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The pleasant atmosphere, the natural atmosphere and the near cities of art, they make of residence the ALBAROSA a point of reference for how many wish to pass one pleasant vacation, relaxant and rich of alternatives. Its strategic position allows to visit the beautifulst cities of art of the Umbria and the Marches like Gubbio, Assisi, Gualdo Tadino, Nocera Umbra, Urbino and Fabrian and to enjoy the particular geographic aspects, geologic, faunistici and floristici of the Park of the Cucco Mount that are such to favor many activities to the open air. The main one is sure the hiking that it  sees every year tens of migliaia of gets passionate to you to cover the driven in net of the paths: beyond 120 Km those signals to you, between which the Italy Path and the Europe Path. The free flight (deltaplanismo and parapendio) is practiced to Cucco Mount, thanks to the favorable upward currents presents.

Sigillo

Going up on the left side of the Chiascio valley one gets to Sigillo, agricultural center of ancient origins laying at the bottom of Monte Cucco. The village, having roman origins, (anciently Suillum), was destroyed at the beginning of the XIII century, and reconstructed and enlarged by Perugia on 1274. At the beginning of the XV century it was taken over by the papal state, keeping for long times special privileges. Ippolito Borghese, a very active painter, expecially in the Napoli area, painted and left here a remarkable signed painting (Annunciazione) with date and a self-portrait, stored in the curch of S.Agostino with a cross of golden copper by Enrico di Piamonte. Other remarkable atistic monuments are the church of S. Anna, and the ruines of a huge Roman bridge said Spiano realized with huge square blocks probably during August empire.

Gubbio

Laying on the slopes of Monte Ingino, Gubbio is one of the most ancient towns of Umbria, extremely well preserved during centuries and rich of monuments testifying its glorious past. Two important witnesses of the past are the Tavole Eugubine, one of most important documents referring to the ancient people called Italici and the Roman Theatre just outside the walls of the town. Dominated from the top by the Basilica on which the rests of St. Ubaldo are buried, Gubbio keeps architectonic masterpieces testifying the beauty and the imprtance of what used to be during the Middle ages, a real town-state. At the beginning of the XIV century the Consuls Palace, today symbol of the town, was constructed together with the square Piazza Pensile and Pretorio Palace. To remind the palaces Beni, del Bargello with the famous fountain, of People Captain , in typical renaissance style, Dukes Palace by Francesco Giorgio Martini which testity the importance of the period on which the Montefeltro's family had the administration of the town. Very interesting are also the Cathedral (XII century), St. Maria Nuova (inside which one can admire the Madonna del Belvedere painted by Ottaviano Nelli on 1413), Church and Convent of St. Agostino (XIII century ) with inside frescoes of Nelli, Church and Convent of St. Francesco (XIII century), St. Giovanni (XII century) characterised by the facade and bell tower in romanic style, St. Peter enlarged in 1505 and St. Domenico enlarged in the XIV century. Among the most important manifestations taking place in the city we should absolutely mention the Racing silk of the Crossbow and the Ceri Race. One starts the visit entering through Via Matteotti from the statal road coming from Perugia. Keeping on the way, passing via mausoleo one get to the Mausoleum of forty Martyrs, work of the architect Pietro Fringuelli, erected to remind the 40 patriots killed by the nazists on June, the 22nd 1944. Continuing through via Matteotti one gets to the square of forty Martyrs, from which it is possible to admire the complex of the most interesting buildings in town. On the left side of the square the church of S. Francesco can be admired. From this square, going along Via della Repubblica one gets to the curch of S.Giovanni, then from via baldassini it is possible to admire the left side of the town hall and the arches realized by the Gattapone to support the square Piazza della Signoria. From this point it is possible to notice the imposing size of the Consuls Palace. Coming back through via Lucarelli one gets to piazza della Signoria, by way of stairs. From via dei consoli, one gets to largo del Bargello, embellished by a fountain, where the elegant Bargello Palace, dating from the XIII century, can be admired. On the left, after a few steps, one gets to the square of Giordano Bruno where there is the church of S.Domenico. Continuing by via Gabrielli and after by via Capitano del popolo one can visit the palace Capitano del Popolo . Coming back to via dei Consoli one takes on the left via Galeotti and then via Ducale and, taking again on the right via S.Ubaldo, one gets to the Dome and to the Dukes Palace called as well la Corte. By via Ducale one arrives at via XX Settembre and taking on the right via Mastro Giorgio first and via Savelli della Porta after one arrives at the church S.Maria Nuova.

