Umbria is a green, landlocked territory with low-key pleasures and a gentle way of life. Its cities are small in size but big in treasures. Graced with intact Etruscan walls, medieval architecture and artworks by Perugino and Pinturicchio, Umbria’s capital Perugia consistently exceeds the expectations of its comparatively scarce visitors.
Umbria is a land of saints; the most famous unquestionably being Francis, whose hometown of Assisi remains a today a major pilgrimage destination and the depository of extraordinary art by Giotto and Cimabue. Saint Rita, Saint Claire, Saint Benedict and many other Umbrian saints can also find worthy tributes in churches and monuments up and down the region, especially in the art-rich towns of Spello, Spoleto, Todi and Montefalco.
For nature lovers, Umbria is a true feast. Summertime brings a plethora of flowers, including lavender, sunflowers and poppies in the central ‘Valle Umbra’. More committed nature photographers flock to the high-altitude towns of Norcia and Castelluccio to capture the spectacle of wildflowers every year. Though the towns themselves are still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2016, the endless carpets of red, yellow, blue and white flowers continue to delight.
My collection of photographs includes a detailed record of art and architecture in the towns of the Valle Umbra. I also have photographs of pre-earthquake Norcia and Castelluccio, including the annual fioritura in July 2016.
List of photographs of Umbria available in my collection
PERUGIA (May 2011) – Historic centre, churches, squares, panoramic views.
VALLE UMBRA – ASSISI (May 2011) – Lavender fields in July 2016, Spello, Foligno, Spoleto, Trevi, Montefalco, Bevagna (July 2016), Gubbio (May 2011), Todi (May 2011).
SPOLETO – Historic centre, churches, festival, Ponte delle Torri, Campello sul Clitunno, Fonti del Clitunno, Tempietto del Clitunno.
NORCIA – July 2016 (before the earthquakes) – Photographs of the Saint Benedetto Basilica before destruction CASTELLUCCIO before the earthquake, fioritura 2016 red and yellow flowers, fog and sun.
ORVIETO – Historic centre, Cathedral, frescoes by Luca Signorelli.
Events – Calendamaggio Assisi 2011, lavender in bloom, Castelluccio’s fioritura 2016, Festival dei due mondi 2016 (Spoleto).
Photo Galleries of Umbria
Norcia & Monti Sibillini