Norcia, Umbria - the main sights, tourist information

Norcia Umbria Italy

Norcia is the birthplace of S. Benedetto and his sister S. Scholastica who were born here in the year 480. A statue representing the Saint stands in the main piazza outside the Basilica bearing his name. Nearby are the splendid Palazzo Comunale and the Loggia dei Mercanti. Among the sights of Norcia is the Oratory of St Agostinuccio which, despite its simple exterior, should not be missed. The inlaid, gilded and painted wooden ceiling is a masterpiece of local 16 C craftsmanship. Opposite the Palazzo Comunale stands the Castellina, a fortress built by order of Pope Julius III, to designs by Vignola (1554-63), to house the Prefetto della Montagna. The Castellina stands over what was once the Palazzo del Podestà and the ancient Pieve di Santa Maria Argentea. The first floor houses the Museo Civico-Diocesano, which contains works from Norcia and its surrounding area from the 13 C to the 18 C.

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