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The wonderful cultivations on the Castelluccio di Norcia Plateau, in Umbria, bloom from early May to July, turning the whole place into an eye-catching mosaic, thanks to the flowering of both agricultural plants and wildflowers along the paths. This part of Umbria is inside the Sibillini Mountains National Park, at 4.757 ft above sea level.
The very Castelluccio Plateau is bordered to the north-east by Mount Vettore, to the south-east by Mount Guaidone, to the north-west by Mount Veletta and to the south-west by Mount Ventosola, which are millions of years old, but have always featured some geological shifts. The hollow is made of three plateaus: Pian Grande, Pian Piccolo, and Pian Perduto, covered by pastures and cultivated fields. Along the paths, there are thousands of Gentianaceae, narcissus, violets, poppies, buttercups, asphodels, Viola Eugeniae, clovers, wood-sorrels, and many other spectacular wild trees. The local farmers never use any pesticides, thus allowing the spontaneous and natural growth of lentils (Lens culinaris), Onobrychis viciifolia, Papaver rhoeas, Sinapis arvensis, Centaurea cyanus, Anthemis arvensis, daisies (Leucathemum vulgare), and colourful Lousia speculum–veneris) – what an unforgettable and most glamorous sight!

Photos by Enrico Crosta

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