Le Marche: Hills, Hike and Wines
Tasting Le Marche on foot is a great way to get to know a region that offers cultural heritage in a unique naturalistic and historically well-preserved area, as well as protected natural parks of exceptional environmental value. These excursions are dedicated to the rediscovery of known and less known corners of the territory of Le Marche, a treasure of naturalistic, gastronomic and artistic treasures set in valleys of unique charm. The hiking trips will bring visitors to wonderful protected areas, such as the National Park Parco Naturale del Conero, a promontory caressed by the sea, the Furlo Gorge Natural State Reserve, a suggestive canyon that boasts exceptional flora and fauna, and the San Bartol Natural Park, a cliff on the Adriatic Sea that charms with its magnificent views.
The journey to discover Le Marche is completed with a tasting of its best natural wines. At first glance, the denomination natural wine might seem redundant, as all the wines should be. However, in the journey from the vineyard to the cellar the legislation authorizes a multitude of physical-chemical interventions that of natural have very little. That’s why, for this tour, we only chose biological, biodynamic and natural farms, which have gradually moved away from the conventional production, preferring one with low environmental impact, making wine production no longer a simple operation of marketing but a real philosophy of life.
1st Day: PORTONOVO BAY AND SANTA MARIA DI PORTONOVO
2nd Day: HERMITAGE OF THE WHITE FRIARS AND WINES OF CUPRAMONTANA
Day 2 will be entirely dedicated to the typical hilly landscape and good wines of Le Marche. We will visit the Hermitage of the Cupramontana Caves, also known as of the White Friars, as it was chosen by the Camaldolese Monks towards the end of the 11th century. It’s an ancient monastic complex with caves created from tuff, which preserve the magic of time and traditions. Here, the truly unspoiled nature welcomed and protected the prayers and work of the "White Friars" over the centuries, who mainly survived on agronomy and agriculture. This magical place has inspired the Sparapani family to make great wines. The 12 hectares of Verdicchio do the rest. Verdicchio is cultivated exclusively in Le Marche, with Cupramontana as its capital. It is also used to produce sparkling wines, both classic methods, as well as Charmat, always of great value. By continuing the hike, we will reach the second cellar. La Distesa is a rural community that extends over two farms in the municipality of Cupramontana, in the province of Ancona. The main activity is cultivation of grapes for the production of high quality natural wines, but the farm also consists of olive trees, arable land, fodder and woods. The whole company is a certified organic farm. La Distesa is also a keeper of that natural environment that is the agricultural landscape of Le Marche: a living organism generated by the continuous and secular men' work. Today, we will not only enjoy Verdicchio, Trebbiano and Malvasia but a rural life experience.Transfer by minibus - Cupramontana - Sirolo 1 h 60 km
Beginners ★★☆☆4 hours walking, 10 km lenght, 250 m gain.
3rd Day: TORRE DI PALME, CUGNOLO FOREST AND ROMAN CISTERNS
Tourist ★☆☆☆2 walking, 6 km Lenght, 150 m gain.
4th Day: FRASASSI AND SAN VITTORE DELLE CHIUSE GORGE
Beginners ★★☆☆4 hours walking, 11km Lenght, 250 m gain
5th Day: MONTE SAN VICINO AND ELCITO
Passionate ★★★☆4/5 hours walking, 14km Lenght, 400 m gain
6th Day: BELVEDERE DEL CONERO AND FINAL TOAST
Beginners★★☆☆4 hours walking, 10km Lenght, 350 m gain N.B. The activity order and contents can change in order to the Guide decision, in case specific circumstances occur.
Itineraries on road or large track that don’t require specific training or bearing skills. However, it is necessary to don’t have reduced mobility or cardiovascular disease. 200 m maximum gain and 3 h maximum walking (break excluded)
BeginnersItineraries on easy to find tracks. They need a minimum of training and equipment. 400 m maximum gain and 4 h maximum walking (break excluded)
PassionateItineraries on easy to find tracks, also in snowy area with moderate slope. They need a minimum of equipment and bearing skills, walking training in mountain condition for few hours. 600 m maximum gain and 5 h maximum walking (break excluded)
HighlanderItineraries not well marked. They need a reasonable mountain knowledge and absence of vertigo. Physical training should be appropriate to a full day walking. 600 m maximum gain and more than 5 h walking (break excluded).
Tour infoLuggage and backpacks: A good level of physical training is required. We will walk the entire route on foot with a small backpack. Luggages will be moved from one accomodation to the other. Allergies and specific diet: Don’t forget to inform us about your specific dietary need. Last minute request may not be accepted. On the route could be difficult to find detail food like gluten – free. For this reason we higly recommend to bring your own food.
Single bedroom: On request with extra cost.
ContactsTravel Agency Il Ponticello Coop. a r.l. Strada della Chiusa 4/11, 61122 Pesaro (PU) Tel: +39 0721 482607 (lun/ven 9,30-18,30) Cell. +39 338 7145465 / 3703028464 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org IBAN – IT19J0882613300000010102092 SWIFT/BIC – ICRAITRRMY0 Indicate on the payment description:
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PricePrice on request
The price includes:
- room and dinner - 5 nights with half board, drinks not included;
- transportation on private minibuses for 6 days;
- AIGAE Certified Nature and Walking Guide;
- fuel costs and van tolls;
- entry to the Hermitage of the White Friars;
- entrance to the church of Santa Maria di Portonovo;
- guided tour of the town of Torre di Palme;
- entry to the fortress of Civitella del Tronto.
The price does not include
- Personal insurance;
- Packed lunches (you can buy directly in the accomodation);
- Public transport from Vado to starting point;
- Public transport from/to Vado Station;
- Personal extras;
- Anything not indicated in “The prices includes
Coverage: Polizza Europassistance Viaggi Nostop Gruppi
On request, we can activate: BASE Insurance Policy It should be requested together with the tour booking because it has to be issued within 24 hours from the booking confirmation. Payment has to be done together with the deposit specifying on the payment description “Deposit and BASE Insurance Policy”. Alternatively, it is possible to activate the TOP Cancellation Policy with 15 days before the departure.
- Cancellation within 30 days before the departure: 25% loss of the total cost;
- Cancellation from 29 to 16 days before the departure: 50% loss of the total cost;
- Cancellation from 15 to 6 days before the departure: 75% loss of the total cost;
- Cancellation within 5 days before the departure: 100% loss
Same penalty are applied to everybody lacking of valid ID or Passport.