Santa Vittoria in Matenano

Distance from hotel: 6km / 10 minute drive
Lunch: in local trattoria

Altitude: 626m

 

A small town with charming cobblestone streets, historic buildings and breathtaking views from atop the cliff face, where it sits.  The picturesque town is renowned for its natural beauty and old-world charm with its winding streets and panoramic views to the stunning Sibillini Mountains.

 

During the medieval period, Santa Vittoria in Matenano became a centre for art and culture, attracting artists, writers and intellectuals from across Italy and beyond.  

The town has preserved its old- world charm and natural beauty.

Monte Rinaldo

Distance from hotel: 6km / 8 minute drive

Lunch: in local bar

Altitude: 485m

 

An extremely quaint, peaceful, hill-top, medieval village built in a classic architectural style that reflects the typical medieval villages of the area and with stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys.  

 

There are two gates / entrances to enter the town – Port Romana and Port Ascolana as well as a clock tower and church and at the top of the town there is a shady park with views to the distant Sibillini Mountains.

 

Lago di San Ruffino

 Distance from hotel: 20km / 30 minute drive

Lunch: in lakeside trattoria

Altitude: 360m

 

Lago di San Ruffino is an artificial lake nestled in the foothills of the Sibillini National Park created, along with a dam, to stop the flow of the Tenna River.  

 

Surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty – lush greenery and stunning mountain views – its provides a peaceful and tranquil setting for any painting day.

Smerillo

Distance from hotel: 15km / 25 minute drive

Lunch: in local trattoria

Altitude: 800m

 

Smerillo sits on spur midway between the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriatic Sea.  Its origins date back to the Roman era and has a compact historic centre enclosed by the remains of a medieval castle and ancient walls.  

 

It offers a charming atmosphere with its narrow streets, stone houses and stunning views of the surrounding countryside to the Adriatic Sea on one side and the majestic Sibillini Mountains on the other.

Altidona

Distance from hotel: 31km / 35 minute drive

Lunch: in local trattoria (Fridays only) or packed lunch

Altitude: 800m

 

Altidona is a charming village with its well-preserved medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and with it’s ancient fortress, dating back to the 13th century, which dominates the skyline and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and nearby Adriatic Sea.

 

There’s also a park just before the clock tower entrance to the historic centre of the village.

Montedinove

Distance from hotel: 12km / 15 minute drive

Lunch: in local bar (except Mondays) or packed lunch

Altitude: 561m

 

Montedinove is a charming, small hilltop village characterised by its narrow, winding streets and historic stone buildings, some of which date back to the 13th century.

 

Montedinove is also known for its scenic views of the surrounding countryside, as well as being home to several churches and historical landmarks, including the 14th century Church of San Lorenzo and the 16th century Palazzo Comunale.

Comunanza

Distance from hotel: 15km / 20 minute driv

Lunch: local trattoria

Altitude: 448m

 

Comunanza dates back to the 5th/6th century and sits in the middle of a pleasant valley crossed by the River Aso. The town is surrounded by wooded hills and small hamlets and from any corner there are wonderful views of the Sibillini Mountains.

 

The old town is reached by crossing a small bridge where there are many historic buildings dating back to the 13th centrury.

Amandola

Distance from hotel: 24km / 30 minute drive

Lunch: local trattoria

Altitude: 500m

Amandola, a town in the Sibillini Mountains, is known for its stunning natural beauty, with the mountains providing a dramatic backdrop.  It is characterised by its medieval architecture dating back to the Middle Ages.  Various artists have led their mark on the town.

 

Every Wednesday morning there is a market in Amandola.

Vineyard

Distance from hotel: From 5 – 25km / 5- 30 minute drive

Lunch: in cantina

Altitude: various

 

Enjoy a peaceful and natural experience in a local vineyard.  Capture the natural beauty of vineyard scenery – the vines, the surrounding landscape and the vineyard buildings.

Servigliano

Distance from hotel: From 13km / 17 minute drive

Lunch: local bar

Altitude: 215m

Servigliano is a charming town  known for its beautiful and well-preserved historic centre, which is home to numerous architectural treasures and sits amidst picturesque hills and countryside.

 

An added attraction for Servigliano is that there is a market on the first and third Monday morning of each month.

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