna to be seen. The highest peak reaches 2400m. The Sibillini National Park spans an area of 70,000 hectares.
There are lots of walking opportunities here as well as trails for mountain biking.
Quad biking, riding and hang-gliding are also possible. In winter there is alpine and cross country skiing. Check out our
sporting page for more details of these activities.
At the southern end of the Sibillini National Park are three high altitude depressions. The Pian Grande, Pian Perduto and the Pian Piccolo. They are used for growing lentils.
In June the
floral display, La fiorita, from these fields is very colourful and attracts many visitors. Closer to Casa Carotondo is the Pintura del Ragnolo, which in spring
is covered in a wonderful display of wild flowers including orchids. Other attractions in the park are the historical and cultural riches
of the various small towns as well as important religious sites. There are also a number of museums.
For a good overview in English try the national parks website.
For information about all aspects of the Sibillini National Park you can also visit one of the
Case del Parco - tourist information centres.
The Sibillini Mountains are one of the great attractions of the Marche.
The name is supposedly derived from Sibyl a prophetess who became a witch and symbol of carnal vice.
She was sent into exile in the Sibillini mountains and lived in a cave at the top of Monte Sibille.
Apart from this legend all kinds of myths prevail about the mountains. It is said,
for instance, that after Pilate died his body was brought to the Sibillini Mountains and thrown into what is now Lago di Pilato.
This lake happens to be home to a unique shell fish called
Chirocetalus Marchesoni. This shell fish swims on its back and its' eggs can survive drought.
You do not, however, need to be an athlete to get the fantastic views.
It is possible to drive up to the mountain huts and (in summer) have a wonderful lunch while admiring that view!
It takes about 30 mins from Casa Carotondo to drive to the nearest pass which is where the ski lifts just happen to be.
The beach is a scenic hour's drive away from Casa Carotondo.
The Italians mostly take their holidays in August,so the beaches are particularly busy at this time.
Even outside the hottest months the coast is worth a visit to enjoy a fresh fish lunch.
The area south of Ancona in the Conero national park is particularly beautiful.
Nearer to home swimming, fishing and paddling are also possible on Lago Fiastra, a beautiful picnic spot surrounded by mountains.