The Medieval town of Norcia is located in southeastern Umbria, in a wide plain abutting the Monti Sibillini, a subrange of the Apennines with some of its highest peaks, near the Sordo River, a small stream that eventually flows into the Nera. The town is thus popularly associated with the Valnerina (the valley of that river).
The area is known for its air and scenery, and is a base for mountaineering and hiking. It is also widely known for sausages and ham made from wild boar and pork, to the point that Norcia has given its name to such products: in Italian, norcineria.
Known in the Roman period as Nursia, it was later conquered by the Lombards.
St. Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine monastic system, and his twin sister St. Scholastica, were born here in 480.
The village of Castelluccio lies at 1452 mt., 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.
Castelluccio is famous for a special variety of lentils “La lenticchia di Castelluccio” a DOP product, well-know n Italy and abroad for its delicious flavour.
In Spring and Summer, thanks to the blooming of lentils and other plants, il Piano di Castellucio offers visitors an unforgettable experience.