Do you love strong, vivid colours, and walks out in the open air? Then let us take you on an excursion on Monte Cucco, in the heart of greenest Umbria. This mountain is right by the Apennine ridge and has always been an obligatory stop for those travelling down the Flaminia road.
This is one of Italy's most extraordinary natural parks. Here we can find underground rivers and mineral springs, not to speak of beech forests, karst caves, and remarkable animals such as wolves and royal eagles. Therefore this is also an ideal place to practice mountain sports, such as for example paragliding, cross country skiing, trekking, and speleology.
Along the path we come through the small town of Coldipeccio, known especially for its amazing view over the Valle delle Prigioni, a valley covered in forests and limestone formations which leads to Scarpa del Diavolo, and from there to the town of Pascelupo.
Also worth seeing is the so-called Spaccatura delle Lecce, a 70 metre high gash in the mountainside, which has even been declared a European Community site of interest for its geological and natural attractions.
We thus find ourselves in the area of Sigillo. From here one easily reaches Orto della Cicuta, a sort of natural balcony which owes its name to the abundance of the poisonous hemlock plant (cicuta in Italian).
If instead, like real explorers, you're interested in sighting the local wildlife, we recommend heading to the Scheggia area, where you will also find the paleontological site of Valdorbia, a crucial reference point for students of the Jurassic period. Amidst mule tracks and mountains huts, we must not forget to stop by Costacciaro, near which we find a stone bed attributed to the Blessed Thomas, the town patron saint.
And if it's spirituality you're after, we can walk to Isola Fossara, a collection of hermitages, abbeys and monasteries enshrined in the flowerbeds. These places of peace and serenity provided the backdrop for the work of the amanuenses monks who transcribed ancient texts and books during the Middle Ages, making sure their knowledge reached our age. nbsp