Sibillini Mountain: Villages & Towns

Below you will find a list of Sibilini Mountain Villages and Towns arranged according to the distance from Montefiore dell'Aso (from closest to furthest).

 

Montefalcone is a small, picturesque village (470 inhabitants) . The historic centre is mainly medieval, built from local stone and perched on high ridge 757 m a.s The village has two churches dating from the 14th century and offers  stunningly beautiful vistas onto the Sibillini mountains.

 

The town was founded in 1248 and is named after the almond trees which grow here. It sits on a hill 550m above sea level with stunning views. This town also has an interesting wartime history when the local people risked their lives to protect a small Jewish group fleeing the Nazis.

 

Montefortino is  also a hilltop medieval town with stupendous views of the Sibilline mountain peaks. It was originally a Roman outpost, but the medieval walls were constructed in the 13th century. Its streets built in semi-circles around a medieval centre.There are several beautiful old churches, and there is also an art gallery in the magnificent 16th century Palazzo Leopardi.

 

Montemonaco  is a walled medieval village of 800 inhabitants, 1,000 m above sea level, settled by Benedictine monks around the 10th century. There's a cobbled square with panoramic terrace, a few restaurants, churches, bakery and a couple of shops. Definitely worth a visit to unwind , have a bite and soak in the atmosphere.

 

San Ginesio is a delightful small town with a strong medieval stamp and breath-taking views of the mountains. The central square is named after its most famous 16th century ancestor, Alberico Gentili, who was a professor of Law at Oxford University and is credited with being one of the founding fathers of the modern principles of International law. Again there are many ancient churches and palazzos, and an art gallery containing paintings by local 15th and 16th century painters.

   

Click here for more info on Alberico Gentili

 

Sarnano is renowned for being one of the most beautiful of the many hilltop villages in this area,with well-preserved buildings in the town centre dating back as far as 1265. There are many lovely churches here, and the locals pride themselves on their excellent local cuisine.

 

This lies at a height of 3,281 above sea level, and has an impressive Renaissance church and religious complex built between 1528 and 1538  around a smaller 14tth century chapel. It is located in the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, province of Macerata.

 

Visso is the home of the park’s headquarters and is set among wooded hills at the convergence of five river valleys. It was first settled 900 years before Rome was founded.

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