Norcia

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Norcia featuring street scenes as well as a small group of people

Sample fresh local produce, discover stunning natural scenery and browse the atmospheric heart of this charming walled town in the Valnerina Valley.

The medieval town of Norcia, in the Valnerina Valley of Umbria, sits at the foot of the impressive Monti Sibillini range and slopes down to the nearby Sordo River.

Start your discovery of Norcia in its historic town center. The impressive façades of many important buildings line the Piazza San Benedetto, Norcia’s central square, but the real focal point here is the Statue of St. Benedict.

Step inside the medieval Church of San Benedetto, built on the spot where St. Benedict and his twin sister St. Scholastica were said to have been born. Learn more about the life of St. Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine monastic order, and patron saint of Europe.

The Loggia dei Mercanti, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Argentea and the Palazzo Comunale are just some of the other highlights in the heart of Norcia. Make sure to explore the formerly secret tunnel in the Museo Civico e Diocesano La Castellina as well.

Taste the much-lauded Norcia cuisine for lunch and dinner. Black truffles, sausages and salami are among the favorite ingredients for antipasti and pastas to go with your wine. The special pork and wild boar salami, known as “norcineria,” are famous throughout Italy. Try the creamy “pasta alla Norcina" to discover what all the fuss is about.

While you can get to Norcia by train and bus, coming by car is the best way to explore this mountainous region. Rome is 2.5 hours away by road and Spoleto just 45 minutes. Drive to the mountains to hike through Sibillini National Park. Each spring, an amazing array of wildflowers drape a multi-colored blanket over the plateaus surrounding Castelluccio di Norcia, a lentil-producing village above Norcia. Seeing this “Fiorita" on horseback or during a hike or mountain bike ride is spectacular.

Unique festivals keep Norcia interesting year round. Visit in February during the Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Nero to taste the wide range of truffles and wild mushrooms found in the Valnerina Valley. The 3-day Prosciuti dal Mondo festival at the start of November attracts cured ham lovers and other foodies from all over Italy.

Palazzo Seneca
Palazzo Seneca
4 out of 5
Via Cesare Battisti 12, Norcia, PG
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Saint Benedict Square and within 12 mi (20 km) of Bagni Triponzo and Basilica di Santa ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (30 reviews)
"Always the Best!!!"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2020

Palazzo Seneca
Hotel Da Benito
Hotel Da Benito
Via Marconi 4, Norcia
Situated in Norcia, this property is 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from Bagni Triponzo and 12.3 mi (19.8 km) from Basilica di Santa Rita. Sanctuary of Santa Rita and Circuito ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2 reviews)
"The hotel is very clean and well-restored, and the staff were cordial. Norcia is a challenging visit right now, as the tragedy caused by the earthquake is everywhere you look. Not a lot of tourists around, if any, but since it's historically a bit of a tourist town, there's a bit of a weird balance ..."

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2019

Hotel Da Benito
B&B Live Paradise
B&B Live Paradise
Via del Tordo, 12, Località Forsivo, Norcia, PG
Situated in a national park, this bed & breakfast is within 25 mi (40 km) of Bagni Triponzo, Sanctuary of Santa Rita, and Basilica di Santa Rita. Circuito Museale ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (10 reviews)
OUTSTANDING
"We booked for one night but wete so AMAZED that we stayed for a second day. Marina and Danny are incredibly great hosts and, although our italian is non existant, wete able to communicate with us and fill all our needs. Dud we nention rhe outdtanding meals marina prepared? And Danny's pizza? We would ..."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2017

B&B Live Paradise
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Antica Rocca
Antica Rocca
Via Fiorenzuola 12 - 06034 Capodacqua, di Foligno, Foligno, Umbria
The price is ¥172,067 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
Situated in Foligno, this villa is within 9 mi (15 km) of Park of Mount Subasio, Parco Colfiorito, and Museo Archeologico di Colfiorito. Foligno Palazzo Comunale ...
Antica Rocca
Casa Piermarini, Intimate and Elegant Depadance With Pool in Umbria
Casa Piermarini, Intimate and Elegant Depadance With Pool in Umbria
Ferentillo, Umbria
Located in the heart of Ferentillo, this vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Nera Fluvial Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Marmore Waterfall and Nahar Adventure ...
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Farmhouse With Swimming Pool and Whirlpool for Holidays in Umbria: "lavender House"
Farmhouse With Swimming Pool and Whirlpool for Holidays in Umbria: "lavender House"
Ferentillo, Umbria
Situated in Ferentillo, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Nera Fluvial Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Marmore Waterfall and Nahar Adventure Park. ...
Farmhouse With Swimming Pool and Whirlpool for Holidays in Umbria: "lavender House"
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