Horrifying news coming out of Norcia in Italy right now. The third earthquake to hit the region has finally destroyed the world-famous church (and the alleged birthplace of Saint Benedict) in the main square.
We were staying overlooking the church only a few months ago, and now it seems there’s terrible destruction throughout the town.
Just another random shot of Norcia in Italy (one of the towns damaged by the recent earthquake). Taken out a museum window on a rainy afternoon in June.
We still don’t know a lot of the details of the earthquake in Italy. They are saying the epicentre is Norcia (below, in June), but it seems the worst damage was done in the surrounding towns. It is one of my favourite parts of Italy, but unfortunately also very earthquake-prone.
UPDATE: apparently there *IS* a lot of damage in Norcia, but it isn’t as obvious in the news images. I’m now seeing stories that the church in these pictures is badly damaged on the inside. I suppose we’ll hear more soon.
When we were staying in Norcia we were discussing how another earthquake wouldn’t be far off.
I came here on my own to check the internet before dinner, and instead ended up being served more free snacks than I would eat in an entire meal (!). I am posting some more pictures from Norcia in Umbria, Italy this afternoon just to waste time!
I honestly do not know how people could possibly make any money when they give so much away for free!
We have just arrived in Norcia and are about to try and find lunch (this is one of those Italian towns where everything still closes for hours in the middle of the day!).
The view from our room…