La Fiorita: The Flowering of Castelluccio di Norcia
Castelluccio di Norcia is more than a simple little Umbrian town. Castelluccio is an emotion, a magic place where men and nature blend themselves and find their harmony.
The frame in which the town is nestled speaks for itself: Castelluccio di Norcia is located in the heart of Valnerina, inside the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini (Mounts Sibillini National Park). It is situated at an altitude of 1452 meters and at a distance of few kilometers (about 28) from Norcia (PG), on the top of an hill in the middle of a large plateau.
The Plateau of Castelluccio
The view includes three plains, because the plateau is divided into three sections: Pian Grande, Pian Piccolo and Pian Perduto, for a total of 15 km² surrounded by Sibillini Mounts and dominated by the imponent Vettore Mount with its 2476 meters of height.
Every year, during many weeks between May and July, an incredible mosaic of colours breaks the chromatic monotony of the grazing lands and it is able to fill eyes and heart.
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The Plateau during the Flowering of Castelluccio
Castelluccio and its plains offer a magnificent landscape every moment of the year, but a visit in this uncontaminated place is a must during the flowering!
Between the end of May and the beginning of July of each year, in fact, the plains change face and become a triumph of multicolored shades, thanks to the spectacle of nature (the case was never more appropriate for such an idiomatic expression) called "Fiorita" or "Fioritura" (the Flowering) of Castelluccio di Norcia.
Thousands of flowers bloom the plateau, bursting with colors, with shades ranging from yellow ocher to red, from violet to white. You can admire lentils (cultivated in Castelluccio, they are one of the most typical local products), gentianella, poppies, narcissuses, violets, asphodels, Eugeniae violet, clovers, oxalis and many more.
And if flora is so wonderful, fauna is not far behind: while you are walking in this "natural mosaic", maybe you will watch some gazelles or roe deers...
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When come to see the Flowering
The best period for the flowering
Despite the Feast of the Fiorita takes place every year the third and the last Sunday of June, there is not a best or worst time to admire the flowering. And not even a climax. All depends of the meteorological season, in base of it you will find more or less species, more or less colors.
Development and tendencies of flowering are entrusted in many elements: how much it rained during Winter and Spring; the period of exposure of the sun; the planting time, especially of the lentil. Not to mention that each species of flora has a different blossom period.
Looking the past flowerings
In the official site of Castelluccio di Norcia, you can live again the past flowerings through some beautiful photo galleries, that give testimony of the monitoring of this event, year by year, with photographs for each week of the period. To admire them click here!
For more informations:
- Norcia's Information Office Ph. (+39) 0743 828173;
- Pro-Loco Association Castelluccio (+39) 338 6267022.
Trekking around Castelluccio
In addition, for more active people, an holiday in Castelluccio can give more: Castelluccio is unanimously recognized as the homeland of outdoor sports. Over the years, the little town between Umbria and Marche has became the point of reference for those who love hiking, paragliding, mountain biking, archery, as well as trekking, horseback riding or a special trekking together with donkeys and mules!
Happy time in Castelluccio from Bella Umbria's staff!