Norcia

The Valnerina Valley around Norcia was a main area for religious retreats, and a centre of spirituality because of  the early presence Syrian monks, who provided the base for the following development of the Benedictine order.  Well preserved and fascinating landscapes , abbeys,… wonderful hamlets as well as truffles and cold cuts  are to be experienced along the valley of the river Nera.

HALF DAY TOUR
Church of St. Benedetto: built upon the birth place of St. Benedict and his twin sister Scolastica, it preserves a few Roman remains

The Castellina: a 16th-century fortification housing an interesting art collection comprising wooden statues, ancient crucifixes from the 12th- and 13th century, altar pieces and delicate Renaissance carvings.The Etruscan Massenzi collection is also on display.( entrance fee and on previous request)

The city tour might include the frescoed church of St. Agustin, of St. Maria Argentea Cathedraland the “Tempietto”, a tiny  14th-century street  shrine
 
IF YOU HAVE MORE TIME
Climbing up in the spring  to the Piana di Castelluccio, a 3.900 feet plateau, allows  the extraordinary view  of all the different  flowers from a  spectacular  colourful blooming. Castelluccio di Norcia is   a small characteristic medieval mountain village at the base of the Sibillini Mounts

Alternatively, a wonderful excursion to Val Castoriana with a break at Campi and the Romanesque St. Eutizio Abbey, early hermitage for Christian and Oriental anchorites and later a  famous Benedictine monastery.
 

 
DURING YOUR FREE TIME

There are plenty of delicatessen shops (norcineria) wherein to find the best truffles and sheep cheese (pecorino)
 
Make a full day adding Cascia, Valnerina hamlets such as Vallo di Nera, abbeys or a visit to a typical farm

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