Le Marche, an infinite beauty.
Parco Gola della Rossa and Frasassi
The Gorge della Rossa and Frasassi Regional Natural Park is the largest protected area in the Marche region, counting just over 10,000 hectares.
The Park protects and protects many flora and fauna species of the Apennine environment, such as:
- more than 10 species of nesting birds;
- 40 known mammal species;
- 29 species of reptiles and amphibians;
- more than 1200 species of flora.
In this area, the karst phenomena have given rise to the marvelous underground complex of the Frasassi Caves.
For trekking lovers, there are numerous marked trails that can be done on different levels of difficulty and in complete safety, admiring the beauties of the Marche region.
The Frasassi Caves are underground karst caves located within the Gola della Rossa and Frasassin Regional Natural Park in the municipality of Genga, in the province of Ancona, just 23km from our hotel.
The visit to the cave lasts 70 minutes. The groups are accompanied by professional guides provided by the Frasassi Consortium. The route is 1,500 meters long; it is well equipped and easily accessible. The internal temperature is constant 14 ° C.
Inside the karst cavities you can admire natural sculptures formed by calcareous stratifications over 190 million years thanks to the work of water and rock. The water, flowing on the limestone, dissolves small amounts of limestone and falling to the ground, in the course of a dripping that lasts millennia, deposits them and forms concretions of considerable size and sometimes even curious shapes. These are divided into instalagmites (columns that grow progressing from the bottom upwards) and stalactites (which instead descend from the ceiling of the cavities).
Apiro Water Park
The water parks and adventure parks are wonderful opportunities to explore the beauties that the Marche region offers and spend memorable moments outdoors with the whole family.
The Eldorado Water Park awaits you in the summer with Big Twins, the longest kamikaze slides in Europe: thrilling speed and fun in maximum safety. There are also several swimming pools, a lagoon for children, hot tubs, large green areas. During the day, Aquagym lessons and fun moments of entertainment in the pool are organized. While for sports lovers, on the beach volleyball court it is possible to challenge friends or participate in tournaments organized by the Park.
Cingoli's Lake, known as Castreccioni's Lake, is an artificial lake created by a dam on the Musone river in the 1980s. It represents the largest artificial basin in the region, rich in aquatic fauna and migratory birds. The lake has an area of over 2 square kilometers and a depth that reaches about 55 m near the dam. It is located in the municipality of Cingoli, Apiro and San Severino Marche in the province of Macerata.
Fiastra's Lake is the largest hydroelectric basin in the Marche region, with a capacity of 20.4 million cubic meters of water.
Built with the damming of the Fiastrone river by means of a dam, it represents a proprietary artificial lake. It is located in a basin surrounded by beautiful hills and at the foot of the Sibillini Mountains, at 685 meters.
For sports lovers it is possible to do: hiking and mountain biking on the lake and in the mountains, Nordic walking, running, fishing, water sports, sailing or canoeing, rent pedal boats, canoes or mountain bikes and take advantage of the areas used for the grill.
In winter, it is possible to ski or participate in organized snowshoeing nearby.
Fiastra's Lake is the starting point of the itineraries that lead to the peaks of Pizzo Berro and Monte Priora, the Fiastrone gorges, the Lame Rosse, the Grotta dei Frati and churches and sanctuaries. Important sporting events are held such as the "Triathlon of the Sibillini Mountains" and numerous sport fishing competitions.
Sibillini's Mountains Park
In the heart of Italy, between the Marches and Umbria, the Sibillini Mountains National Park is a mountain massif that has over twenty peaks that exceed two thousand meters and reach 2,476 m with Monte Carrier.
The territory, of purely calcareous origin, was profoundly shaped by the action of the Quaternary glaciers which gave rise to splendid glacial cirques, such as those of Carrier and Monte Bove and typical "U" valleys, as well as by the karst phenomena that result particularly evident throughout the area and in the Castelluccio plains, in particular.
