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WALKING THROUGH CENTRAL ITALY: LE MARCHE

6 days / 5 nights 

 

A true experience journey, an amazing walking tour exploring ancient villages, tasting delicious local specialties and admiring the beautiful landscape with vineyards, cultivated countryside and especially the beautiful National Park of Monti Sibillini. Your walking tour starts in Ascoli Piceno, with its famous square Piazza del Popolo, known as the "Living Room of Italy" and heart of the historic centre of Ascoli Piceno and its best open-air monument. Then you will walk direction Castel Trosino, situated very close to Mount Sibillini National Park. Your walking tour will lead you to Offida, an important wine centre and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, well known for hand-made lace. This journey will give you also the opportunity to relax on day 4 or 5, or to explore the Mount Sibillini National park through its numerous walking trails. Pleasure and adventure feature this tour: you will taste excellent food and wine while enjoying one of the best landscapes in Italy.

 

 

Highlights of this walking tour:

  • Ascoli Piceno and its nice square

  • The National park of Monte Sibillini.

  • Vineyards and gut wines of the Marche  

  • Castel Trosino, a medieval village.

  • I borghi più belli d'Italia (the nicest towns of Italy): Amandola and Offida

 

Program

 

Day 1

Arrival at Ascoli Piceno

Individual arrival in Ascoli Piceno, in your 3 star hotel. According to your arrival time, you will have time to explore the city, with its beautiful historic centre and squares, especially Piazza del Popolo, known as the "living room of Italy". Welcome dinner with local products from Ascoli.

 

Day 2

Ascoli Piceno-Castel Trosino-Ascoli Piceno (14 or 18 km / 9 or 12 miles) 

Today you can choose between two walks; 

Walk 1. You will leave Ascoli Piceno and walk direction Castel Trosino, a typical little village just outside the Mount Sibillini National Park. Castel Trosino is a real medieval jewel situated on the top of a travertine cliff made of a single block, which detached itself from Colle San Marco in very ancient times. The castle has a typical medieval aspect: isolated on the top, it is an excellent point of observation, dominating a wide landscape with trails of the "Marchigiano-Ascolano" area. 

Walk 2. You walk through a slight hilly and green landscape passing an organic winery, where you could taste the excellent wines from the Marche


For both walks a packet lunch is provided. Overnight stay with breakfast.

 

Day 3

Ascoli Piceno-Offida (17 Km / 11 miles)

After breakfast, you will take the bus to the starting point of your walk: Offida. Then you start walking first through Offida and then you make a nice ring walk in the surrounding of the town. You pass through the beautiful vineyards of the Piceno area. Today, lunch with wine tasting in a winery! Offida is one of The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy. You will have the chance to visit Offida with its Piazza del Popolo, the main triangular piazza dominated by the beautiful town hall, a fine example of the 15th century civic architecture in the Marche region then the theatre Serpente Aureo: a beautiful 18th century theatre and the church of Santa Maria della Rocca. At the end of the walk, transfer to your hotel in the Mount Sibillini National Park, an Agriturismo immersed in the park and perfect to relax and to organize beautiful excursions. You can shorten this route by transfer, bus or train

 

Day 4-5

The Sibillini National Park  

Day 4 and 5 are at your leisure: you can walk through the numerous walking trails within the Mount Sibillini National park or relax at your Agriturismo immersed in a green landscape. Your journey is almost over.  

 

Day 6

End of tour after breakfast

After breakfast you have a transfer to the station.

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour:   

  • 2 night with breakfast in Ascoli Piceno

  • Welcome dinner

  • 1 x Lunch package

  • Lunch and Wine tasting in a wine cellar

  • Transfer from Offida to your mountain hotel

  • Route notes in Italian or English

  • 3 night in a farmhouse B&B with restaurant 

  • all mentioned transfers (on day 4 and 5 there are no transfers)

  • "Piceno" Card

  • Local assistance

 

Not included in the tour:

  • train and bus ticket on day 3 if you want to shorten the route (between 2,00 – 5,00 Euro)

  • Local tourist taxes

  • Lunch and  dinner if not mentioned in the program

  • Everything not mentioned under “Included in the tour”

 

Period

from April until June and from September until October. July and August on request with supplement

Level 2/3

Average. For walkers with experience. Quiet country roads or trails. Not to many steep climbs

Participants

Minimum 2 Persons

Prices p.p 2018

2-3 Persons

In double room    € 770 

In single room   € 945 

4-5 Persons

In double room € 660 

In single room  € 835

6-7 Persons

In double room € 600 

In single room  € 775 

8 Persons

In double room € 550 

In single room  € 725