 Gualdo Tadino

famous for its ceramics industry and art, lays on Sant'Angelo hill dominated by the castel "Rocca Flea". Athough not much is known about the history of the town during ancient romans, it is quite sure that the roman Tadinum was an important center since it was along the Flaminia way. It was destroyed and robbed several times by the barbarians; and due to that it was rebuilt in 1180 on the close hills, as testified by the name Gualdo, from the german word "walt" i.e. "wood". During the Middle Age it became a free commun, and later on it was taken over by the papal state.
The visit of the town has a number of artistic attractions: first of all the castle, named Rocca Flea , realized in the XIII century for order of Federico II. Among the other churches, there are the
Dome of San Benedetto (XIII century) with its interesting facade on which a rose-window opens (at its inside wonderful works can be found) and the church of San Francesco, a marveous gothic building, decorated by Matteo di Gualdo, which was born in this town. Interesting is also the Communal Pinacotheca in which, besides the works of Matteo di Gualdo, also a beautiful painting of Niccolò Alunno can be admired.

Nocera Umbra

Famed for its mineral waters, Nocera Umbra is a town with a very old appearance which has sprung up along the valley of the Topino river. Its buildings of major artistic value are without doubt the Cathedral and the church of St. Francis. The latter was built between the 14th and 15th centuries and is now the seat of the city's Pinacoteque, and contains, other than the splendid frescoes by Matteo of Gualdo, paintings by the Umbrian and Tuscan schools. In the Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th centuryand was reconstructed in the 15th century, the Romanic portal at the left-hand side and the maiolica pavement of the sacristy are noteworthy.

 Assisi

Italy stretches out on the slopes of the Monte Subasio, above the plain where the Topino and Chiascio rivers flow. Although it can boast Roman origins, its present-day appearance, because of the buildings and also the urban structure. is surely due to the city's development during the Middle Ages. Assisi's oldest nucleus, which is protected by a defensive apparatus made up of eight fortified entrance portals and a long belt of town walls, which are still perfectly preserved, is topped by two castles on peak of the mountain: the Major Castle, reconstructed by the Cardinal Albornoz in 1367 and the Minor Castle. Apart from religious buildings too important to not be considered solely the heritage of Assisi such as the basilica of St. Francis, the tourist can also visit the churches of St. Clare and St.Peter.  The first was constructed in the Gothic style between 1257 and 1265, the second is a little older and decorated with an elegant middle portal with three rose-windows. The Cathedral, dedicated to the Patron Saint St. Rufino, vaunts a splendid and unaltered facade with sculptures and reliefs; the interior, however, has undergone much reconstruction during the centuries which have distorted the original project dating back to the 13th century. On the Town Square situated on the ancient Forum, you will find the Priors' Palace (1337), the Palace of the People's Captain (12th century) and the temple of Minerva, built during the augustean period with pronaos, columms and corinthian capitals which are still intact. Nearby, places which are connected with the life of St. Francis can be visited, sich as the Eremitage of the Prisons, immersed in a thick wood of oaks and ilex on the slopes of the Subasio Mountain, and the convent of St. Damian, which was built up around the oratory were, according to tradition, the Cross spoke to the Saint. Finally, in the plain, the impressive basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels was built according to the plans of Alessi between 1569 and 1679 to protect the Porziuncola Chapel, which was the first simple meeting-place of the Francescan brotherhood. All those who have the good luck of visiting this splendid town have to agree with who says that the beauty of town goes beyond a short, and necessarily incomplete list of works of art more or less extraordinary, but is however to be found in the atmosphere of places which the story and the faith of the Saint have rendered unique all over the world

Montefalco

which is placed in a dominating position looking down on the valleys of the Topino and the Clitunno rivers, offers the viewer of a sweeping panorama of the Umbrian countryside. The buildings inside the ancient town walls which are definitely worth visiting are, without doubt, the Town Hall, which dates back to the 13th century, as does the church of St. Augustine, the Romanic church of St. Bartholomew with the Portal of Frederick II (1244) to be found near-by and the church of St. Chiara where, inside, you'll discover paintings by the Umbrian school. You absolutely should not forget to visit the 14th century church of St. Francis, which is now the seat of the Pinacoteque; in fact, inside, you'll find many paintings of great artistic value such as the "Nativity" by Perugino and the extraordinary cycle of frescoes: " The Stories of St. Francis by Benozzo Gozzoli. Near the inhabitated area you'll find the 16th century church of St. Illuminata and the 15th century church of St. Fortunato which contains, in the lunette of the portal and in the altar to the right, works of art by Benozzo Gozzoli. Among the most important typical products in the city we should absolutely mention the Sagrantino of Montefalco wine.

