Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini is in the Italian region of Umbria and Marche. The area is protected to preserve the natural beauty of the countryside and the wildlife that lives here such as the peregrine, golden eagle and the wolf.
Tucked into the beautiful hillsides are fortified towns, medieval castles, traditional villages and stunning churches. There is also lot of unique history to discover in the area, such as the Abbey of Sant Eutizio which can be found in Preci - it developed into a major school for surgery in the 16th Century. Many monks, saints and pilgrims walked the Mont Sibillini paths and their influences can be seen everywhere.
Norcia is a popular town to visit due to its church dedicated to Saint Benedetto, the patron saint of Europe. There is also a pretty square and a choice of good places to eat. Most visitors to the national park spend time hiking. There are guided walking trips which last from a few hours up to eight days. In the winter it snows and cross-country skiers take full advantage of this weather. The spring is warm and pleasant, and the summer months can be hot with thundery showers.