From € 350.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
Discover the dramatic landscape of Sibillini National Park and the surrounding Le Marche countryside during this self-guided walking holiday to Italy.
With peaks over 2,000 metres, flower filled plateaux, the rolling hills below, and many medieval villages, this part of the Appenines offers a wide variety to be explored on foot.
During your walking holiday you'll stay in a beautifully renovated farm house. Your holiday accommodation lies on the edge of the Sibillini National Park, and only 2 kilometers from the characterful historic town of Sarnano. Walk along the ancient, cobbled streets that wind up through piazzas and along medieval churches.
Your accommodation for this self-guided walking holiday to Italy are self-catering apartments. They are part of a tastefully restored traditional Italian farmhouse and all apartments have spacious bedrooms, a bathroom with shower, and a well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, fridge, oven, hob, pans, crockery and cutlery.
Other facilities include extensive gardens with a large swimming pool, a covered courtyard, and pizza oven and BBQ available for guests. All apartments have access to the farmhouse's central movie, book and music library, and there is wireless internet access in all the apartments.
During your walking holiday you can freely pick organic fruit, vegetables and herbs growing in the garden (specially for guests). The nearby medieval Italian town of Sarnano has a wealth of delicatesse shops where you can buy local produce such as cheese, cured meat, fresh bread and Italian wines.
Sibillini National Park and Italy's Le Marche region are a very good walking holiday destination. You'll find a network of walking trails and old mule tracks in the area and there is a wide variety of walking available for all abilities.
For a more gentle Italy walking holiday you can choose to go on circular walks starting from your accommodation. These self-guided walks range from 2 to 30 kilometres and are generally easy or only moderately challenging. Most circular walks follow white unmade roads through the ancient medieval villages of the Monti Azzuri or Blue Mountains. You'll be walking along the rivers and rolling hills around Sarnano and most walks pass by a local osteria or trattoria for essential refuelling. All walking routes have wide views of the mountains and several routes take you into Sibillini National Park.
If you prefer a self-guided mountain walking holiday, you'll find a large variety of hikes in the Sibillini National Park. These circular walks range from moderate walking to challenging hiking and trekking. There are walks along the mountain ridges at 2,000 metres with views of the Adriatic Sea to the East and Umbria to the West. Others routes follow the many gorges that thread their way through the mountains. Where possible, the walks pass by mountain refuges which are open for lunches or a drink in the Summer or at weekends in Spring and Autumn.
These are a few example walks you can do during your self-guided walking holiday to Siblinni National Park and the Le Marche region in Italy. Your walking programme will be tailor-made based on your requirements, interests and wishes.
Walk 1 - Hike 16km (5hrs) from the villa to Lagi di san Ruffino, a moderate walk in the blue mountains area behind the villa towards the town of Amandola and the Lake that is created in Spring each year when the river Tenna is dammed, the lake is home to many wild birds and a deer park.
Walk 2 - Hike 20km, moderate to hard. Golla del Infernaccio - Hells gorge - is one of Italy's most impressive and slices through the Sibillini Mountains all the way to Umbria. You will follow the river bed for an hour before ascendinbg to a hermitage where a cappucian monk has been living as a hermit for over 30 years. He single-handedly built a church here. Beyond this you scale Monte Amandola and with its views to the sea 60km away. The hike returns back through dramatic wooded limestone gorges.
Walk 3 - Walking in the foothills around Medieval Sarnano, a more gentle walk of about 12 km that takes you from the Villa round the foothills, farms and agricultual hinterland in this part of Le Marche.
Walk 4 - 23km (7hrs) climbing from 1000m to the highest peak Monte Vettore (2500m) in the Sibillini Mountain range. The hike takes you from the ancikent village of Foce along demanding alpine paths and through rare flora and fauna. You will stop at the glacial lake Lago Pilato where legend has it Pontius Pilate drowned himself after the crucifixion of Jesus.
Walk 5 - Fratte Rosse 15km (5 hours), another gorge walk that takes you along a river valley at around 1000m and up past a hermitage and monastery to mountain pastures under the gaze of wheeling hawks and Eagles above. In Winter this area is also home to a ski resort.
Walk 6 - Fargno & the 4 peaks 16km (6 hrs). This walk starts from the highest Sibillini mountain refuge (1800m) that has views across to Tuscany on one side and the Adriatic Sea on the other. The walk skirts the side of the first mountains and up 400metres to Tre Vescovi and 3 of the other highest peaks (2300m) in Central Italy; whilst the views are stunning the climb is only moderate as the climb enables walkers to remain at high altitude on safe ridges throughout the day.
Walk 7 - Tre Santi & Piobbico Sanctuary (15km) (6hrs). This walk starts at Piobbico Sanctuary 4 km outside the medieval town of Sarnano and heads up through the woods of the Tre Santi valley, one of the gorges that cut into the Sibillini Mountains. After walking through ancient holm oak forest for a couple of hours you enter pasture covered with wild strawberries and raspberries at Pintura, a tiny ski resort. After a stop for Lunch at the Mountain ristorante you'll head down a track to Garulla and then back to Sarnano using old farm tracks.
7 January - 7 May - 8 days/7 nights - from € 350.- per person based on 2 people sharing
28 May - 24 June - 8 days/7 nights - from € 428.- per person based on 2 people sharing
25 June - 2 September - 8 days/7 nights - from € 525.- per person based on 2 people sharing
3 - 30 September - 8 days/7 nights - from € 428.- per person based on 2 people sharing
1 October - 16 December - 8 days/7 nights - from € 350.- per person based on 2 people sharing
17 December - 7 January - 8 days/7 nights - from € 428.- per person based on 2 people sharing
The normal starting day for this self-guided walking holiday to Italy is Saturday, but your hosts aim to be flexible, especially outside the high season. Discounts are available if you come with more than two people sharing accommodation. Next to self-guided walking your hosts also offer several other activities such as truffle hunting, volunteer archeological digging and excavations at the Roman ruins at Urbisaglia, and art and craft activities such as mosaic, green wood working or art and icon painting. Please contact the holiday provider, through the contact form, for more information.
Self-guided walking holiday
Board basis: Self-catering
From € 350.- / 8 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing
7 nights self-catering accommodation, free pick your own organic vegetables and herbs from the villa's garden, detailed walking itineraries
All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.
May - November
Villa San Raffaello
Sharon & Damien
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