Bevagna

The ancient small town of Roman origin called Bevagna is to be found on the western fringe of the Foligno plain, at the foot of the group of hills where Montefalco rises up and near the loop of the river Timia. Its modern-day appearance is surely the result of its developement during the Middle Ages. In fact, even if the Roman had constructed the ancient Menania in such a way that the Flaminia Road was the decuman axis of the town, the town's center is now placed more to the South. In Piazza Silvestri, you absolutely should not miss the Gothic Palace of the Consuls, situated singularly slantwise to the streets, amd the churches of St. Sylvester (1195 d.C.) and St. Michael Arcangel; the fountain which completes the scene of this exceptional public area is, however, an adaptation dating back to the 19th century. Even today, the medieval town portals, even after reconstructive measures such as those of the Porta San Venanzo in 1797, and long stretches of the old town walls, are in a good state of preservation. Other monuments testifying to the more ancient origins of Bevagna are not lacking: the ruins of a temple of the 2nd century A.C. on which the medieval church of the Madonna of the Snow was subsequently erected, the Roman theater (2nd century A.C.) which remains to serve as a foundation for a circular block along the course of the ancient Flaminia Road and the impressive remains of mosaics representing marine animals perhaps belonging to a thermal baths building. Among the most important manifestations taking place in the city we should absolutely mention the Market of the Gaite.

Spello

rises up between Assisi and Foligno, situated on a spur of the Subasio Mountain above a fertile and well-irrigated plain. Among the neighbouring cities, this is surely the one which preserves the major number of monuments testifying to the Roman era; for example, the town walls, which later became the foundations for the medieval walls, the ruins of the theater and the amphitheater, the thermal baths and the splendid town portals Porta Consolare, Porta Urbica and Porta Venere dating back to the Augustean era. In ascent, you'll arrive at the church of St. Mary Maggiore built Between the 11th and 12th centuries, which, even if it can boast a beautiful facade riconstructed with antique materials in 1644 at the same time as other architectonic modificatione were undertaken, guards its most precious treausure inside. In fact, the marvellous Baglioni Chapel is to be found on the left-hand side of the nave. with its paintings by Pinturicchio showing the "Annunciation", the "Nativity" scene and the "Dispute at the Temple", among other frescoes by the same painter which are to be found the chapels under the cross vaults and paintings by Perugino on the pilasters of the entrance to the presbytery. Close by, it is possible to visit the church of St. Andrew (13th century), which contains the painting of the "Madonna and the Saints" by Pinturicchio. Don't forget to take a look at the Town Hall in Piazza della Repubblica with its beautiful ogival portico, and the church of St. Laurence with the remains of the older building dating back to the 12th century. Looking out from the ruins of the Castle (14th century) which is situated on top of the hill, one dominates the valley of the Topino river and all of the surrounding hillside. Just outside of the inhabited area you'll find the Romanic church of St. Claudius and the "Chiesa Tonda" which was built during the Renaissance period in the form of a Greek cross with an octagonal cupola.

Trevi

As with the the greater part of the medieval towns in this area, Trevi rises up on a hill dominating the plain where the river Clitunno flows, between Foligno and Spoleto. One of the most interesting artistic monuments for whoever visits this town is without doubt the church of St. Emiliano of the 12th century, with three apses decorated with pilaster strips and small arches supported by wall-brackets. Inside the church, you'll find the Altar of the Sacrament, a very fine work of art attributed to Rocco of Vicenza (1522). Apart from the church of St. Francis built in the Gothic style and dating back to the 13th century, which contains frescoes of the 14th and 15th centuries, we recommend a visit to the Pinoteca lodged in the Town Hall (15th century), where you can admire a Madonna by Pinturicchio and a Coronation of Mary by Spagna. Being situated slightly outside the town, you'll shortly arrive at the Madonna of the Tears (1487) with a beautiful fresco by Perugino and the Romanic church of St. Peter at Bovara.

