The Queen Sibyl

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The Sibyl is the mountain from which the Sibillini National Park takes its name, the most famous and perhaps the most visited for the beauty of the panorama from up there. With its 2,173 meters is the highest peak of the Sibillini, but without a doubt is the most full of suggestions, myths and legends, for centuries related to the figure of the Sibyl , an illustrious prophetess who according to the legend lived in the cave located on the top of the mountain peak called Corona the Crown), which in ancient times many knights have achieved in search of oracles and prophecies.

It is possible to reach the Sibyl through different paths more or less difficult, the shorter one is definitely the one that starts from the Rifugio Sibilla (1540 m . ), for a total of 630 meters in altitude . The refuge can be reached by car to a dirt road just 2 km from our farm . Once you have parked the car near the Refuge , take the marked trail that begins at the hairpin behind the refuge and climb up the slopes of Monte Zampa and in less than one hour of walking we reach the ridge (1791 m .). This is the most exciting time, when the view opens up to 360 degrees and you can see all the peaks of the Sibillini mountains and the valley of Infernaccio . Now we continue the scenic ridge to south-west, towards the Crown which can be reached in about one hour walk . The hike is really impressive for the fantastic panorama that sweeps over the hills and villages of the Marche to the Adriatic coast . Reaching the Crown is the most challenging part of the path, you have to climb a 5 feet rock with the help of a fixed rope. Just before you get to the to top, on the left, we see a pile of rocks, these are the collapsed remains of the entrance of the cave of the Sibyl, also called Cave of the Fairies, who according to legend was the point of access to the underground kingdom of the Sibyl .

THE LEGEND

From the early 1400s the legend of the Sibyl spread enormously throughout Europe thanks to the chivalric romance The Guerin Meschino by Andrea da Barberino, in which the main character, in search of his roots, goes into the cave of the Sibyl to ask the famous Prophetess about his origin, he stays in the cave a year resisting with all his heart to the temptations and snares of the sorceress and her bewitching maidens , without falling into sin to be able to get out and go to Rome and to the Pope asking for forgiveness.

In 1420, the French knight Antoine de La Sale goes to the cave on the order of the Duchess Agnes of Borgogna, reporting in detail his experience in the book Heaven of the Queen Sibyl , describing the route taken, and his entrance into the cave with drawings and precise details.

 

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