Castelluccio di Norcia
Castelluccio di Norcia is a small hamlet rising from the foot of the Sibillini Mountain National Park. This tiny village in the heart of Umbria is famous for the production of IGP Protected Geographical Indication Castelluccio lentils, which are sown together with other species of flowers on fertile plains that bloom every year from June to July, for the flowering of the plateau known as the ‘Fiorita’. The flowering of the Castelluccio di Norcia large Plateau is considered a unique and enchanting show in Italy. During these two months the colours of the plateau vary, ranging from red poppies and white daisies, to the lapislazzuli blue of the cornflowers to the light blue colour of the famous lentils.
The shades of colour alternate day by day, week by week as the numerous species of flowers blossom, so much that great photographers and painters from all over the world are enchanted by these colours, by the perfection of these landscapes and the magic of the little hamlet. The hamlet was almost completely destroyed in the earthquake that hit Castelluccio di Norcia last October, roads became inaccessible and most of the residents had to abandon their homes and stop farming their crops. The community of farmers who had sown the lentils and developed tourism for the flowering
of the Castelluccio di Norcia plateau were then left without a source of income. Katia Serafini, has not remained indifferent to this deep wound that has hit the green heart of Italy and through her clothing and next spring/summer’s campaign she would like to communicate the urgency and everyday hardship of the area to the world as well as the ancient beauty of these places, aiming to assist the rebirth. Returning to topical issues, Dostoevsky wrote “beauty will save the world”, and today we affirm and hope that the world will save the beauty.