Campello sul Clitunno

The town of Campello sul Clitunno is to be found at about 10 km north of Spoleto. Its fame is due more to the bucolic atmosphere of its springs, descrived in the past by poets as important as Vergil and Carducci, than to its artistic works or to the fortified town of Campello Alto. The small Temple of Clitunno (or church of St. Salvatore) is situated near the springs; it is of paleocristian origin and dates back to the 5th century, consisting in a cell with a classical pronao in front. In the neighborhood, the town and the castle of St. Giacomo of Spoleto, the castle of Pissignano and the villa - castle of Lenano, are worth visiting.

 Foligno

Foligno is one of the very few Umbrian cities built in the plain. It rises up on the banks of Topino river where the river erupts into the valley in an area where extensive drainage of the large swamplands took place, first during Roman times, then during the 15th and 16th centuries, and finally in the 19th century. Very probably, the most significant part of one's stay at Foligno is a visit to the Piazza della Repubblica and the adjoining Piazza Duomo. The former, in its present-day appearance, with its elongated shape and the junction of four streets at the corners was planned according to the lay-out popular in the 12th and the 13th centuries for many Umbrian town squares. The Cathedral and the Town Hall, erected between 1262 and 1265, the Pretorio Palace, the Orfini Palace (1515) and the Trinci Palace, which preserves traces of the original beautiful decorations and some rooms with valuable frescoes, look down on the square. More attentive tourists should not leave Foligno without having visited the Romanic church of St. Mary Infraportas and the Abbey of Sassovivo,(actually in restoration) situated at only 6 km's distance from the city center. The former is distinguished, other than by the frescoes dating back to to the 15th and 16th centuries, by its beautiful bell-tower and by its 11th century portico. You'll remember the latter because of its Romanic cloister (13th century), with its 128 slender columms and its mystical atmosphere, typical of Benedictine places of worship. Among the most important manifestations taking place in the city we should absolutely mention the festival Tournement of the Quintana.

Spoleto

Spoleto, even if shows evident traces of the Roman era even in its urban structure, substantially mantains a medieval appearance, due to the period in which it was first a flourishing longobard Duchy, and then an important city within the Papal State. The Arch of Drusus (23 A.C.) to be found near the Romanic church of St. Ansano , the Roman theater, whose construction goes back to the first years of the Empire, and the paleocristian basilica St. Salvatore of the 4th century (at about 1.2 km's distance to the north), are testimonials of Spoleto's earliest origins. Close by, the church St.Gregorio Maggiore,(12th century), characterized by its evocative apsis zone and by the elevated presbitery, a Roman bridge (also called "the Bloody") consisting of three arches in travertine stone blocks and the amphitheater of the 2nd century A.C. can be found. More modern monuments which are as fascinating are the churches of St. Dominic and St. Ponziano, both of which were built during the 12th century. The church of St. Peter is surely of great interest because of its extraordinary bas-reliefs which decorate the facade which dates back to the 12th century. From the area found in front of the church of St. Peter one enjoys a wide panorama which encompasses all of Spoleto until the mighty Bridge of the Towers (ten arches with a total height of 80 meters and 230 meters long), which connects the Castle, which was constructed from 1352 onwards on the orders of the Cardinal Egidio Albornoz according to plans by Matteo Gattaponi, to the runners of the mountain which dominates the city. Monteluco was, in fact, the sacred mountain of the anchorites, who having settled in this zone from the 7th century on, founded the convent of St. Francesco, to be found at about 8 km's distance from the inhabited area, and the church of St. Julian. Without doubt, on the person who has the good luck of visiting these sights, the entire Cathedral complex constructed during the 12th century and caracterized apart from the richness of furnishings of the interior also by the mosaics in the Byzantine style on its facade, and the Romanic church of St.Eufemia will make an unforgettable impression.
Among the most important manifestations taking place in the city we should absolutely mention the festival
Festival of the two Worlds.

Le Grotte di Frasassi

Timetable of Income of the Coves of Frasassi:

From November to February hour following incomes in:
week days: 11.00 - 15.00   -  Sundays, festive days and christmas period:: 9.30 - 11.00 - 12.30 - 15.00 - 16.30 - 18.00
The Saturday:11.00 - 12.30 - 15.00 - 16.30

From March to July and September to October hour following incomes in:
every day: 9.30 - 11.00 - 12.30 - 15.00 - 16.30 - 18.00

To August hour following incomes in:
every day: timetable continued from the 8,00 to the 18,30 every 10 min.

