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Sibillini National Park, Conero park & lakes in Le Marche, Italy

only a short drive from the Villa and you will feel like being transported in to another world,

from the spectacular rolling countryside to a more dramtic natural beauty, the impressive mountain countryside remains unscathed and the scenery is breathtaking and spellbinding in all seasons.

Mountain backdrop from the Villa and swimming pool

The central Apennnines mountain range, also seen from the Villa

and swimming pool area, divides the western border of the

Le Marche with Umbria. Whilst relaxing by the panoramic

swimming pool you will enjoy admiring the mountain backdrop,

as the weather constantly changes throughout the day.

It's a thirty minute drive to the foothills of the Sibillini, where

you'll find many historic villages and places to visit,

each celebrating their local traditions, historic events,

sagra's and village fates throughout the year.


Lakes and reservoirs

30 minutes to a nature trail at lake San Ruffino - Take a half day around a man-made reservoir, offering beautiful relax scenery, listen to the sounds and smell the scents of nature. You will

see lizards, frogs, toads, dragon fly's, various kinds of bird's and perhaps a snake or a small deer,

 that are now being bred as part of a re-population programme. Take a picnic or have lunch

at an Agriturismo beside the water, taste the local wild boar pasta or typical cured meats

and cheeses from the inland area.

There are two other lakes to discover, 'Fiastra' and 'Gerosa' and they are both an hours drive.

1 hour - Lago di Fiastra - you can hire padloes and canoes, or just relax by the water's edge or   take a bracing swim in the cold yet clear water. It's lovely after a while. It's also a very      popular spot for fishing, water sports, camping, families and walking around the lake.

1 hour - Lago di Gerosa - The lake has a grassy bank just off the main road, an ideal picnic spot.

There are some nice walks and you'll be rewarded with lovely views of the lake and the valley.

    

Lago di Pilato is 2000m A.S.L and can be reached on foot, starting at 1000m in Foce (50 mintues),

or by driving around the mountain range and reaching it from higher up, on the Umbrian border.

From Foce it's takes 3 to 4 hours and again 3-4 hours on your return, so an early start is wise

with a light bag, camera and remember to bring a picnic with plenty of drinking water.

Note: The mountain weather can be quite changeable so a fold away jacket is also a good idea.

The Sibillini National Park comprises of sandy marl rocks, thick woodland and splendid water falls.

For further information refer the sibillini national park, sibillini.net and conero park website's.


Smerillo & Sarnano

The small well preserved village of Smerillo (left - 30 minutes) is another jewel in the area, where you can visit the museum of fossils and learn about the local geographical area and Le Marche.

Sarnano (right- 60 minutes) is an Orange flag town, meaning it has been well preserved from modernisation and still remains intact.

Amandola & Montefortino

Reach the foothills and town of Amandola (left) in 40 minutes,

and Montefortino (right) in 50 mintues. The dramtic scenery around the hilltop locations of each town is well worth the drive and you

are rewarded with many great photographic spots, historic buildings and rolling patchwork countryside fading away to the Adriatic coast.

Gola dell infernaccio - 1 hour drive

This is one of the most beautiful and easy walks through the Sibillini national park,

this limestone gorge is near Montefortino and is a good choice for children.

It takes about 3-4 hours to walk the complete round trip, which is about 9km long.

 

Along the route you will see many waterfalls and then pass through the gorge up on to the

higher parts and also visit a church built by a hermit, who has lived alone here since 1971.


Conero - Trails / Paths

Walkers and mountain bikers can discover 18 Conero signed paths, dominated by the typical Mediterranean vegetation which consist in pines, oaks, broom, rare lavender fields,

 the purple lock and scented fennel.

 

The walks on foot, horseback or mountain bike can be made with the aid of walker’s guide and path signs

or accompanied by park guides.

 

The easy paths (facile) are also good fun to take the children along, yet beware not to venture on to the 2nd path.

This is only for very experienced hikers and walker alone, with shear cliffs.

Fauna and wildlife of the Conero natural park

The wildlife and lots of different habitats make up the Conero natural park: coastline, woods, rivers, lakes, agricultural land, hills

and it's beaches. It is this feature that accounts for the presence of different species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
Among the park mammal species there are dormice, foxes, ferrets, badgers, weasels, hedgehogs and hares. However, encounters

with these animals are very rare due to their nocturnal feeding habits. The hares, quails, badgers, and skunks, hide from their predators, ferrets, foxes and common owls in the Mediterranean undergrowth on the hills.

 

The members of the amphibian family include the rare yellow -bellied toad the emerald toad, the green frog, the warted gecko and lots of different species of snake. In recent years 200 species have been counted between permanent, winter and migratory birds.
The headland is an important landmark in the flight path for migrating birds (falcons, eagles, storks etc.) that pass twice yearly on their route for North Africa and Northern Europe and for the Adriatic crossing to and from the Balkans.

 

The Park Authority has promoted the preservation and protection of the peregrine falcon and has been chosen as the symbol of the Park.
The Park woods and clearings are home to pheasants, hoopoes, jays, doves and wood pigeons.. There are also large colonies of

pale swifts and greater swifts. The Conero is their Northern most point for nesting along the Adriatic coast.


The Portonovo lake pools are also home to a small, rare, fresh water crustacean.