Downstream, the ancient churches, Romanesque churches, sanctuaries, monasteries and small mountain villages, places of great beauty and profound spirituality.
The discovery of the Sibillini territory can best be experienced thanks to the articulated system of territorial use: from the "Grande Via" (190 km), to the 6 "Daily itineraries" to be followed also by car, bicycle or motorbike, to the " Great Ring of the Sibillini "(120 km) hiking route to be completed in a week, to the" Great Ring in Mountain Bike "(160 km), to the 17" Hiking trails "and to the 18" Nature trails ", easier routes suitable for families , of which two are also accessible to people with motor disabilities; for each of these itineraries guides are available in both Italian and English.
Lake Pilato is a high-altitude mountain lake and is a mirror of water of glacial origin of alpine type, one of the few in the Apennines, enclosed in a narrow glacial valley north of the main peak of the massif, surrounded by the highest peaks of the Sibillini Mountains (Monte Carrier 2476 m, Cima del Redentore 2449 m, Cima del Lago 2422 m and Pizzo del Diavolo 2.410 m). The only natural lake in the Marche region, it was formed due to the dam created by the remains of a glacial moraine.
Castelluccio di Norcia
Castelluccio is a fraction of the municipality of Norcia (PG) in Umbria, one of the highest inhabited centers in the Apennines.
Between the end of May and mid-July, the Castelluccio plateau witnesses a particularly important event, the flowering. For several weeks the chromatic monotony of the pasture is broken up by a mosaic of colors, with variations of tones ranging from yellow ocher to red.
The floral species that dye the Pian Grande and Pian Perduto in this period are innumerable, walking along the paths we can meet: gentianella, narcissus, violets, poppies, buttercups, asphodels, purple Eugeniae, clovers, sorrel and much more.
The pearl of the Adriatic
Sirolo, an ancient medieval village, is defined as the pearl of the Adriatic. Set in the middle of the Conero Park, it overlooks the beautiful beaches of the Riviera.
Sirolo boasts one of the most crystalline and transparent seas of the Adriatic which, for over twenty consecutive years, has been awarded the title of the European Blue Flag and the 4 Sails of Legambiente. The sea is the heart of Sirolo, it is a real physical and mysterious presence that with its charm marks the life of this village. Just outside the center you will come across some of the most characteristic beaches of the Conero Riviera: the Due Sorelle's beach, San Michele and the Urbani beach where the white rocks of the Conero plunge directly into the sea, giving shape to bays and small charming inlets. unique.
Numana, queen of the Conero, between the land breeze and the scent of the sea is a must.
My kingdom is a harmonious union between the charming seaside village of Numana Alta and the lively Marcelli beach, with its beautiful seafront: a paradise where you can enjoy your holiday surrounded by nature, tradition and fun. Now I will show you my picturesque old town: an intertwining of narrow alleys and pastel-colored houses, where it is fascinating to get lost to discover the historical beauties and the unique views of the sea. Then we will go down to Numana Bassa, where the tourist port is located, the best starting point for exploring the beaches and the wild coast of Conero. Go on a beautiful walk to discover my extraordinary coastline until you reach Marcelli, with a dynamic soul, ideal if you want a holiday full of comfort.
and surroundings, in Umbria.
LIVE THE ADVENTURE
Monte Cucco National Park
The Monte Cucco Park is located in Umbria, in the green heart of Italy. The localities Scheggia and Pascelupo, Fossato di Vico, Sigillo and Costacciaro can be easily reached from all directions: by car, by train and by plane.
The park is fully equipped to accommodate any type of sport or tourist activity, on the site you will find all the information you need for your stay.
The landscape offered by the Monte Cucco massif has a varied pattern: closed valleys that follow each other with spiers, pinnacles and terraces, with gullies and gorges, the millenary ravines that make it rugged but also sweet and soft slopes with basins and valleys.
