A round-trip of Castelluccio in Val di Canatra
Trekking and well-being in the natural landscape of Umbria
To fully enjoy a landscape, it is often best to walk through it. Taking it in step by step, you will discover magical corners, and fall in love with ‘slow' travel.
This itinerary begins and ends in the town of Castelluccio, a small centre which has inhabited since roman times, as testified by terracotta fragments uncovered in the area of Soglio, near the springs of Canatra. The town's alleys and narrow streets wind up and down between the houses perched on the hillside: a real feast for the eyes.
We exit the town and walk down the path flanking mount Veletta, a low hill topped by an iron cross. We thus reach the pass of the same name and continue to walk down the main path. Once we reach Poggio di Croce, we can take a break in this ancient castle which still preserves its original gateway and bell-tower. Just outside the walls we find the church of St. Egidio and the church of St. Annunziata, which contains an important fresco by the Florentine artist Giovanni del Biondo.
We begin our descent towards Colle Bernardo, and then towards Val di Canatra, a wood dividing mount Lieto and Castelluccio.
We continue down this path until it turns into a paved road. Following the climb towards the south-east, we return to our starting point, tired but rewarded by the beauty of what we have seen.