From 20/7 to the 25/8 nocturnal incomes to hours 21,00 and 22.30.

The cove will remain sluice in the days 4 and 25 Decembers, 1 January and last the three weeks of January. The Frasassi Consortium predisposes an adequate number of incomes added to you in function of the demands from part of the tourists. Details and information are available contacting numbers 0732,90090 - 0732,90780 - 0732.97200

  THE PARK OF MOUNTAIN  CUCCO

The Park of Mountain Sports

It is an Apennine mountain system dominated by Monte Cucco (1566 m). Its Umbrian side descends up to via Flaminia, where it is possible to see some important remains of the Roman period. It is the "womb of the Apennines" with a complex hypogean system, karst phenomena, underground waters leading to the civic aqueducts, to the mineral springs and flowing into the River Sentino. The Park is rich in fossils and impaired woods. It is the Park of mountain sports: gliding, speleology, cross-country skiing.

The Territory

The Parco del Monte Cucco includes the northern-eastern territory of the Region Umbria, delimited by the ridge of the Apennines among which Mt. Cucco stands out (meters 1.566), by the historical itinerary along the via Flaminia, by the rivers Sentino and Chiascio.
The population living in the Park does not reach the 7.000 units. In the mountain area the activity exclusively consists of wood and pasture management. The bottom of the valley is mainly used for cultivation, but not with an intensive method.. In the territory of the Park Municipalities there are several small handicraft and manufacturing activities and some welcome structures and restaurants which, together with the high level of the services, assure a pleasant enjoyment of the Park. The most important towns for size and cultural heritage creating the background to the territory of the Cucco are Gubbio in the North and Gualdo Tadino in the South. It is the Park of the subterranean waters and of the mineral springs, of the uncontaminated watercourses, of the intact big beech tree woods, of the karst caves where visitors are not admitted in large groups. It is the Park where the wolf and the golden eagle live. It is the Park characterised by historical centers, minor but rich in cultural and artistic ruins; by the several and charming hermitages of the Benedictines. "The high quality" of the Parco del Monte Cucco makes it the ideal place for the mountain sport practice: gliding, speleology, cross-country skiing, trekking.

The Natural Surroundings

The Apennine chain is characterized in its higher altitudes by beech woods and mountain pastures, by rocky slopes and deep gorges from which the watercourses spring. The mountains gently slope down to an area of high hills still characterized by precious woods and by pastures.
At lower altitudes there are some copses and some cultivation, the via Flaminia and the historical centers, and finally the rivers Sentino and Chiascio. The mountain surroundings are populated by the wolf and, probably, by the wild cat; moreover, there are the fallow deer, the wild boar, the porcupine, the marten, and the hare. There are also some specimens of golden eagle, the hawk, the partridge, the rock partridge, the eagle owl, the kingfisher.
The river crayfish still lives in the high part of the watercourses together with the brown trout.

The History of Man and his Signs

The original Umbrian civilization was replaced in its first expansion by the Roman one and already in 220 BC the censor Caio Flaminio started the building of the via Flaminia to link Roma to the high Adriatic area. Helvillum Vicus (Fossato di Vico), Suillum (Sigillo), Ad Ensem (Scheggia) - respectively Roman federate center, municipium, and Statius - were always in the Roman political and cultural orbit first, and then in the Byzantine one, forming with their territories a piece of the passage that definitively linked Roma to Ravenna despite the pressure of the Longobard dukedoms. Castrum Costacciari (Costacciaro) was built by the Town of Gubbio around 1250 to fortify the eastern town border together with Scheggia; Sigillo and Fossato instead were part of the territory of Perugia that assured to itself, thanks to the passage road, the access to the salt market from the Adriatic Sea. The archaeological finds linked to the via Flaminia are of great importance, conserved in antiquarium, and still visible in their original monumental settlement at the Pontespiano. The historical centers of the four Towns are of great importance for their culture and landscape, rich in walls and defensive towers, in churches, in pictures, in fossils collections, in rare archival documents. In the northern part of the territory there are several Benedictine and Camaldolensian abbeys, and among the most important ones: Sant'Emiliano in Isola Fossara and the Hermitage of San Girolamo in Pascelupo.

The Most Important Environmental Aspects

·         Forra di Rio Freddo
Deep carving marking mainly the eastern border of the Park. It is an imposing gorge which has been dug during the last million of years by the Stream Rio Freddo in the calcareous massif of Lias Inferiore.

