Piano Grande, Castelluccio, Umbria

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The Piano Grande is a large plateau, 4,000 ft above sea level in the central Italian Apennine mountains. The Piano is flanked by the Sibilline group of mountains (Italian Monti Sibillini), the highest of which is Monte Vettore at 8,123 ft (2,476m). The Piano is a karstic basin (see under karst) composed of porous limestone that holds underground reserves of water, and it supports an astonishing array of wild flowers in the spring and summer. Its single village, Castelluccio (Norcia), is perched on a high rock in the middle of plateau, and is famous for the small delicate lentils which are grown in the surrounding plain.

The Piano Grande may be approached by road over mountain passes from Norcia in Umbria, from Ascoli Piceno in the Marche or from Visso to the north in the Apennines. (Wiki)

Castelluccio (1.452 m) 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.

The village 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.

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. (Wiki)

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Marina@ on April 14, 2014

Toll eingefangen, L1! Liebe Grüße, Marina

Eva Lewitus on April 14, 2014

Hast Du den Schatz am Ende des Regenbogen gefunden? L

aNNa.schramm on April 14, 2014
  • Marina
  • Eva ... nur gesehen, war zu weit weg ;))))...

DANKE!! ...und eine schöne Woche aNNa*

Henu Eins on April 14, 2014

here i am....ysl...wahnsinnsbild....L+F...gruß heiner

Gabriel MaXoTe on April 14, 2014

【ツ】 Fantástica foto LIKE , saludos desde TENERIFE , Gabriel

aNNa.schramm on April 14, 2014
  • henu o.k. dann nehm' ich dich beim nächsten Mal mit ;)))
  • Gabriel ... it was a fantastic moment ...

LG aNNa*

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Frank T. Schmelz on April 15, 2014

Ich kann's kaum glauben! Das ist ja irre. Wo kam denn der Regenbogen her?

Liebe Grüße

aNNa.schramm on April 15, 2014

;)) als wenn er aus der Erde zum Himmel geht :)))


polipao on April 15, 2014

And this....

aNNa.schramm on April 15, 2014


Peter Schmitz on April 15, 2014

Am Anfang vom Regenbogen oder das Ende ,egal einfach schööönnn!Herzliche Grüße Peter

Alberto Abbà on April 15, 2014

Bel colpo!

L + F

Buona settimana, Alberto

idahodon on April 15, 2014

Excellent photo! The rainbow leading to the gold! L+F! Best wishes, Don.

aNNa.schramm on April 15, 2014
  • Don + Alberto THANKS so much for LIKE + FAV

  • Peter Dank für L

senza inizio e senza fine - no beginning and no end

Liebe Grüße aNNa*

Aramos on April 16, 2014

Bela fotografia de momento, muito bom L 11. A.Ramos

Karl Hartwig on April 16, 2014

Ein Regenbogen wie eingepflanzt. L und LG, Karl

gentiane73 on April 16, 2014

c'est magnifique ! YSL :-))

Biobauer 🌻 on April 16, 2014

Auch schön:)

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Photo taken in 06046 Castelluccio, Province of Perugia, Italy

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  • Uploaded on April 14, 2014
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    by aNNa.schramm
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-TZ31
    • Taken on 2013/09/19 18:18:06
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 15.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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