Castelluccio (Norcia)

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Castelluccio is located in Italy
Coordinates: 42°49′44″N 13°12′21″E / 42.82889°N 13.20583°E / 42.82889; 13.20583Coordinates: 42°49′44″N 13°12′21″E / 42.82889°N 13.20583°E / 42.82889; 13.20583
Country  Italy
Region Umbria
Province Perugia
Comune Norcia
Elevation[1] 1,452 m (4,764 ft)
Population (2008)
 • Total 8
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 06046
Area code(s) 0743

Castelluccio is a village in Umbria, in the Apennine Mountains of central Italy. Administratively, it is a frazione of the ca. 28 km distant town Norcia. According to the 2001 census, it had close to 150 inhabitants.

View of Castelluccio from West. In the background is the Monte Vettore (2478m).


The village lies at 1452 m, making it the highest settlement in the Apennines. It lies above the "Great Plain" (Piano Grande - 1270 m), next to the Monti Sibillini National Park.

Rain and meltwater accumulate on the surface of the plain, which is made of largely impermeable sediments. The greenish ditches drain the water towards openings called Ponors, which are part of the karstic underground drainage system. If the karst drainage is blocked for any reason, water backs up and turns the plain into a temporary lake.


The village dates from the 13th century or slightly earlier, but was also settled by the Romans.[2]


The fields on the slopes below the village are cultivated; the town is known for its excellent lentils. In springtime the nature of the fields is in lavish color, with red poppies and yellow rapeseed. The plains grassland is ideal for sheep husbandry. There is a lot of ski- and trekking tourism.

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