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The artistic beauty of Norcia

 

Norcia (sometimes known as Nursia in English), a stupendous little city at the foot of the Sibylline Mountains, was founded by the Sabines and already in the 2nd century BC became a flourishing Roman municipality.


Surrounded by 14th-century walls, intact and of exceptional artistic value, it is the ideal place to combine artistic/cultural interests and gastronomic itineraries in the delicacies that this area is able to offer.


Geography

Norcia is located in southeast Umbria, in the junction between two very different but adjacent landscapes: Valnerina, the area of the narrow river valley carved out by the River Nera and its tributaries, and the Sibylline Mountains, center of the National Park of the Sibylline Mountains, a mountainous zone with some peaks reaching and exceeding a height of 2,000 m (about 6,562 ft.).

In the late spring (second half of June), the plateau becomes the theatre for a singular natural event called “the Flowering” – due to simultaneous blooming of dozens of different floral species that create a multicolour “rug” covering the whole of the valley.


Gastronomy

Norcia is an abundant and refined gastronomic paradise: Castelluccio lentils, spelt, the superb black truffle (tuber melanosporum) – the real king of traditional Norcia recipes – cheese of all types like pecorino and caciotta, but above all “norcineria”, the noble and ancient art of processing pig meat, which dates back to the 13th century and has made the Umbrian city famous throughout the world. In the city’s streets you will be surrounded by the aromas of the typical local products.


St. Benedict

Norcia was the birthplace of St. Benedict, the patron saint of Europe and patriarch of Western monasticism. His Rule, which sums up the Eastern monastic tradition, adapting it with wisdom and discretion to the Latin world, opened up a new way for European civilization after the decline of Roman civilization. Following in the wake of St. Benedict, many centers of prayer, culture, human promotion and hospitality for the poor and for pilgrims came into being in the European continent and on its islands.