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Wherever you may find yourself in the Marche, the Apennine mountains are never very far away. They form the region's western border and offer some of its finest scenery as well as providing a home for some of Italy's most fascinating wildlife. Large areas have now been designated natural parks. For contact addresses and emails check out our parks listings.

The Parco Naturale dei Monti Sibillini, in the southwest corner, is the region's largest park, spreading over 40 km of mountain peaks and continuing westwards into Umbria. The mountains take their name from a legend that one of the sibyls hid here in a cave on Monte Sibilla known as Grotta delle Fate (Cave of the Furies) when she was chased out of the underworld.

Monte Vettore (2476 mts), at the centre of the park, is the highest mountain in the Region. The huge rocky walls and crags in its eastern side, with such eerie names as Pizzo del Diavolo (Devil's Beard) and Gola dell'Infernaccio (Hell's Gorge), are every bit as dramatic as the landscape of the Dolomites.

The most unusual feature of the area, however, is the vast area of upland plain called the Piano Grande to the west. In May and June, this huge expanse of treeless plateau, 1250 mts above sea level, eight kilometres long and five wide, is transformed into a carpet of wild flowers. Among the poppies you'll find wild tulips and exotic alpine flowers such as carex buxbaumii.

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  • Copyright: paolo ardiani (pione) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 214 W: 4 N: 244] (2031)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2002-06-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2004-11-26 8:44
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