For part 3 of my Italy Less Trodden occasional series, we’re off to Umbria. More precisely, to Casteluccio in the Valnerina. When I said I wanted to be based in the area known as the Valnerina, the nice lady at the travel company I used couldn’t understand why I wasn’t more keen to visit the main towns…it is a bit of a forgotten corner of Umbria, with mountains and wooded valleys, poor road connections, and large stretches of, well, nothing…
Castelluccio is a very curious, remote little place…..1452m up in the Apennine Mountains, barely more than a hamlet, situated in the vast and strange expanse of the Piano Grande. It sits alone in the middle of the plain, with no other habitation for miles.
The small village square is flanked by grey buildings covered in white graffiti. Wandering around, there was hardly anyone to be seen. The fields on the slopes around the village are cultivated for growing lentils – the lentils from here are renowned. I posted a couple of images of these fields in an earlier post, but will post again for completeness.
This perception of the place is mine, from a few years ago, but from comments I have stumbled across, I don’t believe much has changed. One day, perhaps I’ll return.
I have been meaning to post this for ages, but somehow it has been overlooked….until I saw that Cee’s fun photo challenge had the subject of ‘Alone’ for this week. Perfect, I thought….