Activities and Wildlife
Summer & Winter Sports in the Sibillini Mountains
Trekking is a favourite activity throughout the Monti Sibillini area, and is made relatively easy with marked trails and guided tours (provided by the Case del Parco). Particularly interesting are some of the themed tours, like that known as dello Zafferano, because it was the ancient route travelled by those that brought saffron from Abruzzo.
The best way to experience the park is by walking, cycling or horse riding, and if you’re up for a challenge there’s Il Grande Anello dei Sibillini (The Great Sibylline Ring), 120km of signposted footpaths that take nine days to walk, or four to five days to cover by mountain bike.
Rock-climbing structures are also abundant within the Park, mostly on the northern slopes of Monte Bove.
Given its morphology and unique environmental conditions as shaped by the atmospheric currents, the Park is also a haven for hang-gliding and paragliding. Beyond skiing in the winter season, the rivers of the Forca Canapine area are great for rafting and canyoneering. Not only, but mountain bikers can explore the numerous and diverse dimensions of the park, by way of marked bike paths.
Wildlife & Vegetation
Here is a brief selection of the wide range of creatures you may see on your visit:
For the avid bird watcher there are in excess of 150 species of birds ranging from the Eurasian eagle owl, golden eagle, peregrine falcon, goshawk, sparrow hawk, the rock partridge, peregrine, the eagle owl, wall creeper, snow finch to Alpine chough and accentors. Mammals include the Roe deer, wild boar, viper, crested porcupine,wild mountain cat, wolf, chamois, brown bear, pine martens, snow voles including Short-toed Tree-creepers.
The most common indigenous tree is the beech, but there are also the hornbeam and hop hornbeams, manna ash, turkey oak, holm oak and downy oak, chestnut and sycamore maple.
In the extensive grasslands, grazed by sheep, you can find a wealth of wild flowers, of which there are 1,800 different types!
Among them you may see: Edelweiss, Yellow Alpine Pasque flower,Moss campio, martagon lily, bearberry and various orchids.