Itinerary: Sibylline Mountains, Spoleto, Visso, Castelsantangelo sul Nera, Castelluccio, Preci, Norcia
A scenic drive in Umbria to discover the magnificent, lunar landscape of the Sibylline Mountains National Park
The road we will follow during this tour is one of the most scenic routes in Italy. It runs between Spoleto and Norcia crossing the Sibylline Mountains National Park.
The tour starts from Spoleto, a beautiful small town full of artistic and architectural treasures where the extraordinary mixture of Roman and Medieval remains testify the city's great past, which goes back to the Bronze Age.
Today, Spoleto is best known for its "Festival dei due Mondi" (Festival of the Two Worlds), its gastronomic specialties and, finally, for the magnificent landscape of Pian Grande, Pian Piccolo e Pian Perduto, three beautiful highlands featuring an amazing nature. While crossing these highlands (also simply known as Altopiani di Castelluccio) with your car, you may get scared by the dreamlike and surreal surrounding stony landscape, it really seems like having landed on the moon!
After a quick stop in Preci, a charming Medieval village perched on the mountain, make your way to Visso, a small village that is already part of the Marche region. Here, you can stop and visit its main churches such as the Collegiata di Santa Maria and the Santuario di Macereto but also its thirteenth-century walls and some beautiful buildings.
Just 7 kilometers southeast of Visso there is a small village, Castelsantangelo sul Nera, a Medieval town perched on a hill, where you can visit the small and quaint historic center.
Go south and head to Castelluccio a pearl of the Apennines located 1452 meters above sea level. Strolling along its streets, you will feel like living in another age.
Through a 23-kilometer scenic drive, you can reach the bigger town of Norcia. Its historic center has been affected by earthquakes many times in the history, but you can still visit the beautiful Piazza San Benedetto with its Cathedral, the wonderful Portico delle Misure, the Municipality and Castellina, an ancient palace resembling a castle.
Castelluccio and Norcia are mainly famous for their typical products, such as ham, other types of cold cuts (Lonza, Lonzino, Coglioni di Mulo), some types of cheese, and legumes, like Cicerchia. Norcia is a good area where to taste delicious black truffles as well.