Cupramontana: The path of the friars
This walk leads to 2 monasteries with beautiful views of the Appennines: from the Sibillini Mountains to the Monte Nerone. The water of the babbling brook and the singing of the birds will be the only sound you will hear.
At the end of the small climb the reward appears, the Eremo dei Frati Bianchi, the Hermitage of the White Brothers, where the first hermits in the year 1200 once lived in self-dug caves. They wore white robes and belonged to the Order of Camaldoli. At the end of the valley, the 18th-century monastery itself, designed by the monk-architect Don Appolonio Tucchi, with the beautiful bell tower in front of the rock face, the cloister with sundial and other hidden details, is noticed.
You can go back the same way or, via a more adventurous path, up through the forest to Via Spescia outside the village of Poggio Cupro. Here you walk through an open field with beautiful views, far from all the noise from the modern world.
The monastery of the Frati Neri or the Black Brothers deserves a visit purely because of the beautiful terracotta altarpiece (1529) attributed to Agabiti.
A fraternal community of the Order of the Franciscans still lives here Nearby is the small cave where Beato Giovanni or Johannes Zalig regularly came to pray and whose water (it is said) would combat any headache.