We suggest you drive towards the north-west of Umbria, along the Apennine range which marks the boundary with the Marches. There you will find an area dominated by dense woods which delineate the Park of Monte Cucco, rich in natural beauty and history, well worth a day trip or longer stay. Getting there: follow the Via Flaminia which crosses this region from north to south. A stop in one of the towns along the way is a must for history buffs and non, the fortifications of the ancient castle of Costacciaro are impressive. Monte Cucco, the most impressive summit of the mountain range, is not far away. You can reach it by car and hike to the top along one of the marked trails, but don't miss a visit to the famous Grotta del Monte Cucco, one of the largest Karstic formations in Italy, comprising thirty kilometres of galleries where strange rock formations have been shaped by underground streams.
The park of Monte Cucco
Sports open air
Thanks to the great variety of its territory – rich in art, nature and good food - tourists who want to explore Gubbio and surroundings can choose from amongst a wide range of activities. Urban trekking is a great opportunity to explore hidden corners and little known historical places. Those who love contact with nature can choose from amongst a wide range of activities thanks to the great natural heritage of Umbria: hang-gliding from Mt. Subasio, hiking in the Monte Subasio Natural Park, cycling, nordic skiing, mountain biking, cycle tourism, horseback riding or fishing. The more skillful excursionists will find on Monte Cucco several routes to explore its underground caves. For those of you who practice extreme sports, the unique geological characteristics of Monte Cucco offer a variety of experiences: caving (for details see CENS), canyoning and paragliding. Then plan a day of adventure and experience the thrill of a descent into the gorge of Rio Freddo, which winds through the rocks towards Pascelupo. Don't forget to bring your helmet!