The region of Umbria offers a vast choice of naturalistic itineraries, to be made on foot, by bike or horse; they pass through several different kind of landscapes, each offering a different view, but equally beautiful.
In Umbria there are many natural parks and naturalistic oasis. Of particular interest, are the followings, both located in mountain areas, too often left aside by tourists due to a lack of time.
- Parco del Monte Cucco: it winds among the areas of Gubbio, Gualdo Tadino and Sigillo and it’s very well known by those who love trekking, mountain bike, paragliding, spelaeology and cross country skiing.
- Parco Nazionali dei Monti Sibillini: it embraces the territories of Perugia, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno, at the borders between Umbria and Le Marches.
Absolutely marvellous are the landscapes of “Pian Grande” near Castelluccio di Norcia, with the astonishing Monte Vettore (2476 m) on the background. Very important the fauna of this park, with its wolves, royal eagles and hawks. Most popular sports here are trekking, horse riding, mountain bike, cross-country skiing, skiing, rafting, climbing, canyoning. The town of Norcia, native land of S. Benedetto, is definitely worth visiting.
There are many opportunities for trekking among the Umbrian hills and mountains. Of particular interest could be, besides the mentioned Sibillini mountains and Monte Cucco:
- Monte Subasio, between Assisi and Spello, with 14 marked out footpaths
- Monti Martani,, among Spoleto, Montefalco and Terni.
- Marmore falls and Ferentillo, between Terni and Valnerina.
- The Franciscan path of the peace Assisi-Gubbio, a route of mysticism and spirituality.
- The European track E1, in the Umbrian territory, divided into 11 stages.
- Monte Peglia e la Selva di Meana, a natural park covering a vast area in between Orvieto and Marciano.
- The “via Francigena da Perugia - Piediluco”, a mystic itinerary split into 16 stages