This picture taken on July 9, 2017 shows lentil and poppies fields in bloom near Castelluccio, a small village in central Italy’s Umbria region. After the hearthquake in Octber 2016, the road reaching Castellucio was open July 8 to tourists for the first time to see the blooming of fields of lentils and poppies.

Umbria is a region of historic and modern central Italy. It is the only Italian region having neither a coastline nor a border with other countries. It includes the Lake Trasimeno, Cascata delle Marmore, and is crossed by the River Tiber. The regional capital is Perugia. Umbria is known for its landscapes, traditions, history, artistic legacy, and influence on culture. The region is characterized by hills and historical towns such as Assisi (a World Heritage Site associated with St. Francis of Assisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and other Franciscan sites, works by Giotto and Cimabue), Norcia (the hometown of St. Benedict), Gubbio, Perugia, Spoleto, Todi, Città di Castello, Orvieto, Castiglione del Lago, Narni, Amelia, and other small cities.


Strong earthquakes hit central Italy

Daylight revealed widespread damage in central Italy on Thursday after strong earthquakes overnight that caused panic and fear among residents just two months after a quake nearby killed hundreds.

No one was killed this time, but dozens of people sustained minor injuries and about four others more serious ones, Italy’s Civil Protection Agency said.

Many residents of Campi, a town of about 200, slept in their cars as aftershocks rocked the Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions throughout the night. The earthquake on Aug. 24 in the same area killed nearly 300 people and destroyed several towns. (Reuters)

Photos: (from top) AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Max Rossi/Reuters (3), AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi

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Thursday October 19th and Friday 20th

After killing a few hours in Santiago (shopping) Sonia and I flew to Madrid and then on to Rome. We stayed the night at an airport hotel and in the morning drove to meet the boys. Their flight was on time and after hugs and kisses, we rented a car and drove to Perugia, in the Umbria region. Our first hotel is an actual castle! It once protected the city, of Perugia, and was then used as an army barricks. We had wine and cheese looking out over the hills (sigh) and then a gorgeous dinner in. My tiara is shining bright!

Earthquake leaves at least 24 dead in central Italy

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 21 people dead and many others trapped under rubble, reports say.

Many of the dead were in the village of Pescara del Tronto which was levelled to the ground and there were fears the number could rise.

Much of the town of Amatrice was reduced to rubble and a family of four were feared dead nearby in Accumoli.

The quake hit at 03:36 (01:36 GMT), 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome.

Although it struck at a shallow depth of 10km, its intensity was compared to the Aquila earthquake in April 2009 in which 309 people died. The epicentre was around Accumoli where several people died.

Some buildings in the capital shook for 20 seconds as the quake struck an area between the regions of Umbria, Lazio and Marche. It was felt from Bologna in the north to Naples in the south.

The highest casualties were reported in the small village of Pescara del Tronto, where 10 people were reported dead, among them children. Twenty people have been taken to hospital.

Two boys aged four and seven were pulled alive from the rubble of the house they had been staying in with their grandmother, Ansa news agency reported. Rescuers said they had been sheltering under a bed.

More damage was reported a short distance up the road in Arquata del Tronto.

Some of the worst damage was in the town of Amatrice, where at least five died and rescue efforts were under way to find survivors.

“The roads in and out of town are cut off. Half the town is gone. There are people under the rubble. There’s been a landslide and a bridge might collapse,” said mayor Sergio Pirozzi.

“There are tens of victims, so many under the rubble. We’re preparing a place for the bodies,” he said.

The main street through the town has been devastated and emergency workers are trying to reach six people in a collapsed building.

In Accumoli, a short distance to the north, Mayor Stefano Petrucci said one person had been pulled out of the rubble during the night.

“Then there is a family of four under a collapsed house and sadly there are two small children among them.”

A local photographer spoke of 15 rescuers digging with their bare hands trying reach the family.

“They hear the screams of the mum and one of the children,” he said.

The main street through the town has been devastated and emergency workers are trying to reach six people in a collapsed building.

Edit: 4:27p.m  more than 70 people are dead.