·         The Ravine of Balzo dell’Aquila
Deep carving of the liassic limestone of Mt. Catria.

·         Le Lecce
Imposing natural walls of the western slope of the Park, situated immediately above the village of Sigillo.

·         La Muraglia delle Liscarelle
Characteristic white marly-calcareous formations outcropping from ancient detritus and cemented breccias.

·         Corno di Catria
Solemn and spectacular formation of Massive Limestone. Site chosen by several species of avifauna living on the rocks.

·         Pian delle Macinare
Outstanding plateau characterized by karst phenomena, situated at 1135 m a.s.l. Rich in meadows and imposing beaches, an ideal scenario for hikes and cross-country skiing.

·         “Cacuminal” meadows
Seminatural grasslands used as pastures. You can mainly find Gramineae like the Fescue grass and the Brome. In spring, when several flowers bloom, these meadows become a multicolored palette.

·         Subterranean Caves in Valdorbia (Scheggia)
A network of tens of kilometers of great galleries, artificially dug on the left and right bank of the River Sentino in order to obtain marl from cement and lithographic stone.

·         Beech Tree Wood
Centuries-old beech tree woods, like the ones of the Madre dei Faggi near Val di Ranco and the ones, even larger, of Col d’Orlando, of Mt. Le Gronde, of Niccolo, and of Corno di Catria.

·         Valle delle Prigioni
Deep and engraved canyon deriving from the corrosion of the limestone by the stream, a sight for visitors which reaches its climax when the watercourse and the path cross the rocks of Scarpa del Diavolo.

  • Rio Freddo and Rio delle Prigioni
    Rich in clear and pure waters, two main perennial high-mountain watercourses Apennine chain of Umbria and Marche.
    The river Chiascio, the river Sentino, and the river Burano-Metauro, three among the most important watercourses of central Italy.

  • Cave of Mt. Cucco
    Very large subterranean system extending for more than 30 km, and reaching the maximum depth of 923 m. It has been for a long time the largest and deepest karst system in Italy, one of the most important among the known ones.

  • Fossils
    Stone tracks belonging to organisms living in very far geological periods: they are at the same time a great and charming sight offered by nature and an inexhaustible source of study of what happened in the past geological periods.
    Important sites: Valdorbia, Monte Le Gronde, Fonte S.Giglio, la Pignola.

Sport and Environment

The particular geographical, geological, faunistic, and vegetational aspects of the Park favor many activities in the open air. The main activity is without a doubt the excursionism: every year thousands of people go along the more than 120 Km long thick path network, with the "Sentiero Italia" and the "Sentiero Europa 1". Gliding (hang gliding and paragliding) can be practiced in Monte Cucco, thanks to the favorable ascending currents. The huge and fascinating subterranean world of Monte Cucco gives the possibility to practice speleology, while the considerable presence of superficial and subterranean waters running through the gorges and ravines give the possibility to practice canyoning Moreover, it is possible to practice cross-country skiing in Pian delle Macinare, sport fishing along the river Sentino and the stream Rio Freddo, mountain-bike and horse riding excursionism along the several itineraries.
Moreover, the whole Park, thanks to the great environmental variety is a very important place to practice environmental education.

 Science and Entertainment

The main feature of Parco del Monte Cucco is given by its hypogean resources with the homonymous cave system of Mt. Cucco, whose depth goes beyond the 990 meters.
The huge hypogean system can be visited through speleology sports techniques, and in Costacciaro there is a school of Speleology. Mt. Cucco is one of the most panoramic and spectacular places in Central Italy. Thanks to its position as far as the weather conditions, the winds, and the thermal currents are concerned, it is an extraordinary place to practice free flight, in particular hang gliding. There is also a school to learn these sports: the Free Flight University in Sigillo. It is a new structure, both for its welcome service and its didactics.
Pian delle Macinare is one of the few places of the Apennine ridge suitable for cross-country skiing, and also this sport has a structure of assistance in the mountains.

Sport in Park of the Monte Cucco

The geographical, geological, faunistic, vegetational, and landscape position of the Park romotes and favors many activities in the open air, also with strong cultural connotations.

