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Hermitage of St. Benedict

CAVES AND HERMITAGES
Coord. WGS84 N 43°08'33,71" E 12°56'21,86"

In the valleys and around mountains that surround the country, there are still numerous remains of settlements or shelter that housed monks and monks in ancient times. In the Valley of the Hermit, so called by the presence of an ancient hermitage, located between the mountains Vermenone and Linguaro existed since the Middle Ages a small monastic settlement of Benedictine monks-related.
In 1300 this structure was inhabited by monks as, in the collection of tithes was happening at the time, it was appointed by the name of Heremita Legnarie and also there was a prior call Simonetto.

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The Ridge of Mount Cimaiolo and Mount Gualdo

Loop Path

Total distance: 9.8km
Overall altitude difference: 575m
Initial altitude: 485m
Time to complete route: 4h30
Difficulty: (E)
Main aspects of interest: environment/landscape
Departure/Arrival: Sefro

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Scurosa Valley – Mount Camorlo Ring

Loop Path

Total distance: 14.3km
Overall altitude difference: 720m
Initial altitude: 600m
Time to complete route: 6h30
Difficulty: (E)
Main aspects of interest: environment/landscape
Departure/Arrival: Sefro

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The Montelago Ring

Ring Path

Total distance: 10.9km
Overall altitude difference: 380m (520m if you go up to Mount Igno)
Initial altitude: 1017m
Time to complete route: 2-5h
Difficulty: (T/E)
Main aspects of interest: environment/landscape
Departure/Arrival: Salegri pass (Sefro)
Notes: This route takes you high up to look out over the area. You will explore part of the Montelago basin, see the Mount Castellaro trench and the megaliths of Fonte Forno, observe the area from the peat bog near Fonte Vino, cross the Varano cut, and go around the padulo. Let yourself go!

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Mount Camorlo Ring

Ring Path

Total distance: 16,5 km
Overall altitude difference: 1000 m
Initial altitude: 600m
Time to complete route: 6h
Difficulty: (EE)
Main aspects of interest: environment/landscape
Departure/Arrival: Scurosa valley refuge

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The cave of Brother Bernard (from Sorti)

Ring Path

Total distance: 7km
Overall altitude difference: 364m
Initial altitude: 650m
Time to complete route: 3h30
Difficulty: (T)
Main aspects of interest: environment/landscape/history
Departure/Arrival: Sefro

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Mount Linguaro Ring – Sepolcro Springs – Scurosa Valley

Ring Path

Total distance: 15km
Overall altitude difference: 983m
Initial altitude: 500m
Time to complete: 6h
Difficulty: (E)
Main aspects of interest: environment/landscape
Departure/Arrival: Sefro 

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Mount Primo Ring

Ring Path

Total distance: 11.5km
Overall altitude difference: 757m
Initial altitude: 544m
Time to complete route: 4h30
Difficulty: (E)
Main aspects of interest: environment/landscape
Departure arrival: village of Agolla (Sefro area)

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Mount Cesito Ring

Ring Path

Total distance: 5km
Overall altitude difference: 540 m (to the peak of Mount Cesito) or 350 m (excluding the peak)
Initial altitude: 500 m
Time to complete route: 3h 30 min (to the peak of Mount Cesito)
Difficulty: (E.E.)
Main aspects of interest: environment/landscape
Departure/Arrival: Sefro
Warning: In the last part of the route, towards the peak of Mount Cesito, there are some difficult passages that require the use of the hands, and at some points you are exposed. The route is equipped with steel cables. Those who suffer from vertigo or who do not handle exposure well should avoid the route.

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Monumental specimen of beech tree (Fagus sylvatica) along the valley of “Laverinello”

Coordinates  (wgs84): 328341 m E – 4776580 m N.

 

Motivation: Monumental specimen.

 

Description: A centuries-old beech (Fagus sylvatica) placed near a drinking through. In the past it was common to let some trees grow near the places where the livestock took a break, in order to offer shelter tp the animals during the hottest hours of the day. This big monumental specimen is an element of great importance and characterizes the agro-silvo-pastoral landscape of the council territory.

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Beech forest (Fagus sylvatica) of Mount Pennino with presence of holly (Ilex aquifolium).

Coordinates  (wgs84): 333 T 329114 m E – 4773612 m N.

 

Motivation: Species of high biological interest.

 

Description: The beech wood (Fagus sylvatica) or "faggeta", typical of the mountain plane of the Apennines, is widespread in the Central Apennines at elevations between 900/1000 and 1700/1800 meters.

In the underwood of this site there is presence of holly, an evergreen tree that grows on shady areas, not affected by sudden changes in temperature, with moist soil, rich in organic matter and minerals. Holly is indicated as a characteristic species of the habitat of priority Community interest "9210-Apeninne beech forests with Taxus and Ilex" (Council Directive 92/43/CEE).

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Beech forest (Fagus sylvatica) of Mount Pennino with presence of large-leaved lime (Tilia platyphyllos).

