Castelluccio is a small village in Umbria, in the Apennine Mountains of central Italy, just at the heart of the Country. The closest town ( Norcia ) is about 28 km distant, but beyond a mountain pass. The village lies at 1452 m, making it the highest settlement in the Apennines. Its inhabitants are about 150, but most of them don’t live there all year long.
The village dates from the 13th century or slightly earlier, but the area had previously been settled by the Romans.
In 2016 and 2017 Central Italy sismic events hit Castelluccio hard, destroying roughly 60% of the town, forcing the evacuation of all inhabitants and the total closure of all road and/or offroad access. Since 2018, the village can be reached again, and temporary buildings have been erected housing bars and shops.
The fields on the slopes below the village are cultivated; the town is known for its excellent lentils. The plains grassland is ideal for sheep husbandry. Nowadays there is also a lot of ski- and trekking tourism.
For a few weeks, from June to early July, the chromatic monotony of the pasture and lanscape change image, thanks to the wonder of nature called “La Fiorita” of Castelluccio. When the flowers bloom , the three highlands burst with color, with shades ranging from yellow ocher to red, from purple to white, from pink to blue.