Lovers of C.S. Lewis’s classic series The Chronicles of Narnia will surely wonder at the connection between Narni and Narnia. It is said that Lewis chose the name for his fantastic world because he had come across Narni’s Roman name Narnia in a classical atlas. Not only fans of the saga will love this place but also all people who love the medieval world and the wonderful small Italian villages!
Narni Underground: From September 16th to June 14 the tour is available only over the weekend
Departure & Return
Traveler pickup is offered Pick up and Drop off is included within Accomodation inside the Aurelian Walls
What To Expect
Narni Centro Storico
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
The charm and beauty of Narni struck the writer C.S. Lewis, who was inspired by the beautiful landscapes and medieval structures in the city to create the compelling story: “THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA”.
The book inspired the film produced by Disney and directed by Andrew Adamson where you can recognize the natural wonders that characterize the town as well as see the similarity between the home of the Wicked Witch of Narnia and the various castles that rise on the hills surrounding Narni. It’s a typical Umbrian town, built on a hill 240 metres above sea level with a strong medieval heritage. The town has outstanding views over the River Nera and its valley. The visit to the underground rooms is no conventional tour, it’s history goes back centuries to the foundation of the Inquisition or Saint Uffizio as it was more commonly known, but it’s a history which still has strong links to the present. Narni Underground is a collection of recently discovered rooms, some of which can be visited. The guided tour lasts approx. 1hr. depending on group size. For non Italian speakers headsets can be provided with commentary in English, French or German. For other languages such as Dutch, Spanish, Russian, Polish, Portuguese, Hebrew or Hungarian written guides are available at no extra cost. Our journey starts under what was once St. Dominic’s convent, the entrance is in a XIIth century church, discovered in 1979. This church still preserves some of the most ancient frescos of
the city. Through a passage in the masonry we enter into a large room with a roman cistern, which is probably the remains of a roman house, or “domus”. Then, through a long narrow passage, we reach a large dark room which was the Tribunal of the Inquisition, where the accused heretics were put on trial. Several documents, discovered in the municipal and Vatican Archives and even Trinity
College in Dublin, together with traces left on the masonry by the torture instruments, prove the existence of these trials.
THE CELL A little cell, unique in Italy, is covered in strange graffiti and is testimony to the pain and suffering endured by those who were imprisoned there awaiting trial . One of these prisoners left a message
hidden in a graphic code that still today has’nt been completely decoded. A photogaphic exhibition shows the instruments used by the tribunal to extort confessions from those accused of heresy.
The Rocca Albornoziana, or Albornoz Fortress, dominates Narni and the Nera River gorge from above.
This imposing building was part of a system of forts that the Papal State, after Avignon, built to protect the territory it had just re-conquered. We suggest you stop in to enjoy the spectacular views over the vast countryside, and to visit its museums and multimedia centre.
The fortress is square, its four corners fortified by towers and a moat and second wall for even further protection. The walls and the towers, crowned with corbels, embrace a courtyard that can be accessed via two elegant gates. The courtyard is square and on it are two buildings. An elegant staircase leads to the first floor, once a noble residence. The largest of the four towers is the keep and has a side that is 20 bracci wide and four storeys tall, plus a basement.
The Abbey of San Cassiano is a former Benedictine monastery, located on Monte Santa Croce, outside of the town of Narni.
You will be able to admire its splendid architecture from the Augustus bridge. The bridge was built under Augustus around 27 BC using marble blocks. The 30 m high structure was one of the largest bridges constructed by the Romans.