Sibillini Mountains

Sibillini Mountains in Black & White.
A small part of my photos of the National Park.

The Sibillini Mountains, are a mountain group in Italy, part of the central Apennines. Situated between eastern Umbria and the Marche, they are mostly composed of limestone rocks, formed in the Mesozoic and Cenozoic (100 to 50 million years ago) on the bottom of an extinct sea. The land emerged 20 million years ago. Most of the peaks are over 2,000 m (6,600 ft); the highest altitude is reached by Monte Vettore at 2,476 m (8,123 ft).

Since 1993 the area has been part of the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini (Sibillini Mountains National Park).

Flowering of Castelluccio

The blooming occurs mainly between May and July. The Flowering it is a succession of blossomings of different species: daffodils, poppies, violets, gentianellas, lentils and many others.

Castelluccio di Norcia is a small village, that lies in the “Parco nazionale dei Monti Sibillini” in the Umbria region, and with its 1400 metres above the sea is one of the highest in the Appennini. The historical centre is placed on the top of a hill, in the middle of a tableland bearing the same name, very wide, where the famous lentils are coltivated.
It is the blooming of the latter, with other kind of flowers, that offer between the end of May and the beginning of June a truly unique sight.

The blooming occurs mainly between May and July, but there is not a precise period because it all depends on the climate conditions. There is not even a peak, but it is a succession of blossomings of different species: daffodils, poppies, violets, gentianellas, lentils and many others. My advice is to check the blooming on the official website http://www.castellucciodinorcia.it .
If possible avoid Sundays, because the place is packed with tourists, almost unlivable I would say!

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Winter in Castelluccio

A picturesque village – where only 12 people live during the winter – is transformed as the sun sets and it is lit by lamps. Castelluccio di Norcia, in the Monti Sibillini National Park, in Italy, is nestled between mountains including Redentore, the second highest peak in the park, standing at 2,400m.

A picturesque village – where only 12 people live during the winter – is transformed as the sun sets and it is lit by lamps. Castelluccio di Norcia, in the Monti Sibillini National Park, in Italy, is nestled between mountains including Redentore, the second highest peak in the park, standing at 2,400m.

Thanks to the 1m thick snow, the landscape is transformed as the sun begins to set. Redentore, the mountain behind the village, is coloured orange, yellow, pink and bright white as the sun sets.