Sightseeing itineraries in Umbria - Castelluccio di Norcia
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Trasimeno Lake

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The Park was created to protect and at the same time exploit Lake Trasimeno, one of the largest lakes of the Italian peninsula with a surface of 128km/q. The Park includes all the surrounding area of the lake, and therefore also the historical centres like Castiglione del Lago and Passignano. Lake Trasimeno has all the features of a great natural resource which must be strictly protected and promoted as far as the uses compatible to its conservation are concerned. There are three islands in the lake: Polvese, Maggiore and Minore.
The waters of the lake house a rich ichthyofauna: tenches, eels, carps, pikes, and perches. The balance existing among the species seems to have been broken by the introduction of the cat-fish or because of the changes of the habitat. The avifauna consists of birds of prey such as the short-toed eagle, the eagle owl, and the osprey.

The national park of the Sibillini mountains

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The Park is situated in the middle-western section of the Apennines, inside a huge karstic tectonic plain between Umbria and Marche and called Altipiani di Colfiorito.
The plateau consists of seven basins which were once ancient lake basins, partially drained by a natural process and partially by man. The Marsh of Colfiorito is the most important entity of this particular phenomenon: it has a surface of about 100 hectares, and a thick aquatic vegetation.
The system of plateaus is enclosed by the calcareous ridges, divided by hill systems. The Altipiani di Colfiorito mark a great change in the landscape which from steep and harsh becomes sweet and undulating.

Clitumno Springs and Monteluco

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Situated near Trevi, the springs are immersed in an enchanting oasis of peace which has inspired generations of poets from Virgil to Carducci.
The waters surge in well-heads from cracks in the rocks and gather in a small lake no more than 4 metres deep. In ancient times there was a greater abundance of water and the river was deeper: the Emperor Caligola could travel on the river by boat, when he came to consult the worshipped oracles of Clitunno, the god of the river.
On the river banks there were, at that time, a small temple and other sacred places, magnificent villas and spas. There, every year, religious feasts with competitions, theatrical performances and gladiatorial matches took place.

Piediluco Lake and Marmore Waterfalls

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From the east of Terni, there are the Marmore Waterfalls, the falls formed by the River Velino at its confluence with the River Nera. The falls were created by a Roman consul in 271 B.C. to prevent further marshiness of the area The falls plunge down vertically in three leaps, a total drop of 165m/545ft, and are illuminated in the period from May to August.
Its source is a portion of the waters of the river Velino (the rest of the river flows into a hydroelectric power plant), after flowing through Piediluco lake near the community of Marmore. It pours into the valley below formed by the river Nera.