Paesaggio Urbino
 

LEGENDS AND MAGIC UNDER THE STARS, NIGHT ON MONTE SIBILLA

 

ONE DAY TOUR

An itinerary dedicated to the fascinating mythological figure of the Sibyl, retracing the places where she is the protagonist and learning about the myths and legends dedicated to her. Monte Sibilla is a mountainous relief of the Sibillini Apennine group, whose summit is surrounded by steep pink rock which, forming a sort of boundary wall, has made it take the shape of a characteristic ‘crown’. The mountain takes its name from the Apennine Sibyl, the mythical inhabitant of the cave of the same name, located near the summit, which for centuries veils the height of an aura of legend and mystery that has inspired writers, intellectuals and artists. We will begin our tour by visiting the Sibyl Museum in the village of Montemonaco: here we will have the opportunity to get to know the figure of the Sibyl and the literary tradition inspired by it more closely. After the visit to the museum we will witness the typical Marche dance: the saltarello. Even today, the elderly tell the story of Queen Sibyl’s fairies danced the saltarello inside their cave, on top of the mountain, wearing fig wood clogs. It was the fairies who taught the saltarello to men and built the first tambourine. For dinner we will have the opportunity to taste the ancient dishes of the medieval and peasant tradition of Montemonaco. After dinner and after having rested we will leave for a night trekking to reach the top of Monte Sibilla where we will stop to see the sun rise. After seeing the sunrise we will resume the journey and go back towards the Sibilla Refuge.

ITINERARY DESCRIPTION

SIBYL MUSEUM OF MONTEMONACO: 6.00 pm - At this museum we will get to know important exhibits, ancient books and parchments, which testify to the very close relationship between the landscape and urban fabric and the literary and legendary tradition of the Sibyl. The Sibilla Cave Museum was created to collect and communicate the extraordinary wealth and charm of a past in which art, history and literature are married with legends, myths and magic.

END OF VISIT AND MEDIEVAL THEMED DINNER: 8.00 pm - Before dinner the music band Sibylla Moris will welcome us with sounds of the Marche folk tradition and the typical dance of these areas, the saltarello. We will immerse ourselves in the medieval atmosphere of which Montemonaco is imbued, a land of ancient frequentations that has been welcoming people from distant lands since the late Middle Ages, attracted by liberality and intolerance to the established powers of the Montemonaco’s citizens. Yesterday, as today, the culinary tradition of the Sibillini Mountains is linked to farming and transhumance, so we will taste cold cuts such as hams, larded salami, coppa di testa, loins and ciauscolo, a soft salami typical of these areas. There will be fine cheeses, especially pecorino, whose processing methods have their origins since Roman times. We will taste the legume soup that still plays a very important role in the Sibillini gastronomy today. MEETING FOR THE NIGHT ITINERARY AT THE SIBILLA REFUGE: 04:00 am - Arrival by own vehicle at the Sibilla Refuge. In this nocturnal trek we will reach Mount Sibilla, the charming witch bewitched by the knight Guerin Meschino, a fictional character created by Andrea da Barberino, who with his novel contributed to the dissemination of the legend.

DEPARTURE FOR THE NIGHT ITINERARY: 04:30 am - The dirt road next to the refuge slowly climbs the crest of the mountain, finally arriving at the top of the Sibilla. It is said that this place was the seat of the pagan cult of Cybele, the great Mother of the gods, which spread at the time of Claudius. With the advent of Christianity, the cult of the Sibyl took over, which a tradition still in use in the fourteenth century identifies as the Cumaean Sibyl. More recent studies classify it as an Apennine Sibyl.

ARRIVAL AT THE TOP OF MONTE SIBILLA: 6.00 am - We will climb the great crown of Mount Sibilla to reach its summit, where we will enjoy the sunrise and the beautiful landscape that can extend to the Adriatic Sea on clear days.

RETURN TO THE SIBILLA REFUGE: 8.30 am - Return to the Sibilla Refuge.

ARRIVAL IN MONTEMONACO FOR THE FARMER’S BREAKFAST: 9.00 am - Refresh us with a rich breakfast based on genuine local products: desserts made with the Sibillini pink apple, a typical cultivar of these areas, particularly healthy, jams, cheeses, milk and fresh fruit juices.


 

INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATION FEES

- BASE 2 PAX: EURO 207

- BASE 5 PAX: EURO 189

- BASE 10 PAX: EURO 140

- BASE 20 PAX: EURO 115

 

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Any part of Italy is wonderful to be discovered, but there is one region that can leave you truly breathless: Marche. Our agency has unique features in our territory, we can organise travel according to the purpose: study travel, work travel, holidays, cultural travel, natural experience, shopping journeys, etc. We are also specialize in planning weddings and weddings travels in Italy or in our region taking care of everything from A to Z The famous guide Lonely Planet has ranked Italy 2nd in the top 10 most beautiful and fascinating places to visit, right after the evocative tour along the Silk Road, in Central Asia. Green hills, endless vineyards, beautiful beaches, enchantingwoods, cities of art and ancient villages are all around. Thanks to Criluma, you will be able to get to know cities that willsteal your heart, such as Urbino, an enchanting picturesque Renaissance village located in the north of the region, which still retains the atmosphere of one of the brightest periods for Italian art and culture, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of its most famous citizen, Raffaello. However, Urbino is just one of the many wonders that the Marche region boasts. Among the most popular destinations are the Frasassi Caves, near the town of Genga: an extensive underground system of karst caves where you can admire the gigantic sculptures created by nature, known as stalactites and stalagmites. Moreover, the beautiful Loreto, a religious and spiritual landmarkpar excellence, a Marian pilgrimage destination known worldwidefor its majestic Basilica. In addition, during the summer, the Marche coast offers countlessbeautiful beaches, where you can relax and have fun in the crystal clear water of the Adriatic Sea. Among the most beautifulattractions, there are certainly Sirolo and Numana, sitting in thepromontory of Monte Conero. The south of the Marche Region is full of breathtaking landscapes, centuries-old traditions, myths and legends. The Red Blades can be considered as the Grand Canyon of the Marche Region, one of the most fascinating and well-known places on the SibilliniMountains. A 7-km-long itinerary that will take you up close to see wonderful rock formations with pinnacles and towers. The area of the Sibillini Mountains National Park is defined by many as magical and wild: legend has it, in fact, that there lies the kingdom of the mythical Sibyl. The places across the border of the Marche and Umbria regions are rich in ancient myths and legendsas well, adding to the evocativeness of attractions such as the cave of Sibilla and Pilate’s lake, the only natural lake in the entire region. A unique habitat where many animal and vegetable species, nowhere else to be found, coexist, such as a small and rare crustacean, which gives water its typical reddish nuance. All around the Marche region there are companies that have produced food and wine products for centuries. Moreover, there are true districts of handcrafted products such as shoes in the province of Fermo, hats in the enchanting area of Montappone and then bags, tailored objects and furnishings in the Pesaro area. The food and wine and handicrafts of the Marche Region have always been renowned and nationally certified as products of Italian excellence. The Marche region awaits you with its culture, art, history, tradition, fashion, adventure, food and unpolluted nature. At Criluma, a national landmark for tourism based in the Marche region, we look forward for you to discover our region at its best.
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