We booked several months ahead since we were planning a hiking trip in the Sibillini. We were not disappointed, far from it! Although several B&Bs and small restaurants seem to have cropped up in Castelluccio, Taverna in my mind is the place to stay, and the place to eat too, thanks to a half-board option that you MUST enjoy. The room was clean and satisfactory, but the real gem is the restaurant where delicious specialties are served, and a wine list to match, all with impeccable service. Also, the owner was very helpful by arranging transport to Norcia. Unique vistas, food to die for, mountains all around... Recommended without hesitation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CASTELLUCCIO DI NORCIACastelluccio di Norcia ( 1452m ) is also known as the Italian Mongolia due to its mountains. Situated in Umbria in the centre of Italy, it is one of the most precious jewels of the National Park of the Monti Sibillini. Famous for the great conditions to fly, it's also a great choise for those who love to walk, to ride in bicicle or in moto. Who loves horses will find on the Big Plane a ranch. Photographers, from the end of May until ( more or less ) the end of June/beggining of July, invade Castelluccio to see the natural and the infestant flowering ( +1000 species ). Another curiosity of this paradise is the Mergani, a depression in the end of the Big Plane. This depression had been in the past the scenary of scientific studies to know where the water depositated in its interior finishes. The answer is still unknown.One of the most popular destination is Monte Vettore ( 2476m ), the third highest mountain of the Appennini. The top is occupied by the Lake of Pilato ( called this way as the legend teaches that the body of Pilato may be found in the bottom of the lake ), permanent and the only house of Chirocefalo, a tiny red fish that exists only here.Our Hotel is divided in two structures. The Oldest is Taverna Castelluccio ( 1986 ), placed in front of the Lost Plane ( Marche/Umbria ). This structure is composed of 7 rooms ( 4 with panoramic view ), all ... more less