On the road to Garulla from Sarnano - the view of Pizzo Meta in the Sibillini Mountains, Le Marche, Italy

On the road to Garulla from Sarnano - the view of Pizzo Meta in the Sibillini Mountains, Le Marche, Italy

Self-catering holiday apartments near the Sibillini Mountains in Le Marche, Italy

Mountain biking in the Sibillini Mountains, Italy

Experience the Le Marche countryside by bike

Casa Carotondo is the ideal base for a cycling holiday of any kind. We are close to the mountains for those who prefer off-road cycling, but also surrounded by some lovely medieval towns that make an interesting destination for cycle-tourism or road cycling. It should be noted, however, that although we are not in the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains, Casa Carotondo is in a hilly location. There are few places in the area offering flat and easy bike rides. For those able and willing to cycle uphill the rewards are great. Road cycling allows you to move more slowly through the countryside than in a car and therefore see more. There are also asphalt roads that you can use to get up onto the mountain passes to take in the wonderful views. For those with mountain bikes the challenges are endless, the scenery in the mountains is beautiful and the views spectacular.
A well earned break cycling around Monte Cardosa in the Sibillini Mountains, Italy

Mountain biking around Sarnano in Le Marche

There are several sources for MTB routes available online. A group in the town of Sarnano has identified ten routes starting in the town, which can be used for walking or cycling. These routes have been graded according to difficulty. They are described online and are a good way of getting to know the area around Sarnano. They do tend to get overgrown in summer however. The same group has a program of events open to the general public. Some of these events are also for road bikes. This group also organise the Gran Fondo dei Monti Sibillini. You can check out the route on Google Earth. The route passes close to Casa Carotondo so you could pick it up without using a car and try it out for yourself.
There are some signposts for bike routes in the Sibillini Mountains

Mountain biking in the Sibillini Mountains

For the more adventurous there are routes in and around the mountains. The Sibillini National Park has a list on its website. The descriptions can be viewed here along with a map and downloadable GPS file. The National Park also sell a book of these routes although it is currently only available in Italian. There is also a Grand Anello (a circular route around the mountain range) especially for mountain bikes!

You can visit the MTB park of the Sibillini Mountains at a small ski resort called Frontignano. The link shows you a map of the routes available as well as the cost of the services they provide.

The rolling hills of  Le Marche, Italy

Mountain Bike routes for the really fit!

There are a number of other websites by local MTB groups that fit mountain bike enthusiasts might be interested in. The websites contain details of their routes and there are plenty of photos. These are good for those who like a challenge. Most of them provide a Google Earth map and some provide GPS files.

Sibillini MTB


MTB Adventure

Go onto Youtube and search for "MTB Monti Sibillini". You will find a number of videos shot by these groups from which you can get an idea of the terrain here. Another good source of bike routes is the Bikemap website.

Wild flowers and fantastic views in the Riserva Naturale del Monte San Vicino e del Monte Canfaito, in Le Marche, Italy.

Cycle tourism in Le Marche

For those on road bikes some towns have now worked out routes that take you past interesting cultural sites. These are available online.

Bicycle routes in Le Marche.

Cycle tourism routes in either English, German or Italian to download at the bottom of the page

Cycle routes around the small towns of Macerata to download in German, English or Italian

There is also a circular road race called the Gran Fondo that takes place every year starting in Calderola (near Casa Carotondo). One short and one long route are raced and available online for you to try out for yourself.

On the way back from Foce in the Sibillini Mountains, Italy

Make up your own cycle routes!

For any kind of cyclist is an example of free software that allows you to work out a route and get a summary of the length of the route and the amount of elevation involved. This allows you to work out routes, for example, between the various villages in this area and ensure that they are viable. The routes can also be downloaded to your GPS. At Casa Carotondo we are keen cyclists ourselves so would be happy to help you plan were to go.

Click here for a listing of some of our favourite routes in the area.

There is a 1:50000 map available from Kompass of the area. The Sibillini National Park sells a 1:50000 map and has just published a 1:40000 map. When using Italian route descriptions, check the elevation carefully before embarking on it. The term dislivello is often used and means the difference between ascent and descent and not the actual total ascent or descent, which in the Sibillini can be quite a lot.

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