(Monte Nerone, PU Italia - winter)
We live in the shadow of Monte Nerone. Seen for miles & miles or better yet, kilometer after kilometer throughout northern Le Marche. It is our beacon - our north star if you will - if we see Monte Nerone, we know our home is not far from it!
(View of Piobbico, our closest little tiny town)
We have finally taken a drive up to the top! It was a gorgeous drive, especially in the fall with the burnt orange to brazen red leaves speckling the hillside.
The top of this mountain has huge antenna's sending radio, tv & cellular signals all over the area - however, we are situated just a bit too close with a foothill in front of our house, thus blocking everything! It is sooo frustrating, we should have awesome cell service but instead we have to run around the front yard - can you hear me now!
Take a drive, about an hour total roundtrip - in the summer bring some wine & cheese for a picnic, in the fall the foliage is picture perfect & in the winter the ski lift opens! Year-round, Monte Nerone is the place to be!
At 4,403 feet the views are unbeatable you sit above the clouds - to the west you can see into Tuscany & to the east the deep blue color reminds you that the Adriatic Sea is closer than you think!
It is worth a drive to the top for sure - with settlements dating back as early as the sixth century BC, Etruscans left their mark with buried treasures & later the Romans implemented their famed aqueduct infrastructures bring fresh water to the nobility in the villages below - the history here is just incredible!