Castelluccio Floral Majesty

July 7, 2014 4:07 pm Published by 2 Comments

Floral wonders take the stage in many an Umbrian festival: in the medieval street theater of Assiisi’ medieval May festival in Assisi, Calendimaggio, floral themes are key.

Young passion for the medieval at Calendimaggio

Young passion for the medieval at Calendimaggio

 

In Spello’s astounding Infiorate festival (sixty days after Easter), astounding floral tapestries star.

A stunning Infiorata - with the tired workers in the background

A stunning Infiorata – with the tired workers in the background

 

Look up as you stroll the medieval backstreets of Umbrian hill towns from spring to fall to see the chromatic majesty of the “hanging gardens” adorning balconies and doorway entries.

Floral-laden balcony of Spello

Floral-laden balcony of Spello

 

But Madre Natura puts on the greatest floral spectacle of the entire region of Umbria in late June/early July on the Piano Grande (“Great Plain”) fanning out below the tiny medieval hill town of Castelluccio di Norcia.

Trying to capture Castelluccio charm and flower profusion

Trying to capture Castelluccio charm and flower profusion

 

Chromatic majesty

AHHH those REDS

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Brilliant yellow rapeseed, fiery red poppies and sky-blue cornflowers border the fields of Castelluccio’s famous tiny lentils creating a kaleidoscopic patchwork which no camera can capture.

I tried.
I caught a shot of Pino before the wonders and though I can’t do “selfies,” I had to try – so that I’ll always remember that we were there. We lived the majesty.

Read more on Castelluccio and the flowerings of the Piano Grande
Read about nearby Norcia

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2 Comments

  • Paula Duffy says:

    Living the Majesty…indeed! I’m just back from my beloved Umbria, but reading your posts, Anne, excites my interest and curiosity about so many aspects of life in the green–and floral–heart of Italy.

    Your commentaries and photos deserve the broadest possible audience of readers and travel-planners; one could easily plan several exciting itineraries based on your digest of what’s happening in the historic towns and hamlets central Italy. Your deep knowledge of the region–its cuisine and culture–is unparalleled!

  • Paula, thanks for your note – much appreciated!
    Hope we can head together to Castelluccio next year!

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