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.


Infiorate di Spello (Spello Flower-Deckings), Umbria, Italy

During your next trip to Italy (I’m pretty sure you can’t help but to do it, after this post), make sure to be In Umbria, an amazing region right in the middle of Italy (more specifically on May 29, 2016). Hundreds of artists and volunteers spend the whole day and night before decking with flowers most of the Medieval streets of this enchanting town, for the Feast of Corpus Domini, Latin for “Body of the Lord” (also known as Corpus Christi, Latin for “Body of Christ), a Christian Catholic Feast, joined with Pasqua/Easter (Easter Sunday change every year, according to lunar cycles).

Well, these religious floral images are soon stepped on by a procession, led by the local bishop, that of course destroys these floral carpets. So, all these colorful and scented artworks have to be admired only in the short period of time between their creation and the following procession.

Several other cities in Italy (as Noto in Sicily) and Spain keep this tradition alive.

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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

See more images of the Italian earthquake on Yahoo News

Yesterday central Italy was awakened by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Accumoli (3:36 AM local time), near Norcia, at the border between Umbria, Marche and Lazio regions. The depth of the Earthquake was just of 4km and the destruction in the epicenter was high. The area is known for earthquakes; the most recent are the Aquila earthquake (2009) and the Umbria-Marche earthquake (1997).

At this link it is possible to visualize an interactive map of the event, where the epicenter, the historical seismicity and the shakemap are shown.

Source: USGS.