Perugia

Mount Tezio park

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Mount Tezio and its surrounding mountain ranges have an incomparable charm because they are sweet and at the same time harsh, and their sides are enriched by the colours of the Mediterranean maquis.  


Located north of Perugia, Mount Tezio is a 961-metre high mountain splitting the Tiber valley to the east from the hills gently sloping towards the Trasimeno Lake, to the west.

The views are so far-reaching that they stretch from the central Apennine Mountains to the peak of Gran Sasso and the expanse of the Trasimeno Lake with its peaks separating it from Tuscany.

The vegetation is varied and rich: the dorsal from Mount Tezio to Mount Acuto (overlooking the town of Umbertide) is characterised by holm oaks on the lowlands, whereas on the highlands you can find hop-hornbeam, manna ash, turkey oak, downy oak and  maple. The foothills are marked by the Mediterranean maquis made up of the common and red juniper, the hawthorn, thorns, broom and  blackthorn. Descending, you will reach hills with their agricultural landscapes, arable crops and olive trees.

The wild fauna, instead, includes few fallow and roe deer, but also wild boars, foxes, porcupines, badgers and squirrels. The resident and migrating birds include different species of falcons such as the goshawk  and the short-toed eagle, buzzards, owls, little owls, kestrels, jays, green woodpeckers, nuthatches, serin, goldfinches, great tits and blackcaps.

Distinctive features of the territory are the important historical remains throughout the area, that confirm the the presence of man in this area since ancient times: proto-historical castles, Etruscan tombs, ruins of castles, aqueducts and ancient snow cisterns integrate in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape.

These features make the Park of Mount Tezio an ideal place to go trekking and hiking, thanks to the many itineraries suitable not only for anyone who loves the outdoors, but also for all those interested in art and history.

Immerse yourself in a world of old mule tracks, woods, monumental trees, striking landscapes with breathtaking sunsets over  Trasimeno Lake. And you will also see birds, pastures, rocks of different shapes, creeks and waterfalls, wth the roars, noises and smells to stimulate all the senses, in the peaceful natural setting, throughout the year.

Along the route are small villages, country churches, towers, castles with their history and archaeological sites of the ancient civilizations settled here, in a borderland and a meeting point between Umbrians and Etruscans.

 

For the details on the itineraries, click here.

Per further information:

http://www.montideltezio.it/


Sources

Flyer of the 2012 Events organized by the Tezio Mountains’ Association

2nd guide of Paths, castles and parishes of the Perugia area. Texts by Francesco Brozzetti

Tezio Mountains’Cultural Association