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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Comments (62)

Serge Cieutat on April 17, 2014

Beautiful view and colors YSL.
Friendly greetings from the Pyrénées, Serge.

Luigi Giannini on April 19, 2014


Seima I on April 19, 2014

Amazing scene of rainbow!! Great shot!


Greetings from Japan,SEIMA

BL (Views? No, thanx… on April 19, 2014

KLasse erwischt, aNNa!

Beste Grüße, Bernd

aNNa.schramm on April 19, 2014
  • Aramos
  • Karl
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  • BB
  • Serge
  • Luigi
  • Seima
  • Bern

Danke für eure netten Komentare, L's + FAV's

ich wünsche Frohe Ostern - Grüße aNNa*

Guizel J.c on April 19, 2014

Amazing view,beautiful capture



aNNa.schramm on April 19, 2014

Danke Guizel - Grüße aNNa*

motorhand on April 20, 2014

Sieht aus als hätte der Regenbogen einen Schatten ;-)

pictures Jettcom on April 21, 2014

Automatic Camera oder Hektik ? Hier entscheidet die Marke - Canon EOS hätte es ganz geschafft und alles echt erfaßt - Top Photography - best regards and wishes Elle aNNa.Schramm - from @jettcom Tower Black Forest

aNNa.schramm on April 21, 2014

motorhand ich hatte in real auch manchmal gedacht ich sehe einen Schatten ;))) jettcom es gibt eine Reihe von Aufnahmen vom Regenbogen und Landschaft aber ich habe dies ausgewählt ;)))))

Liebe Grüße aus Umbrien aNNa*

Colin Jackson on April 21, 2014

WOW!! Fabulous capture, aNNa! 'L' + 'F' :-) Best wishes, coljay

aNNa.schramm on April 21, 2014

coljaY thanks soooo much ;) greetings aNNa*

albertLM on April 22, 2014

beautiful captured,nice photo!




lizab on April 22, 2014

Wo für das Gold zu suchen!

Bassam Jayousi on April 23, 2014

Beautiful sight and perfect shot! Like

Best wishes, Bassam

aNNa.schramm on April 23, 2014
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  • Bassam

...das Glück und das Gold ist nur im Herzen

Liebe Grüße aNNa*

jbs.panagiotopoulos on April 23, 2014

Amazing: if you crop the bottom part it would seem as if the rainbow disappears in the crevice!

♥ Kama ♥ - NO VIEWS on April 23, 2014

• Great moment that you have captured perfectly. Like a lot this pic.

• by ♥ Kama ♥ - My viewer

aNNa.schramm on April 24, 2014

jbs.panagiotopoulos + Kama

yes - it was a wondeful time

warm greetings aNNa

Alito_di_vento è chi… on April 24, 2014

Anche l'arcobaleno..... Non ti manca proprio niente.....

Bellissima..... Ciaooo


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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
    • No flash