The Mount Cucco, 1,566 m high, is located in north-eastern Umbria, on the border with the Marche. Included within the homonymous Regional Park is located between the towns of Fossato di Vico, Costacciaro, Sigillo and Scheggia e Pascelupo (PG).
The action of the water over the centuries has carved the rock of the mountain, of calcareous origin, and has allowed the formation of the Grotta di Monte Cucco (Cave of Monte Cucco): 30 km of tunnels and a maximum depth of 929 meters making it one of the most important and studied cave systems in Europe. Of these 30 kilometers, 800 meters of underground route are accessible to all, organized in itineraries that combine hiking and speleology.
And for 2012 the new cycle of hinking have begun May 1st, ending November 30th, 2012. Title of this year: Al centro della terra - Viaggio alla scoperta del percorso escursionista nella Grotta di Monte Cucco (In the center of the earth - Journey of discovering to the hiking routes of the Cave of Mount Cucco).
Main novelties are the Percorso Avventura (Adventure Path), duration 5/6 hour, journey dedicated to the discovery of the most hidden and most 'technical' stretches of the Cave, with a visit to the Galleria delle Colonne (Gallery of Columns); 'Speciale Ragazzi' ('Kids Special'), excursions for kids aged between 15 and 18 (every Friday in June, July and August). Confirmed instead the classical excursion (reservations required), the 'Traversata' (Crossing, reservations required), the Percorso Scoperta (Discovery Way, optional booking) and the 'Night' excursion (during the days of full moon, reservations required).
For more information about paths and reservations, please take a look to the enclosed .Pdf file at the bottom of the article and to the two sites indicated in the "Event Details" (above before the article, Ed.)