Umbria Blog | visiting Norcia

Umbria Blog | visiting Norcia

The last time I was in Norcia was in 2015 two years ago. On a warm summer day I made some pictures of this typical village in the mountains. The Cathedral of Saint Benedict, the square, the statue and the lovely delicacy shops always had a special place in my heart. Norcia is the birthplace of Saint Benedict and is associated with traditional gastronomic products: […]

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Umbria Blog | photo exhibition Si Billino!

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. […]

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A day out in the Sibillini mountains

A day out in the Sibillini mountains

Since we had a very mild winter, the second in a row, we decided to go up in the mountains to find some snow. We had a great day out in the Sibillini mountains, bordering Umbria and the Marche: fun for the kids, great food and a stunning landscape. We started the day in Ussita in the Palaghiaccio to skate. For me it was about […]

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Pasta alla Norcina recipe

Pasta alla Norcina recipe

Pasta alla Norcina is a typical Umbrian pasta dish. The name derives from the small village Norcia. Norcia is in the Sibillini mountains and famous for its sausages, cheeses and cold cuts. People here are quite proud of their local kitchen and rightly so! Umbria also produces the best DOP olive oil of Italy, they say. Tonight I’ve prepared Pasta alla Norcina which is very […]

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Norcia and Castelluccio di Norcia

Norcia and Castelluccio di Norcia

For this blog post I went to Norcia. Norcia is in the mountains in the east of Umbria, almost in the Marche. Many people know Norcia for its meats and culinary specialties: pork, black truffle, lentils and wild boar. But, Norcia is also famous for St. Benedict. Benedict was born in 480 in Nursia, what is now Norcia in Umbria. St. Benedict is the founder of the […]

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Bar in Valnerina

Bar in Valnerina

This week we visited Preci, one of the beautiful villages in the Valnerina. Other villages in these mountains are Cascia, Cerreto di Spoleto, Monteleone di Spoleto, Norcia, Poggiodomo, Sant’Anatolia di Narco, Scheggino and Vallo di Nera. Norcia is maybe the most well known. From here a visit to the Piano Grande, a plateau high up in the Sibillini mountains, is just a short drive and spectacular […]

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Spezzare il maiale

Spezzare il maiale

Two days ago we helped our neighbours carving up their pig. A very important moment in Umbria and therefore always followed by a sumptuous meal. Pigs have always played a big roll in Italian society and there are a lot of proverbs with the word pig in them. One I like is: ‘He who slaughters his pig is happy for a year, he who marries […]

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Piano Grande, Norcia and Castelluccio

Piano Grande, Norcia and Castelluccio

I went to the Truffle fest in Norcia last year. I’ll write some more about that later. First some pictures of the fantastic Monti Sibillini. Met up with some friends from Perci in Norcia. We had a great time ‘snooping’ on all stands. You might not know this but snooping comes from the Dutch word ‘snoepen’ wich means eating nice things especially sweets and candy. […]

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