The experience for those visiting the Park becomes truly unforgettable also in terms of culture. The Monti Sibillini National Park includes the highest mountain range of the Umbria-Marche Appenines and its highst peak Mount Carries,reaches the 2479 meters above the sea level while its many counties are distributed between Umbria and Marche.
The mountain range is very impressive and has a wild and rugged landscape where there are many peaks over 2000 metres high: Mount Carrier, Monte Priora , Monte Bove, Monte Sibilla and others. Being of limestone, the rock is shaped by karst and glacial phenomena, with other sheer cliffs, deep gorges valleys and vast grasslands.
Lake Pilate at the foot of Mount Carrier remains to testify that ancient glaciations in the Quaternary have been affected the territory of the park. The karst phenomena are highlighted by numerous sinkholes, caves and sinkholes.
Of great interest are the gorges carved out by the waters,such as those of the Gorges dell’Infernaccio or Del Fiastrone Gorges.
The vegetation is very rich,influenced by the morphology of the area,and typically presents Appenine.
The local fauna is very interesting although in historical times have been extinct species,such as bears,lynx,otter,deer and griffin. However,are still present and in the second half many species of considerable conservation interest such as wolves,wild cats and porcupines while very common are the Appenine chamois, roe deer and wild boar.
The birdlife counts among raptors eagles,nesting in at least four sites, buzzard, peregrine falcon, the owl the sparrow hawk,the goshawk,kestrel,tawny owl and some rare specimen of eagle owl.
There are also the rock patridge,the Alpine cough and coral,the snow finch and the rare dotterel.Among the reptiles to emphasize the presence of the meadow viper (which here reaches its northern limit of its range of diffusion) and the Austrian coronella.
As for amphibians include the spotted salamander,the spectacled salamander and the yellow-bellied toad in.The rivers the stretches most intact,still populated by trout Apennine by scozzone and crayfish species unfortunately more and more rare. Finally remember the chirocefalo Marchesonii,one crustacean in the world which only lives in Lake of Pilate.
These mountains are mine of ancient legends that give them an aura of mistery,the most famous are related to “Illustrious Prophetess Sibilla who lived in the homonymous mountain cave and that of Pilate,according to which the body of the dying Roman procurator he was dragged by some buffaloes in the waters of the’demonic’ lake located in one of the highest valleys of Mount Carries.
The almost lunar landscape which can be reached starting from Frontignano with a path of more than 4 hours you should not miss.
Another place not to miss is the o e where there is the Sanctuary of Macereto, in the hills above Visso, about 1000 metres above sea level.It is a religious complex,near which once sood the castle of Fiastra accounts. It represents the greatest expression of the Renaissance Architecture ‘500 in the Marche.
Continuing toward the hinterland,we are facing a real show:the lake of Fiastra.
ALtough it is an artificial lake,its waters are in every season of the year of its clear,in which are reflected the peaks of the surrounding mountains.From there you can reach the picturesque dell’Acquasanta Valley with its beautiful waterfalls amd the Bear Cave.
The National Park of Monti Sibillini has obtained evaluation positive by EUROPARC FEDERATION and is therefore recognized by the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas.
The houses of the Park and Environmental Education Centers are available to visitors to provide the information needed to fully live your experience in the Sibillini Mountains.