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This Italian village is entirely surrounded by wildflowers

The fields around the Umbrian village of Castelluccio are a rainbow of blooms right now

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If you’re daydreaming about all the adventures you’ll (hopefully) be able to get up to in 2021, here’s a floral event you might want to pop in your calendar.

The Italian hilltop village of Castelluccio is surrounded by a sea of colourful wildflowers right now. The annual flowering, known locally as la fioritura, turns the fields around the village into a rainbow of fragrant blooms. 

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It’s no surprise that the technicolour display is quite a draw for visitors. People travel to Castelluccio, which is the highest village in Italy’s Apennine Mountains, every year to take in the summer flowers.

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The dazzling display includes poppies, cornflowers, daisies and violets, as well as other wildflowers that farmers allow to self-seed in the fields. They usually bloom between May and July, with this year’s peak taking place in early July. 

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The area is part of the country’s famous Piano Grande, a wide plain that sits beneath the Sibillini Mountains in central Italy. 

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When the fields aren’t full of wildflowers they are used to grow lentils, which Castelluccio is also well known for. 

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Another easy-on-the-eye reason to visit Italy in the near future, then. As if you needed any more...

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