- Monte Rotondo from Rifugio del Fargno.
The route from the Rifugio del Fargno to the 2100 metre summit of Monte Rotondo is deservedly popular. Many visitors make the ascent to the summit and then return the same way, or perhaps use one of the alternative descent paths to form a circular route. This walk extends the popular Monte Rotondo circuit to include a dramatic ridge section above the picturesque Valle Acquasanta, which enhances still further the already splendid panoramas to be enjoyed on this mountain.
Because the refuge at Forcella del Fargno is the highest place in the Sibillini which is conveniently accessible by car, the area can get very busy in peak periods – although most visitors do not walk into the mountains. At such times, the Rifugio del Fargno is often open, selling a good selection of refreshments.
The Rifugio is reached (from either East or West) via long white roads, which are a little deteriorated in places, so care and time are needed in order to get to the start of the route. It’s also worth noting that these types of road can be closed by damage caused during winter, sometimes right up until the beginning of the summer season in June.
The paths used by the route are generally clear, with just a
few places where they can sometimes be vague. Much of this route involves ridge
walking where care is needed, especially on the steep ascents and descents. Use
of a compass is highly recommended.
Monte Rotondo from the start of the ridge
View from the approach to Monte Rotondo, looking
back down the ridge and over the Rifugio del Fargno,
towards Monte Priora and Pizzo Berro.
View from the summit of Monte Rotondo,
looking back down the ridge. The
National Park use red and white paint to
mark selected routes.
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