The Chronicles of Narnia

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A small, Umbrian town had inspired C.S. Lewis to call his imaginary land Narnia. It’s located on a rocky hill, on the coast of Nera, in the green heart of Italy.

In the Italian region of Umbria you can find a little and charming town of Narni, boasting of a long history. Just like many Umbrian towns it strikes visitors with the magic of medieval stone buildings and the climate of narrow, cobbled streets.

The attractions of Narni

One of the biggest tourist attractions of Narni is the thirteenth-century Palazzo del Podesta. While in town, we should also see the cathedral and fortification built in 1370. The village is one of the most fascinating centers in the region of Umbria. It attracts mainly lovers of the medieval and Renaissance architecture, but the visit to this charming place will also appeal to the fans of long walks in the midst of greenery. It’s a fairly quiet and peaceful place.

An impressive monument of Narni are the remains of one of the largest Roman bridges ever built - Ponte d'Augusto. To this day only a 30-meter arch on the southern side of the valley remained, but even though it makes a huge impression on everyone, who looks at this solid structure. The whole bridge had about 160 meters long.

According to the documentation of the building, the complexity of its structure, along with the number of irregularities discovered during the archaeological research suggests that the construction of the bridge was a long and difficult process. Moreover, its existence was disturbed by natural disasters, such as floods and earthquakes but also its heavy use. But even though, the only remained span proudly confirms the power of the Roman building.

The surroundings of the ancient town

Narni is for tourists a breath of the past. Beautiful buildings, majestic churches and climatic streets make that you learn the town in a very slow manner. A noteworthy piece is the church of Sant’Agostino, twelfth-century Santa Maria Impensole and San Domenico with a charming chapel and amazing frescoes. After a walk along the trail of monuments, you can continue the exploration and see more masterpieces created with hands of the former inhabitants of the region.

At a distance of approximately 13.5 kilometers from the town you can find the capital of Umbria, Terni. On the occasion of the trip, it is worth to visit Cascata delle Marmore, one of the highest waterfalls in Italy and also the highest in the world, which was created by the human hands. The total height of the waterfall is 165 meters. It’s the work of ancient Romans, partly fed by the waters of the river Velino, falling down to the valley of the river Nera. The water flow is regulated according to the schedule made available to the visitors. Tourists try to arrive at the place before the opening of the gates, to see the migration of water masses.

Overnight among sunflowers

People wishing to explore Narni and its surroundings, and who plan to travel on their own, may take into account the night at the campsite Monti del Sole. It’s located about 5 km south of the town. The place for motorhome costs from 8 to 11 euros per day, while the cost of accommodation for adults ranges between 7-10 euros.

Umbria is a very picturesque region and holidays spent here are a heavenly pleasure – it’s sometimes referred to as the green heart of Italy. In the vast majority it’s covered with forests, valleys and mountains with jagged peaks looming on the horizon. Fields are covered with the sea of happily growing sunflowers. Although it doesn’t have an access to the sea, Umbria is no worse than her besieged neighbor, Tuscany. It’s definitely worth to give her a chance.

Translation: Karolina Strzałkowska

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