In this superb natural environment, suggestive woods of centuries-old beech trees with very high trunks alternate with holm oaks that dominate cliffs and limestone walls. It is the environment that welcomes the "Mother of the beech trees", a beech forest, one of the oldest in Italy, extending over 30 hectares at an altitude of 1000 meters above sea level. with the presence of beech Fagus Selvatica plants of majestic dimensions, often accompanied by large specimens of Holly Ilex Aquifolium.
GREEN HEART OF ITALY
Gubbio is one of the oldest cities in Umbria, wonderfully preserved over the centuries and full of monuments that testify to its glorious past. Architecturally it represents the masterpiece of medieval civilization and thirteenth-fourteenth century society, divided into the guilds of arts and crafts. Testimony of its ancient origins are the Eugubine Tables and the Roman theater located just outside the walls. It dominates from above the monumental basilica of Sant'Ubaldo, guardian of the remains of the patron saint.
Of great naturalistic interest, in addition to the area of the Monte Cucco Park, the suggestive Bottaccione Gorge.
THE CITY OF FLOWERS
Magnificent village at the foot of Mount Subasio, Spello is characterized by beautiful alleys in which to get lost for a walk, sure to be able to admire breathtaking views at every corner. Spello is one of the most enchanting and strategic villages in Umbria, an obligatory stop for those who want to visit the region, being located a few kilometers from cities such as Assisi, Perugia and Spoleto. It overlooks the wonderful Umbrian plain and is surrounded by centuries-old olive groves from whose plants a precious and high quality oil is obtained.
Located in the central-eastern part of Umbria, Assisi lies on the slopes of Mount Subasio and dominates the plain crossed by the Topino and Chiascio rivers, tributaries of the Tiber.
The city, which gave birth to St Francis and St Clare, has gained worldwide attention as the universal center of the Franciscan message of peace and brotherhood. Built with the typical "pink stone" of Subasio, Assisi lives and makes all visitors experience the atmosphere of profound spirituality of the places that the history and faith of its saints make unique in the world.
In the immediate vicinity you can visit the places linked to the life of St. Francis such as theHermitage of the Prisons, immersed in a dense forest on the slopes of Subasio, the convent of San Damiano, the imposing basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built between 1569 and 1679 to protect the Porziuncola, the small church that welcomed the first Franciscan community and the chapel of the Transit, where St. Francis died on 4 October 1226.
From a naturalistic point of view, the area of the Regional Park of Mount Subasio is worth a visit, established to protect an environment of great environmental value and permeated by a mystical atmosphere.
Frescoed ceilings and walls inside the Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi, Italy
The city of springs
The town, which preserves the typical characteristics of the medieval village by gathering in an amphitheater structure, is famous above all for its sources: walking through the suggestive alleys of the center it is impossible not to be enchanted by the waterways that cross the town, making it unique and fascinating.
THE CITY OF FLOWERS
Trasimeno's Lake, with an area of 128 sq km, is the fourth largest lake in Italy.
The origins of the lake are traced back to the legendary love story, which lasted only one day, between Clay, the nymph of the lake and Trasimeno, the beautiful son of Tirreno, an Etruscan king. Argilla, madly in love with Tirreno, attracted the young man to the center of the lake with her song and they got married. But the day after, Trasimeno disappeared into the lake without returning and it is for this reason that the lake owes the name of the young dead prince.
Lake Trasimeno is made up of 3 islands, two of which can be visited: Isola Polvese and Isola Maggiore, while the smaller island, being private and uninhabited, cannot be visited.
The Marmore waterfall is formed by the Velino near Terni (about 7 km from the capital of the Umbrian province), almost at the mouth of the Valnerina. With controlled flow, it is the highest artificial waterfall in Europe and among the highest in the world, relying on a total height difference of 165 m divided into three jumps.
The name derives from the calcium carbonate salts present on the rocks and similar to white marble. It is part of the Nera river park.
The area of the Marmore Falls is equipped with hiking trails, an Environmental Education Center and services. It is possible to carry out guided tours and outdoor activities managed by qualified personnel. Access to the area is subject to a fee and the park opens at varying times depending on the season.