: 604 m a. s. l. - pop. 5,500
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Norcia is the native town of St. Benedetto
and hosts an important patrimony of works
of art and historical objects. Norcia emerges unexpectedly over a tableland at 600 m above sea level, surrounded by an
amphitheatre of high mountains. Norcia lies in a fertile landscape and
produces a rich and excellent harvest. (Of note are the famous lentils of Castelluccio di Norcia). Local people breed
pigs which are famous for the production of superior quality Italian salami).
Sights to see:
Piazza San Benedetto
: Right in the historic center, it hosts the most important buildings; the
church of St. Benedetto, the Cathedral and the Palazzo Communal ( Town
The church of San Benedetto : Gothic style building, it has a nice portal overlapped
by a rose window. On the right side 15th century portico. Latin cross
interiors with single nave. In the crypt it preserves some remains of
an ancient Roman house and many important works of art.
Palazzo Comunale :
Imposing building with an elegant faēade with portico. Several works of art
in the interior.
restored in the 18th century it has a Gothic portal and well-built
bell tower. It hosts valuable works of art.
Stately fortress built by Vignola in 1563 by order of Giulio III. It hosts
the Civic Diocesan Museum.
Civic Diocesan Museum
: It preserves several works of art. Notable are two big paintings of the
16th century by Antonio da Faenza ( Madonna and Saints ).
15th century church with a very nice rose window and rich portals on
the sides. Frescoes in the interior.
Sant Agostino :
Gothic church characterised by the nice lancet portal. Rich interior with
For nature lovers and walkers, the plain of Castelluccio di Norcia offers
a truly unique spectacle, in particular during Spring-time when the meadows,
because of the flowers in bloom, assume a thousand different tonalities mixed
together in a multitude of colours.
Norcia events and festivals:
Last weekend in February : National truffle exhibition
March : Benedictine celebrations - historic parade.
Easter time : Good Friday evocative procession with life scenes of
Dec 9 : Feast of Faoni, lighting of big fires in the farmyards.
Typical products : Salami, truffles, cheese, lentils, hand-embroidered
textiles, copper handicrafts, antiques.
By Train : The closest railway stations are :
By air :
International flights to Rome or
Florence - Domestic flights to Perugia.