Natural Regional Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello
The Natural Regional Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello covers an area of 4847 hectares of protected land; it was established in 1996; the towns included in the park are: Carpegna, Montecopiolo, Pietrarubbia, Frontino, Piandimeleto. The surrounding landscape is hilly and mountainous; there are the Sasso Simone and Simoncello Mountains, Mount Canale and Mount Palazzolo . Mount Carpegna, reaching 1415 metres, is the highest Mount in the park and the watershed between the Foglia valley and the Marecchia Valley. The most typical trees in the park are: the beech, the fir tree, the maples , the ash, the holly and the turkey oak. A wide range of animals can be found: the bear , the lynx, the golden eagle, the roe deer, the porcupine, the badge, the hare and the fox. There are numerous viewpoints and scenic spots in the park. One of the most amazing site is Monteboaggine with its twelfth century watchtower overlooking the extensive fields of Monte Carpegna, Foglia and Conca valleys and Sassi Simone and Simoncello. In spring and autumn the whole area is a perfect destination for mushrooms hunters.