·         Hiking
Hiking involves every year thousands of persons who love going along the many trails of Mt. Cucco and its surroundings. It is without a doubt the most practiced sport. At the moment, it represents the main tourist resource of the Park, also because it is favored by a thick network of marked trails (over 120 km), by the map “Carta dei Sentieri del Parco del Monte Cucco e zone limitrofe” published by Monte Meru, and by refreshment oints in the mountains like Val di Ranco, Pian delle Macinare, Valico di Fossato di Vico. The trail markers have been recently restored, completed, and updated, and the trails have been cleaned up. Moreover, along the Park watershed, from Corno di Catria to Valico di Fossato di Vico, we wukk find both "Sentiero Italia", going along the whole Apennine ridge from Liguria to Calabria, and the Trail E 1 (Europa 1, from Scandinavia to Calabria), marked by FIE and printed on all the local Kompass maps.

·         Free Flight
The favorable orographic and weather conditions of Mt. Cucco massif, as well as the lack in serious obstacles to the alternation of the Atlantic and Balkan currents, transform the Park territory into a very suitable area to practice free flight, in particular hang gliding, since it makes departures and arrivals easier. Mt. Cucco is both an ideal place for beginners and a place where experts can practice at higher levels. In Pian di Monte, as well as at Sella del Culumeo (Val di Ranco), it is possible to take off and to land during the same flight. Val di Ranco, Pian di Monte, La Pianaccia are the main departure points of the area, where you can take off in any wind condition. Mt. Cucco is one of the few locations where national and international competitions of free flight at high technical levels are held. Sigillo is the only municipality in Italy that has housed 7 editions out of 21 of the Hang Gliding Open Championships. In this municipality, an international competition is regularly held, "Il Trofeo Monte Cucco", to which several foreign national teams take place; here the Hang Gliding World Championships was held (for the first time in 1999). There are associations dealing with hang gliding educational activities and qualified federal instructors organizing residential and weekend courses.

  • Speleological Activities

Speleological activity does not only mean sport and entertainment, but also geographical and scientific research and has in Mt. Cucco a centuries-old tradition. Generations of naturalists have had their first suggestions by descending into the great Cave known all over the world. And there is no field of naturalistic research that cannot be applied to the subterranean world of Cucco: geology, karst phenomena, hydrology, mineralogy, paleontology, paleoethnology, fauna, flora, meteorology, chemistry, physics, human biology.

·         Canyoning
Canyoning, that is the descent along streams set in gorges and ravines, by using techniques mixing progression in caves, in the mountains, and underwater (a discipline which was born in Mt. Cucco with the first descents of the 50s and 60s to the Ravine of Rio and the Ravine of Balzo dell’Aquila). Especially in summer, several visitors practice canyoning in the Park, above all in the Ravine of Rio Freddo (over 3 km long and with a difference in height of 350 m) and a paradise for people loving this young discipline of mountain climbing. The descent is made easier and safe thanks to a series of artificial anchorage to fasten and make the progression ropes slide, above any waterfall or rapid.
Anchorages are constantly checked and maintained.

·         Horse-riding
Minor roads represented by trails, mule tracks, cart roads, dirt carriage roads in the Park and its surrounding areas, generally with a good bottom, compact and not bumpy, are all elements promoting a funny and safe horse-riding practice.

·         Mountain Bike
The same can be said for the activity with mountain bikes, which on Mt. Cucco and in the surrounding valleys find ideal places for tours of different length and difficulty.

·         Sport Fishing
In the municipal territory of Scheggia-Pascelupo, along the River Sentino and the Stream Rio Freddo, you can practice sport fishing.

·         Cross-country Skiing
Given the climate, often influenced by the cold continental-balkan currents, the Park territory is subject to intense snowfalls which leave for many days a thick blanket of snow, also at low altitudes. For this reason, some areas of the mountain plateaus are particularly suitable to practice cross-country skiing, both for experts and beginners. Pian delle Macinare (1135 m), above Costacciaro, is one of these areas, without a doubt the most suitable and known. Here, by using the mountain hut as a shelter and welcome point, cross-country skiing has been practiced and organized for several years.

 For information: You can obtain information on: educational, sports, and recreational activities held in the Park. In particular, you can find information on the weather forecasts, snowfalls, and practicability of the ski tracks, on the state of anchorages in caves and ravines, on the water conditions, both in the surface and in caves, on hiking, educational, speleological initiatives, on nature, speleology, and training courses, on the events linked to the particular activities organized by the Park, on the visits to the museums and exhibitions by contacting:

 

 

 

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    Escursioni alla Grotta di Monte Cucco

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    Percorsi TREKKING del Parco del Monte Cucco

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