Project Description

NARNI

The beautiful town of Narni with its rich history gains a remarkable appreciation from tourists and historians who visit and study it.

The earliest historic information about Narni, “Nequinum”, date back to 600 b.C. In 299 b.C. was a Roman colony, and in 233 b.C. became an important garrison for the construction of Via Flaminia. Narni was exposed to the barbaric invasions owing to its key position, and became a free municipality in the XI century. During the Renaissance was visited by artists of great fame.

Narni’s Monuments of Relevance

Narni presents numerous monuments of relevance. In the immediate outskirts of the town, there is the “Rocca Albornoz”, recently restructured, and August’s Bridge, built in 27 b.C., 160 metres long, of which remains an arch 30 metres of height.

Narni Underground

The route begins from the convent of S. Domenico with the entrance to a church of the twelfth century, discovered only 30 years ago, which preserves frescoes among the oldest in the city.

Through a hole in the masonry, you pass into a Roman tank, probably a rest of a domus, and then, following a long tunnel, you come to a large hall where the inquiries of the Tribunal of the Inquisition took place, attested by documents found in the municipal historical archives, in the Vatican Archives, and at Trinity College in Dublin, in addition to signs left by the torture tools on the masonry.

A small single cell of its kind documents graffiti signs on the walls with sufferings suffered by the inquisitors, one of whom wanted to leave a message through a graphic code with alchemic Masonic symbols not yet completely decrypted.

On request you can visit the underground of the church of Santa Maria Impensole, where there are preserved Roman structures with 2 tanks, above which a church was built in the eighth century, then used to build a Romanesque church above.

Narni Underground route ends inside Lacus, the great high-medieval cistern under the fountain of Garibaldi Square, already Lago Square.

Distance: 29 km.