Coordinates  (wgs84): 33 T 329004 m E – 4773954 m N.

 

Motivation: Species of high biological interest.

 

Description: The beech wood (Fagus sylvatica) or "faggeta", typical of the mountain plane of the Apennines, is widespread in the Central Apennines at elevations between 900/1000 and 1700/1800 meters. The beech wood has been recognized as an habitat of priority Community interest "9210 – Beech forests of the Apennines with Taxus and Ilex (Council Directive 92/43/EEC).

 

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Dry grasslands consisting of sesleria of the Apennines (Sesleria juncifolia), on the ridge of Mount Pennino.

Coordinates  (wgs84): 33 T 329114 m E – 4773612 m N.

 

Motivation: Species of phytogeographic and/or environmental interest.

 

Description: Holly (Ilex aquifolium) is an evergreen tree or shrub species, with a range that covers west-central and south-eastern Europe, the Western coast of Scandinavia, the British Islands and North-Western Africa. In Italy it is present in all regions, with particular frequency in the South Central Italy.

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Erect rye semimesophilous pasture (Bromus erectus) with orchid blooming, located on the top of Mount Pennino

Coordinates  (wgs84): 33 T 328620 m E – 4773468 m N.

 

Motivation: Vegetation of high biological value.

 

Description: The beech wood (Fagus sylvatica) or "faggeta" typical of the mountain plane of the Apennines is widespread in the Central Apennines at elevations between 900/1000 and 1700/1800 meters. The beech wood has been recognized as an habitat of priority Community interest "9210 – Beech forests of the Apennines with Taxus and Ilex (Council Directive 92/43/EEC).

On Mount Pennino the beech wood is enriched by the presence of large-leaved lime (Tilia platyphyllos), a deciduous tree, rather rare in Marche Region, where it grows on the high hill and low mountain planes, inside ravines or tight valleys, in isolated specimen or in cluster of trees. It sprouts on humid, deep and fertile soils.

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  • percorsi acqua

    The abundance of water and waterfalls has favored the industrial, agricultural and pastoral development of marcamontana, land extending in the valleys of two of the most important rivers of the region, thePotenza and the Esino. . Paths punctuated by sources, troughs and springs, caves and shelters were the centuries of comfort to shepherds and pilgrims. On a visit to Varano of Camerino during his pilgrimage to the holy places, Isabella d'Este in her letters is defined enchanted by the nature of places and by the works of man.

    In the waters and in the breeding of these valleys wallowing the Fario Trout whose habitat is guaranteed not only by a pristine environment, but by the great attention that "trout-farmer" of Sefro and Fiuminata reserve to a fish that lives in fresh water, clear, well-oxygenated , rocky bottoms, rocky or gravelly. It takes about 2 years for one of these trout reaches 200 grams of weight, the minimum order to be marketed: it is appreciated for the quality of the meat, more tender, delicate and firm compared to other breeds. The trout can be caught, buy, and can also enjoy in combination with other jewelry of these lands such as truffles and shrimp (to taste stewed, grilled, sauce for pasta dishes) that you caught in large numbers in Pioraco, Fiuninata, Sefro in the nights of the full moon of August and September in the tributaries of Potenza where the water is clear and calm.

  • aree verdi protetteSome areas of the" Comunità Montana Zona H" have been reported since the 70's by the Italian Botanical Society in the "Census of habitats of special interest vegetation worthy of preservation in Italy":  Fonte delle Bussare; Piani di Montelago; Monte San Vicino; Grotte di Sant'Eustachio and Valle dei Grilli (cones ruins of the hermitage, partly dug into the rock. going back to the eleventh century); Gole di Pioraco: Valle di San Pietro, with lush forests that hide the gorge through which the raw of Esino waters;  Valley Scurosa, still partly wild, and the Monte Pennino and his pastures summit, have for years been recognized as Floristic Protected Areas of the Marche Region (LR n. 52 of 30 December 1974), considered in all respects Botanical reserves.

  • boschi

    Marcamontana is a territory intact and full of vital ecosystems that also offers the unique possibility of a tour of ancient trees.

    Beech and pine woodss dominate quantitatively species of flora that you meet along the trails. Beech forest of tall trees in the upper part of Scurosa Valley, along a path in which the pitches are also visible (called, in fact, carbonare) that were burned cooked;

    beech trees in the stretch that leads to the Forca di Bara and secular beeches along the forest road that leads to Macchia Lori;

    Whether coppice interrupt the path 222 between the pastures ranging from Serripola in Stigliano.

    The largest beech of the secular beech woods of Piani Cafaito, near San Severino Marche, is simply monumental: 6 m in diameter and 25 in height.

  • goleThe nature trail "Li Vurgacci" winds through the gorge Pioraco formed by the river Potenza. Unspoiled nature where you will come across waterfalls and fountains, where you can see Roman ruins and so-called "monsters" carved into the rock, and that goes up to the viewpoint "The Cross". A cliff of the Gorge Pioraco is available for climbing. Suggestive to visit, is the gorge of Jana attainable also by bike through the charming small town of Braccano from where you continue along a ditch which is a real naturalistic particularity: it is crossed by a spring through the summer and part of the winter.

