Umbria Blog | The caves of Monte Cucco

Many people know the famous caves of Frasassi in the Marche. These are impressive caves visited by many tourists during their holiday in the Marche or in Umbria.

Not many people know that also Umbria has some beautiful caves: the caves of Monte Cucco. The mountain ‘Monte Cucco’ is located in the natural park of Monte Cucco where in the valley are the villages of Fossato di Vico, Sigillo, Costacciaro and Scheggia. This is a beautiful area that is less known and has many opportunities for active holidaymakers.

We visited the caves, but you can also go hang gliding, trekking, canyoning, cycling, horseback riding and more. You can find a lot of information on the website of the park: Discover Monte Cucco.

For the more adventurous tourists the caves are well worth the effort. You need to be fit and healthy and will have to bring good walking shoes and warm clothing. After a walk uphill from about 2 km you arrive at the entrance to the caves where you enter via long and steep stairs descending into the caves. There is a constant temperature of 6 °C and the humidity is 90°.

It is a beautiful experience and impressive to quite literally walk in a mountain where also others left their traces throughout the centuries. There is an inscription found from the 15th century. Today one walks through the caves which are lit and where stairs and bridges are made to be able to pass the most difficult tracks, but at the time one only had a torch and ropes …

We did the “Discovery Trail”, but you can also walk a longer route and even have an introduction to caving. You will be accompanied by experienced guides and can make a reservation via the website: https://www.grottamontecucco.umbria.it

The Discovery Trail you can do without a reservation. In June and September on Saturdays and Sundays and in July and August every day, at 10 am and at 3 pm. At the parking lot is a information kiosk from where a guide leaves for the caves. Also read the instructions on the cave’s web site underneath the price list.

We had problems to find the place, but in the end, it’s easy to find. About halfway the village of Sigillo is a road up the mountain. Somewhat hidden is a brown sign that points to the Monte Cucco. Go up the mountain and keep driving. If you’re near the top, there is a road to the right which you do not take but keep following the same road up and you’ll arrive at the parking lot.

Umbria Blog | Walking with Anime Pioniere

I often receive newsletters and activities from the Oasi La Valle, a nature reserve at Lake Trasimeno and a paradise for bird watchers. This time I found an invitation in my mailbox to join a walk organised by a fairly new organisation called Anime Pioniere. They organise walks in nature often in lesser known areas along the Umbria Tuscany border: Trasimeno, Cortona, Città di Castello, San Sepolcro.

Sunday the 12th of March the morning started at the Oasi La Valle where we witnessed the ringing of birds and where the walk started. 6 km, not too much height difference, hence also adapted for families with children like ourselves. We climbed the hill and over the hills’ ridges we walked from San Savino to San Feliciano. Of course we finished the walk with a small lunch, a good Italian habit. We had some antipasti and fried fish from the lake with the local fishermen.

We paid euro 15 p.p. for the tour at the Oasi La Valle, the walk and the light lunch.

It was a wonderful early spring day. Here is an impression:

Do you enjoy a walk in nature with trained guides in mostly undiscovered parts of Umbria and Tuscany? Follow the Anime Pioniere: they organise interesting walks all year round, mostly on Sunday or on Italian bank holidays. We were quite a group with almost 50 participants, all Italians. They hope they will also have tourists to join them during the summer period. During the walk we learned about the area, its history and its fauna. They also speak English. It is recommended to wear proper shoes for walking and also ask for the difficulty when making a reservation, especially when you have kids.

Have fun!

Discover Fabro in the west of Umbria

Fabro

Fabro is a small medieval hilltop village in West Umbria, close to the Tuscan border. It is a small village, but the views from Fabro over the Umbrian countryside make it worth the effort. There are narrow and charming streets with a few bars where locals drink their daily coffee or glass of wine. Fabro is a municipality in the province of Terni, and is well located to visit places like Orvieto, Città della Pieve, Florence and Rome (from the A1).

In Fabro Scalo is a railway station where every day regional trains pass by from Rome Termini to Florence Santa Maria Novella. Easy connections to visit Orvieto, Florence, Rome, Castiglione del Lago and Cortona.

Fabro Umbria

Fabro

Orvieto Umbria

Orvieto Duomo

Restaurants

Il Felcino farm
Address: Vocabolo Felcino 24, Salci, Città della Pieve (PG)
A rustic and typical restaurant in the countryside of Città della Pieve, close to Fabro. The food is organic with great meat and homemade pasta’s (gnocchi and ravioli).

Il Felcino Restaurant

homemade pasta

Il Felcino Restaurant

cured meat and cheese

Pizzeria Mennula di Ciro Baiardi
Address: Piazzale Stazione 2, Fabro (TR)
They make good pizza. This pizzeria is close to the railway station.

Walking and biking trail

In Fabro Scalo at the foothill of Fabro, I discovered a beautiful walking and biking trail in the Umbrian countryside. The total distance is 19 km. The trail starts at the pizzeria Mennula di Ciro Baiardi where you can park your car for free. During the walk you’ll enjoy the views and nature.

When walking this trail it is important to take lunch and drinks with you, especially when it is warm. There is no bar or restaurant along the way. Tip: start early in the morning.

Start at Piazzale Stazione, 2 in Fabro Scalo (not far from the railway station). After the walk the pizza was delicious here.

Garmin Connect Course Fabro

Agriturismo Allerona

Allerona is a small town close to Fabro. Between the two villages, at 10 kms from Fabro, we rent two wonderful holiday apartments: Agriturismo Allerona. A cosy agriturismo with two apartments and swimming pool with amazing views over an uncontaminated landscape. This location is ideal for (mountain)biking and hiking lovers! At the farm biological olives are produced as well as different kinds of grane, no chemicals are being used, it is all traditional crops.

Agriturismo Allerona Fabro Umbrie

Agriturismo with 2 apartments

Agriturismo Allerona Fabro Umbrie

Swimming pool with terrace

Agriturismo Allerona Fabro Umbrie

Agriturismo Allerona in the distance

Interview

Would you like to get to know the owners of Agriturismo Allerona? Watch this interview Saskia from Villa in Umbria had with Eugenio and his wife (owners). What makes this area so special? Where is a good and typical restaurant? Discover the beauty of this area and its wonderful people.