The fairies path

On one side of mount Vettore there is a distinctive pebbly cross strip known as “the fairies path”.

Illustration from Eiko Ojala, Vertical landscape

A long time ago, the magical Sibilla enchantress was living in hidden caverns on the peaks of Sibillini range. An inaccesible  shelter to humans, surrounded by snow and woods.

She had magical fairies at her service, whose bodies was turned by the enchantres’ jealuosy in half sheeps.

Nobody knows of their existance, and they were keeping the secret, scared that humans could come and steal their magic. One dark night, with no moon and not even a little star in the sky, intrigued from a joyful music coming from Pretare village, they decided to climb down the mountain, protected by the darkness. As shadows they enter the tiny alleys, following music and laughs, curious to see the people living at the slopes of the mountain.

The village was celebrating the end of winter and everywhere people were dancing around the bonfire. Amused by the cheerful rithm, mixing up with the crowd, the fairies start to dance too till dawn comes.

When the first ray of sunlight arises from the peaks, for the little fairies  it was already too late to escape without been noticed! Trying not to be surprised by the people, they run up the mountain so fast that left their footsteps behind creating a path till their shelter.

Nobody has never seen a fairy in Pretare from that night, except, in some dark nights, when the village is celebrating around the bonfire, someone swear you could see some shadows in obscure corners.

Even today hiking through the pebbly cross strip, if you are lucky, maybe you can find the misterious fairies’ shelter!


CiaspoLOVERS — Snowshoes walks in Sibillini & CO.

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Time to check the wardrobe for snowy outfits & … CIASPOLE!

Yes, I mean…we are ready for some winter sport with SNOWSHOES, a camera and a hot spiced wine glass (funny kind of phisical activities mines!)

Sibillini mountains are finally snow covered so there is no better time of the year to enjoy our central Italy mountain-side 🙂 through Le Marche and Umbria.

Choose your itinerary or (why not??)… let’s do them all!

ciaspole - snowshoes- sibillini1. ON APPENNINI ROOFTOP

A snowshoes walk (CIASPOLATA, as we call it) above Castelluccio di Norcia (PG) upland, from Val Canatra’s woods to Pian Piccolo severe glimpses. Million of different itineraries and views to choose, depends on the level of snow, weather conditions and … day-mood!

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 ciaspole- snowshoes- Le Marche  2. CIASPOLATA UNDER THE STARS

At deepest night…counting stars…in Castelluccio di Norcia.

Actually, an experince beyond emotion.

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Senza titolo-2c     3. WALKING IN SNOWY WOODS

“La Macchia Cavaliera”, a legendary name for a mistic and beautiful forest, above Pian Piccolo and Castelluccio’s landscape… are you up for adventure? 🙂

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ciaspole in sibillini   4. SNOWSHOE WALK IN USSITA

A walk through idyllic landscapes and cocoon-like forests, till Monte Bove’s 500 mt side. With a hint of luck you could also see chamois and eagles.

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ciaspole - snowshoe walking    5.ON WOLF’S TRAIL

Animal lovers…who’s afraidof the wolf?! Here is the perfect itinerary for those who enjoy following footprints with snowshoes. This time through Ragnolo fields.


ciaspole - snowshoes- sibillini  6. PRATA PEAK, SIBILLINI’S BALCONY

A balcony on the heart of Sibillini mountain chain. Breathe pureness and enjoy the amazing view on Monte Vettore group, central Appennini and Castelluccio. (Remember to take a picture!)

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ciaspole in sibillini   7. SUNSET ON RAGNOLO FIELDS

OK, stars or sunset..breathtaking anyway 🙂 A different saturday night, walking through snow covered Ragnolo fields accompanied by first stars.


ciaspole- snowshoes- Le Marche  8. CIASPOLATA ABOVE THE MOUNTAINS

An ring-shaped itinerary and you don’t need to be an expert to survive! You will reach Monte Coglia and the amazing view on Fiastra lake (from above!)

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ciaspole - snowshoe walking    9. SEEKING LENTIL

There is a big treasure hidden in Castelluccio’s upland… We are determined in discovering and then eating it! Let’s join the expedition!


Enjoy snowy weekends in Central Italy!

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