The flowers of Umbria

Laurence Wood immerses himself in the timeless villages, spectacular views, tarantellas and amazing cuisine of the Sibillini mountains of Umbria.

14th September, 2013
Castelluccio in Norcia with Mount Patino in the background. Photo: Getty.

From Castelluccio to Norcia, as the ubiquitous hooded crow flies, is just a 12-kilometre hop across Mount Patino in the Sibillini mountains of Umbria. If you are not a hooded crow, however, you have to negotiate the 40 kilometres of wild and empty road that zig-zags 1,000 metres down the side of a majestic and ancient valley.

The mountains between Umbria and Marche are half way down the 'boot' that kicks the Mediterranean from the safety of...

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