This hiking tour will give you the opportunity to enjoy the surrounding landscapes as you trek mostly downhill. You will trek through evergreen forests, typical of the Mediterranean Bush, of the Conero Mountain. During the hike, you will travel some of the protected area containing one-third of the floristic heritage of the region. This region has been used by native tribes and sailors for an orientation point for thousands of years.
We will begin the tour with a visit to Saint Peter’s Church, a Romanesque example of the 11th century. It is made of the Conero white stone with three aisles and decorated with floral and animal elements. Used by worshippers who prayed to nature, it is now surrounded by a hotel that once was a monastery.
Our tour continues to Pain Raggetti, known as the viewpoint to the hinterland and the south coast. We can sit on benches to enjoy the magnificent beauty and possibly see the Sibillini Mountains and the Gran Sasso, if skies are clear.
Examine the rock engravings of the first settlers of the region. As the Conero has been inhabited since the Stone Age, there are limestone slabs with what some believe could be ritual markings or maps of the area.
The Pain Grande site is a natural balcony overlooking the Poronovo’s Bay. From here, you can view the Torre De Bosis, a watchtower from 1700 and the Napoleonic Fort, Deep Lake and Lake Calcagno. You will see many various species of birds such as raptors and Peregrine Falcons.
We will continue our hike to Poggio to end the tour.