The essence of the Piceno landscape is revealed in those places where nature is still an unspoiled cradle that gives its visitors unexpected and unforgettable spectacles. Following the already traced routes, you will discover how scenaries, from the intense blue of the Adriatic Sea, fade towards the green of the fluvial park and naturalistic park in Cupra Marittima. Otherwise, if you want to create your own itinerary, just venture into the hinterland and in particular in the territory of Acquasanta Terme. Here, in addition to the thermal springs, you will find various paths dedicated to trekking or biking inside the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, following the traces of ancient settlements or the paths dedicated to transhumance. And why not, you might decide to stop at one of the many hamlets of Acquasanta for a break marked by tranquility.
Acquasanta Terme is mainly known for its thermal springs, but its beauty is distributed among more than 50 hamlets which make up the municipality of Acquasanta. Small jewels scattered in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, suggestive locations like the manor of Castel di Luco, with a circular plan, built by excavating the travertine relief on which it stands, from which you can enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains and hills. You can also visit silent and peaceful sites like the abbey of Valledacqua, a place of rest and prayer. Small pearls of a nature that, with its vivid colors, can be discovered through glimpses and breathtaking sceneries where man’s footprints appear only by stealth, to witness the tenacity with which he has managed to leave a mark on these lands over the centuries.
Cupra Marittima stretches towards the Adriatic Sea with its sandy seafront dotted with palm trees and oleanders, while going northwards it turns into sinuous maritime dunes. Cupra preserves an enchanting corner also around the San Basso hills, which boasts the only area in the whole region where oaks still grow. The purity of nature is then revealed in the protected area of pine forest: dense Mediterranean scrub and Aleppo pines which release their resinous scent, especially in summer. Three different scenaries that are also interesting from a botanical point of view, and represent the ideal setting for a walk in contact with the most authentic aspects of nature.
Il Lago di Pilato is called “the lake with glasses” due to the shape of its communicating water pools. It is located on Mount Vettore, in the massif and in the Sibillini Mountains National Park, at an altitude of 1,941 m above sea level. According to a legend, its name derives from the arrival of the body of Pontius Pilate who, condemned to death, suffered the further pain of missing burial. His corpse, carried by a chariot of buffaloes left free to roam without a destination, would in fact fall into the lake which, since then, has been considered a dark place inhabited by witches and fortune tellers. The lake is home to the Chirocephalus Marchesonii, a coral red crustacean measuring 9-12 mm, discovered for the first time in 1954. An unmissable stage for those who like to be surprised by nature without giving up a bit of mystery.
La Riserva Naturale Regionale Sentina is a 180-hectare area in the Municipality of San Benedetto del Tronto where water and sand alternate, originating unique landscapes. Briny meadows, wetlands and sandy areas are home to almost completely disappeared flora from the Adriatic coast. In particular, visitors are mainly attracted by the presence of migratory birdlife, and can take advantage of the purity of the landscape and the silence that surrounds the entire area for birdwatching: ducks, herons, coots, shorebirds and passerines can be easily observed in this scenary where man has not managed to leave his own traces.