The Plains of Castelluccio di Norcia
The Plains of Castelluccio are a karstic and alluvial plateau of the Umbria-Marches Apennines.
Located at the height of about 1350 metres, the Plains are three and cover a surface of 15 square km: the Pian Grande (province of Perugia), the Pian Piccolo (province of Perugia) and the Pian Perduto (province of Macerata).
The Pian Grande, that extends for about 7 km with an average width of 3 km and a height between 1300 and 1252, is the major Italian karstic plateau, after the Piana del Fucino and is entirely surrounded by the ridges of Sibillini Mountains. The origin of the basin is due to the lowering of the underlying rock masses, in contrast with the lifts that gave origin to the ridge of Mount Vettore.
The main karst morphologies are represented by various bowl-shaped sinkholes, with waterproof bottom and supplied with water for many months in the year, funnel-shaped sinkholes with waterproof bottom and especially the Ditch of Mergani, a grain-shaped sinkhole ending in a ponor where rain waters end up.
What makes the Plains famous is the Flowering that, between May and June, fills all the area with poppies, cornflowers, marguerites and lentils (the lentil is one of the most appreciated food excellencies of the area, together with cheese).
It’s a perfect setting for a walk, a picnic and a photographic set: among poppies, cornflowers and marguerites you will feel surrounded by regenerating perfumes and fragrances.
Castelluccio and its plateau are the perfect shelter for lovers of mountains: beyond air sports, from hang-gliding to snow-kite through paragliding, it’s possible to practice several outdoor activities, both for the most experts and for beginners, such as trekking, Nordic walking, cycling and horseback rides.