Lonely Planet Writer

The Italian valley that explodes into colour every year

Every year, the village of Castelluccio di Norcia in the Central Italian province of Umbria bursts into colour as thousands and thousands of flowers bloom between the months of May and July.

See the stunning photos of this year’s Fiorita, the “blooming,” here below.

The village of Castelluccio di Norcia sits at 1452 metres above sea level in the middle of the Monti Sibillini National Park. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
The village of Castelluccio di Norcia sits at 1452 metres above sea level in the middle of the Monti Sibillini National Park. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
Among the thousands of flowers that bloom each summer, poppies are the ones that stand out the most. The blooming includes daffodils, violets, asphodels and many more. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
Among the thousands of flowers that bloom each summer, poppies are the ones that stand out the most. The blooming includes daffodils, violets, asphodels and many more. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
The valley of Castelluccio is divided into three parts, called Pian Grande (Big Valley), Pian Piccolo (Little Valley) and Pian Perduto (Lost Valley). Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
The valley of Castelluccio is divided into three parts, called Pian Grande (Big Valley), Pian Piccolo (Little Valley) and Pian Perduto (Lost Valley). Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
The valley spans a total surface of more than 15 sq km. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
The valley spans a total surface of more than 15 sq km. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
A girl takes in the stunning colors of the Fiorita. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
A girl takes in the stunning colors of the Fiorita. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
The village of Castelluccio has an official festival to celebrate the blossoming, but in truth there’s no set date to visit it since its timing is decided by nature and nature alone. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
The village of Castelluccio has an official festival to celebrate the blossoming, but in truth there’s no set date to visit it since its timing is decided by nature and nature alone. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
A couple walks in the fields between the blossoms of the Fiorita. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
A couple walks in the fields between the blossoms of the Fiorita. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
Purple and red flowers are everywhere in the valley. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
Purple and red flowers are everywhere in the valley. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
A woman bends down to take a close-up of a flower during the Fiorita. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
A woman bends down to take a close-up of a flower during the Fiorita. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
The boot shape of Italy appears made out of trees on the slopes of the mountains. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
The boot shape of Italy appears made out of trees on the slopes of the mountains. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
If you’re lucky, you could also spot some roe deer wandering among the flowers. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
If you’re lucky, you could also spot some roe deer wandering among the flowers. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
Blooming flowers make for a perfect selfie background. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.
Blooming flowers make for a perfect selfie background. Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images.