  • la rocciaIn Fiuminata the climbing was the first to be opened in the Marche region for climbing: it has 60 routes of ascent from 4 to '8 degree. In the Gola di Pioraco there is a cliff that has over 50 shots ranging from 4 + to '8b. The climbing is mostly technical, since in most cases of vertical plates or slightly overhanging: need good fingers and tight shoes.

  • la rocciaTo be as close as possible to God is required to be away from the world and its temptations: caves and ravines of the land are the places chosen or built by hermits (but also stonemason) on the routes and the ancient settlements and rich spirituality of the shepherds. It was the Vatican itself to strengthen this practice: it replaced to that of the genius loci of the pagan cult of Michael the Archangel, pure spirit that hovers in the caves in the woods as a warrior who fights the insidious evil at every step. In the footsteps of the monks of hermits walk the paths 205 (San Severino) and 229 (Pioraco), we arrive at Valle Dell'Elce (Gagliole) along the path 224. and you go looking for mystical atmosphere that allowed Santa Sperandia and Sam Vittorino live in penance between these limestones.

  • pineteMarcamontana, full of vital ecosystems, it also offers the unique possibility of a tour of ancient trees, beech and pine forests dominate the flora of the trails. Vast pine forests meet along the paths 206, 207 and 222 in the town of San Severino Marche and through the pine forest of Monte Verde and a copse that you get from Treia Castle Pitino. There are the source and staging area for a relaxing break in the pine forest of the Sentiero delle Rocche, while the Pineta Empire is a must to head to one of the most interesting lookout point, where you can enjoy the view of Pioraco and valleys of Potenza and Scarsito. Finally, it is through the path that winds through the hills of Monte Gemmo and a dense pine forest that reaches Fonticelle overcoming the gap between the floor of the lake and the final part of the Gola di Pioraco.

  • alberi secolariA territory intact and full of vital ecosystems that also offers the possibility of a tour eccezionalIe between ancient trees. A Castelraimondo two specimens of Roverella (Quercus pubescens Willd): one is in the house of Lanciano (4.6 m diameter x 15 m in height), the other on the floor Rustano (4.3 m diameter x 16 m in height). Roverelle also Matelica (House Foscola, exemplary of 4 m diameter x 15 m in height) and Treia (Location San Marco Vecchio). The latter as well as being the largest (6 m ​​diameter x 23 m in height) seems to have made shade even to Garibaldi. Finally the largest beech of the secular beech-wood of Piani di Canfaito, near San Severino, is 6m in diameter and 25 in height.

  • lezioni verdiThe unique geological nature and the extraordinary ecosystem of Marcamontana allow you to take an interesting educational informative tour between the Natural History Museum and Environmental Education Center in Gagliole. You can book, among other things, guided tours integrated teaching moments (including days with experts for the direct observation of the fossiliferous outcrops in Valle dei Grilli and Valle Dell'Elce and, research and recognition of fossils in the original simulated area. In Pioraco Fossil Museum and Museum of paper and Watermark, with a stop at the fulling for making paper according to the ancient technique. Esanatoglia for, visual journey across the sky complicit in the absence of pollution spot light astronomical observatory operated by Astrosearch AESA.

  • rifugi pascoliFor a unique experience, where the car has a marginal role, Marcamontana proposes to go to the fields, as pilgrims and shepherds who,  in their marches towards the places of worship and montan pastures, used the consular roads. The first for the lines still in use others driving the cattle to the grassy corridor that ran alongside. Hikers and transhumant clambering for grassy paths in search of pastures and lonely holy places where the popular devotion indicated the presence of holy personages were often attributed by virtue of divination. Among others, is completely grassy the path European E1 from the plain of Colfiorito, through Valley of Grilli the Bocchetta and Valley Scurosa, comes to Sefro and continue in the direction Fiuminata, Spindoli then goes back to the sources of Potenza under the Pass Cornello.

  • i montiFrom the Adriatic to the Sibillini, Marcamontana is a series of urban and natural landscapes evocative and unparalleled, to be enjoyed even during tours on horseback or bicycle. Going to Monte Stinco between the extraordinary natural beauty there is also the viewpoint of the Mulari Hut. From the path that moves from Fiuminata to Fonticelle, you can see Pioraco and valleys of Potenza and Scarsito. Going from Castel Santa Maria, obligatory stop at the panoramic balcony open on the valleys of Matelica (also simply magnificent from San Vicino), and Sefro Fiuminata. During the leisurely stroll through the meadows until Forca of Bara, the look is opened in each direction on an extraordinary scenery: to the east to the valley Scurosa and the mountains Stinco and Camorloto the west to the valley Laverino, south to the Gran Sasso of Italy.


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