Situated in south west Umbria, Norcia sits at the base of the Sibylline Mountains, on the northern end of the mountain plain named after Saint Scholastica, a fertile bowl watered by the Sordo and Torbidone rivers.
This birthplace of Saint Benedict joins Benedictine spirituality to a love of nature, the marvels of art and the authenticity of its gastronomy.
Because of its remarkable environmental, culture and art heritage it has been included in club of The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy.
Basilica di San Benedetto
Norcia is situated at the centre of the Sibylline Mountains National Park: the town is surrounded by mountains of more than 2000 mt, a day-trippers and skiers paradise. Between the mountains, on large flat amphitheatres are raised prized crops (most famous are the lentils from the plain of Castelluccio) and a wide variety and quantity of animals (such as hogs for the production of Norcia's renowned delicatessen products).
Not far from the town, on the wide open plains of Castelluciio, can be found the European School of Free Flight; the many trails in the National Park are perfect for hikes, horse riding and mule treks; the Sordo and Corno rivers offer rafting and canyoning, while the striking rock faces, the Karst grottoes and the gorges that are characteristic of the whole Valnerina area are ideal for free-climbing and speleology.