Guided walking holidays in Marche Italy
We include a range of options for our guided walking holidays in Italy that enable you to tailor the trip to your needs and budget.
The hikes and walks are run by extremely knowledgeable local walking guides who know Le Marche, its wonderful hills and medieval treasures and the best tracks and trails that will allow you to enjoy the rugged beauty of the Sibillini National Park.
The walking vacation can be tailored for you from a basic low cost guided Italy walking holiday package that is based upon guided walking, self catering and self-drive, to full board options, airport transfers and drop-off and pick up to all walks
Ramblers, hikers and walkers can walk straight out of our door and into the Sibillini National Park, so our hiking holiday is centre based at Villa San Raffaello; which has won a series of tripadvisor awards for excellence.
Your accommodation will be in a spacious apartment with wifi, music and everything you need for total relaxation after a days trekking, including hammocks in the vineyard, spectacular views and a wonderful pool.
Discover Le Marche on your guided walking holiday
There are also many enchanting medieval villages nearby, and the Sibillini National Park has a diverse array of wildflowers, birds and animals. We provide many ideas for free time, day trips and itineraries in our own comprehensive guide to the area
The guided walks
Here’s an example of the kind of walks that you will experience on your holiday with us:
Walk 1 Lame Rosse & the Fiastrone Valley
This is a fantastic walk for the slightly more adventurous ramble! The paths used are good, and have incredible views of Lake Fiastra and the mountains. The path takes you from a Dam to Lame Rosse or “Red Blades” which are tall red sandstone columns carved by the elements, there’s a little steep climbing and a return leg that follows the the river Fiastrone, wading through the river for two kilometres.
Total Time: 5.5 hours
Total Ascent: 555 metres
Total Distance: 9 km
Walk 2 Monte Priora and Pizzo Berro from Rifugio del Fargno.
This walk reaches the summit of one of the Parks highest peaks, Monte Priora, named after the first Cappucian Monestery which was based here. It passes the Fargno refuge whicch is open during the season and offers a great range of hot and cold food.
The Refuge is reached (from either East or West) along white roads, which are a little deteriorated in places, so care and time are needed in order to get to the start of the route. You will travel to the start point by car and walk through meadows that are home to a wide range of wildlife and you will slowly scale the first peak, Tre Vescovi. From here you will follow ridges with views down into Umbria and across Le Marche to the Adriatic Sea 80 km away.
Total Time: 4.5 hours
Total Ascent: 680 metres
Total Distance: 9 km
Walk 3 Monte Vettore.
Monte Vettore at 2,476 metres is the highest peak in the Monti Sibillini range. The route from the small village of Foce to Monte Vettore is long and quite hard work, but you are rewarded with the best panoramas of the Sibillini Mountains.
This is a spectacular walk, requiring a good level off fitness, it traverses valleys and pastures, follows paths and tracks though meadow and along ridges and passes Lake Pilato, named after Pontius Pilate who allegedly committed suicide here, and famous for its red shrimp that is unique to this small lake.
The refuge at Foce is often open and serves a good selection of refreshments.
Total Time: 8.0 hours
Total Ascent: 1,580 metres
Total Distance: 17 km
Walk 4 Monte Priora and Gola dell’Infernaccio.
The route was one of the original routes used by the Romans to transport Salt and the walk to the end of the valley takes around four hours there and back, returning by the same route.
Better still, we walk up the side of the valley, and visit include the original foundations of the first Cappuccian monastery in the 13th century. This has been lovingly restored, over the last 40 years, as the hermitage of San Leonardo, in fact the Hermit Padre Pietro stills lives here. We then a take a path to see the 30 metre ‘hidden’ waterfall on the Fosso di Rio and ascend the dramatic Monte Priora.
Walk 5 Valle Tre Santi
This route from just outside Sarnano ascends the Eastern side of the Sibillini range, using the wonderful natural gorge carved by the Torrente Tennacola. This river follows a wooded gulley, full of wild birds, orchids and butterflies., and has been tapped for its natural spring water, so it is often now dry in places.
The path starts at Abbadia di Piobbico, a medieval monastery built in white Traavertine, and cuts through some limestone cliffs before eventually reaching the peaks at Pintura; where we stop for refreshments before returning down via well beaten tracks with great views out over the patchwork fields below.
Total Time: 5.0 hours
Total Ascent: 775 metres
Total Distance: 13 km
Guided walking Italy – vacation prices
The prices below include a weeks holiday that includes your own personal guide and guided walking tours for 5 days and self catering accommodation at Villa San Raffaello (see full board option below). They exclude flights and car-hire / airport transfer. There is a separate price for transfers to and from the airport and each hike (see below).
For smaller party sizes it makes sense to join one of the daily guided hikes, if one is happening that day (the nearer Summer it then the more likely it is that one is taking place). These cost €15 and a private guide can always be hired if the minimum number (7) is not reached or if there is no scheduled hike. Just book an apartment and we will link you with the guides.