The plain of Castelluccio di Norcia
The warm spring sun makes us all more active. All we need is a free afternoon and we've already planned country walks and trekking adventures. This is the ideal time to visit the plain of Castelluccio, not far from the town of Norcia.
From the end of May until July it is possible to admire the amazing phenomenon of spring blooming: a wonder of nature that fills the whole area with colour. This is the perfect setting for a walk, a picnic, a photoshoot. Surrounded by poppies, cornflowers, and daisies, you will feel enveloped by regenerating scents and fragrances.
Also the local lentil flowers bloom at this time, and the plant's fruit is considered one of the area's gastronomical excellences, together with local cheeses. The typical produce and excellent cuisine make Castelluccio a worthy destination all year round, even in the colder months.
When the temperatures are lower, it is still possible to admire the historic town, to practice paragliding, or even go animal-watching in the Monti Sibillini national park, where one can observe from up close wolves, royal eagles, peregrine hawks, and numerous other local species.
By mountain bike, it is also possible to reach lake Pilato, located in a basin carved out by ice and the passing of the years. When the water level is low, it is sometimes possible to see two circular basins. Plants such as germanders, snow gentians, edelweiss and alpine campions, willows and yellow Apennine poppy all grow abundant in the lake's surroundings.
Lovers of winter sports will also be able to go on some unforgettable trips on the snowy mountaintops. The local ski tracks and cross-country skiing paths are dedicated to all the more expert and well-trained practitioners of those sports.
But our suggestions don't stop here. Castelluccio, as with many other areas of Umbria, has always been home to donkeys and mules, which were essential to the economic and trading activities of the region. Still today it is possible to go down the ancient mule-ways and to trek alongside these sweet animals.