Umbria Blog | photo exhibition Si Billino!

As most of you know the earthquake on October 30, 2016 caused a lot of damages in Norcia and many surrounding villages in the Sibillini mountains. One of these is Castelluccio di Norcia, a small mountain village at an altitude of 1400m at the foot of the Vettore mountain. At this moment Castelluccio cannot be reached anymore, one hopes to restore the infrastructure before summer.

Many people from this area are now living in temporary shelters, tents, hotels at the Adriatic coast and accommodations along the Trasimeno Lake in Umbria. The Prime Minister has promised that all homes will be restored. But how long will that take?

There is an enormous sense of solidarity among Italians who over the centuries have learned to live with earthquakes. The Italian government has promised millions to rebuild the affected areas.

One of the many initiatives to support the people of the Sibillini area was started by Umbria Lab and is called Si Billino!. Umbria Lab is a cultural association founded by Marco Angeletti and fellow artists and entrepreneurs. They organize initiatives to promote the Umbria region, but they also join events for fund raising. At this moment they raise money for the earthquake victims in collaboration with Ri-Fiorita.


Si Billino! is a photo exhibition about Castelluccio di Norcia and the Sibillini Mountains. All pictures are taken by Italian photographers and show the wonderful nature of the Sibillini mountains, Castelluccio di Norcia, the Piano Grande and the Pilato Lake, all are impressive landscapes. The photos can be seen until February 3 in the cultural center of Terni, CAOS. Thereafter, the exhibition will be moved to Foligno.

We visited the exhibition in Terni where we also purchased lottery tickets for the project where Si Billino! and Ri-Fiorita stand for: the construction of a clubhouse in San Pellegrino di Norcia where residents can meet and organize all kinds of initiatives for the local population. San Pellegrino di Norcia is a small village 4 km from Norcia.



Ri-Fiorita is a cooperative set up by Umbria Lab together with four other associations whilst Si Billino! is a project invented by Umbria Lab. “Fiorita” means literally “blooming” referring to the impressive flower fields of Castelluccio di Norcia in the months of June-July. Ri-fiorita means “re-blooming”: the cooperative stimulates all kinds of initiatives to support the communities in the area most hit by the earthquake.


Si Billino! is a wonderful exhibition, and an honorable initiative at the same time.

Visit the website Sensazioni d’Arte for more information about this project Si Billino! (In Italian).

MAEC Museum in Cortona, Tuscany

Last week my son was invited for a birthday party at the MAEC Museum in Cortona, Tuscany. In this museum two Egyptian mummies are kept. At school they have just had history lessons about Egypt, farao’s, pyramids and mummification, so this was terribly interesting for them. For me it was a good occasion to join them since I had never been in this museum. I was pleasantly surprised!


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Three day quote challenge

We’re taking up on the three day quote challenge from Ishita, Italophilia. Thanks for nominating us!

Since we live in Umbria in the Lake Trasimeno area, I thought it would be appropriate to start the challenge with a quote from Lord Byron who has travelled through Italy and also passed by at “our” lake. Even in our small village there is a “Via Byron” to commemorate this fact. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find the original quote in English, though the Italian translation can be found anywhere when searching for Lord Byron and Lake Trasimeno:

“Trasimeno, il suo lago è un velo argenteo.”

I’d translate this as “Trasimeno, its lake is a silvery veil.” At times the lake indeed seems to have a silvery veal.


Reading about Lord Byron and his escape to Italy I found this quote though, that illustrates Italy very well:

“…and now, fair Italy! Thou are the garden of the world…”

This is so true: driving through Italy one often feels like driving through an enormous park or garden.

With the quote challenge, I am supposed to nominate three bloggers for each day. Let’s change that to nominating three bloggers on the last day of our three quotes. I suppose that is not going to harm the chain of quotes?

Mind, nobody is obliged to follow up on the nomination.

I hope you enjoyed today’s quote.

– post by Saskia van der Bolt –