Length: 160 kilometres long (99 miles).
The Grande Anello (Big Loop) of the Sibillini mountains is a 160 km circular route which, with 9 stages, crosses the provinces of Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno and reaches as far as Umbria.Embarking upon this route, you will feel that you have been transported into a dimension suspended beyond the chaos of modern life.
It starts out from Visso, (Orange Flag and Most Beautiful Town in Italy), the headquarters of the Park, and, ascending the slopes of Monte Careschio, you reach Cupi and then get into the pasturelands at the head of Campobonomo Valley as far as Monte Coglia.Now you are ready to descend once again in the direction of Fiastra with magnificent views of Lake Fiastrone.Here, the route passes by valleys and ditches such as Rio Bagno and Rio Fessa with spectacular views over the wide Fiastrone Valley and the Abbey of Fiastrone.From Monastero, the route continues towards the delightful wide open fields of Ragnolo, and the springtime flowers along this route will make you to stop frequently to take photographs.
You are in the Ambro Valley
where canyons are carved into the rock, and from here you climb towards the district of Altino
. You should visit the Church of Santa Maria in Pantano
with its evocative frescoes dedicated to the Sibyls, before you get back on your bike and head for Colle Montegallo
.From here continue on the eastern slope of Monte Vettore
until you reach the pine forest at the foot of the mountain.If you cycle on the grass following a path marked out by stakes, you will find yourself on the “Reapers’ trail
”, once used by these harvesters to reach the plain of Castelluccio
.You are now on the flatlands of Umbria,
the point from which you return down to the Visso Valley
on the historic route between Visso
.Due to the earthquake occurred in 2016, the area can't be crossed.