Mountains and medieval villages of Umbria
Umbria is called the green heart of Italy . It is one of the smallest regond of Italy, but it’s territory is rich of mountains and amazing landscapes. Umbria is famous for Monti Sibillini national park and the highest mountain Vettore (2476 m). The Wolf, the Golden Eagle, the Peregrine, and a number of endemic species are the most evident elements of a biological richness which, along with the charm of the abbeys and the medieval historical town centers lying in a crown at the foot of the mountains, have shaped an old and fascinating world where time has stopped to honor a reality of extraordinary beauty.
Norcia is a typical medieval town, surrounded by defensive walls that are still largely intact. The town is popular among the tourists because of their local products – local salami, sheep’s cheeses, lentils and truffles.
Duration: 6 days
Departure: april - october
Price: starting from 641,00 eur per person, discounts for families with children
- 6 overnights in mountains refuges or small hotels
- HB treatment – brakfasts and dinners
- 2 donkeys (1 for children, 1 for bringing your personal belongings)
- 1 day with professional montain guide
- arrival in Norcia
- anything not mentioned under “the price includes”
arrival in Norcia
Arrive in Ancarano from Norcia. On the first day you will be shown the tack and how to saddle your donkey as well as how to manage the day to day care of your donkey. There will be a relaxing walk along the beautiful paths of the Castoriana Valley accompanied by the donkeys and your guide from the Monti Sibillini National Park who is an expert on both donkeys and treking. During this walk the guide will describe the area to you and the details of the programme for the next few days.
From Ancarano to Castelluccio
Starting from the donkey stables’ we climb up through woods of oak trees, passing through delightful hamlets and the ruins of abandoned villages following the ancient mule track which leads from the Castoriana Valley to Castelluccio. High above the valley we leave the oak woods and walk across the high meadows with a spectacular view over to the Umbrian mountains. After a climb of around 1000m, we reach the sumit and the descend to the spectacular village of Castellucio. Once we arrive in Castelluccio it is an easy walk to the guest house where we leave the donkeys and enjoy a well-earned rest in this village famous for its fables.
A leisurely day from Castelluccio along the ring path around the Plains
After the strenuous walking of yesterday there is nothing better than the gentle strolls around Castellucio. There are several possibilities available to you; ranging from walks on the flat on the vast plain of Castelluccio to a gentle climb on the slopes of the surrounding Sibilini Mountains. You can choose your itinerary from various guides according to your tiredness and wishes.
From Castelluccio to Refuge Colle Le Cese
Today’s walk crosses the Plain of Castelluccio passing the sumits of the most westerly chain of mountains. This is an easy walk which follows the ridges allowing you to reach the sumit without having to go up and down into the valleys. We walk along a ridge which allows us to look down to the Plain of Norcia on one side and the Plain of Castelluccio on the other. The refuge is an isolated building in the middle of the mountains, but well connected to Norcia by a road.
From Refuge Colle Le Cese to Norcia
This ancient track which connected Norcia to the shepherd’s of Castellucio is well maintained and picturesque. We drop from a height of 1600m at the rufuge down to 600 m in Norcia passing through the woods which surround Norcia. Even though the donkey was the main form of transportation up until only a hundred years ago the people of Norcia today still enjoy watching the donkeys as they pass by.
From Norcia to Ancarano
Today’s walk is along an ancient mule track which linked the of Abbey St Eutizio to Norcia. We climb over the hills which divide the Plain of Norcia from the Castoriana Valley. As we get to the top we see stretching out before us the whole of the Castoriana Valley and continue down to the stables where the donkeys live and finish the walk.