Straddling the Le Marche–Umbria border in rugged splendour, the wild and wonderfully unspoiled Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini never looks less than extraordinary, whether visited in winter, when its peaks – 10 of which tower above 2000m – are covered in snow, or in summer, when its highland meadows are carpeted with poppies and cornflowers.
The area was hit hard by the 2016 earthquakes; while you can still see evidence of their destructive force, life has since returned to normal in most places and the majority of roads and trails are now open.
Main gateways include Norcia to the southwest and Amandola in the northeast. Just to the north of the park, Sarnano is the largest and prettiest town in the area. From there, the SS78 leads to Sasso Tetto, the main ski area in the Monti Sibillini.