As an outstanding site ofgeologicalimportance, Monte Conero provides some of the most interesting features of Italian history, preserved up to date in outcrops and stratigraphies that attract researchers from all over the world.
The former Massignano quarry: stratigraphic section of global relevance came to light from this outcrop of ashy scale.
The former Sharon quarry: K-T (Cretaceous-Tertiary) boundary outcrop.
Cliffs, landscape and wildlife
Rolling gently towards the hinterland, the Conero promontory actually features steep slopes consisting of massive limestone and marly cliffs overlooking the sea.
Besides hosting rare nesting species, the cliffs of Monte Conero constitute an extremely precious ecosystem in terms of natural and landscape value. In effect, some of the rarest plant species grow in the area.
Conero Nature Park hosts more than 1,000 plant species, representing almost 30% of the Marche’s green heritage. In addition, the Mediterranean maquis accounts for most of this “green treasure trove”. Furthermore, several species of orchids are also present, including some of the rarest ones.
Thanks to its different habitats, the Conero Nature Reserve is populated by mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. However, local birds account for most of the local fauna, with over 200 species including sedentary, wintering, and migratory ones.
Fun fact: 470 species of butterflies were recorded within the area.