Sibillini National Park and Mount Vettore Hike

Sibillini National Park is a located between Umbria and Marche on the east coast of Italy. This mountain range, part of the central Apennines, is beautiful for a visit. This is an excellent park to drive through for its scenery. There is a great hike, to the summit of Mount Vettore, it’s tallest peak. The best time to visit is between May and July when the flowers are blooming.

Near the Summit, Mt. Vettore, Sibillini National Park, ItalyNear the Summit of Mt. Vettore, Sibillini National Park, Italy

 

Places to See:

Lake Fiastra

This beautiful turquoise lake is a popular summer retreat. Perfect for a swim!

Fiastra, Italy

Fiastra, Italy

 

Visso 

The main town in Sibillini has a small market and shops. This is a great place to stock up on some groceries or stop for lunch.

 

Castelluccio

A charming village that rises up above this stunning valley and is filled with flower fields. Mount Vettore looms over at the end of the valley. This is great place to stop for lunch or have a coffee and walk around the village before setting off to hike Mount Vettore.

 

Sibillini National Park, Italy

Valley Near Castellucia

Castellucio, Italy - Sibillini National Park

Castellucio, Italy – Sibillini National Park

 

Mount Vettore

The tallest peak in the Sibillini Range, Mount Vettore, is a great day hike. This is an excellent way to get different views of Sibillini National Park. On a clear day it is possible see the Adriatic Sea. The trailhead begins shortly after National Park sign.

 

 Mount Vettore, Sibillini National Park, ItalyMount Vettore, Sibillini National Park, Italy

 

Hike Details

Distance: 6.3 miles return (10.2 kilometers)

Elevation Gain: 3,192 feet (973 meters)

Time: 3 hours 12 minutes

Difficulty: Moderate

 

The Hike

The initial part of this hike is the hardest section, as it is quite steep. After a mile, the elevation gain becomes more gradual. Eventually be able to see over both sides of the mountain range. Near the summit is a small shelter. 

 

Near the Summit, Mt. Vettore, Sibillini National Park, Italy

Near the Summit, Mt. Vettore, Sibillini National Park, Italy

 

The final stretch to the top is steep, yet only a 20 minute climb. At the summit stands two crosses, one still erected, and another that was struck by lightning and bent half way. 

 

Summit at Mt. Vettore, Sibillini National Park, Italy

Summit at Mt. Vettore, Sibillini National Park, Italy

 

 

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