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“A small and surprising gem”

Museo Civico e Diocesano La Castellina
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Norcia
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Owner description: Damaged during the earthquake
Reviewed 2 October 2015

I was in Norcia with a guide who took me to to this museum. For a small museum in a small town it has a surprisingly good collection, a lot of which was donated by a local man. The building itself is also very interesting with underground passages to explore. The entry price is also very reasonable. So when you want a change from the endless salumerie in Norcia, visit the museum.

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Reviewed 29 September 2015

The curator speaks English and is quite happy to explain the many treasures of the museum. Lots of Etruscan and Roman stuff. Very interesting building.

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Reviewed 30 August 2015

A nice museum. Welcomed by the friendly staff we spent an hour or so touring around the palazzo and museum. I don't really mind but you should be warned that as of the time we were there the place had an unfinished feeling. A project in progress. But don't let that put you off if you are in Norcia, it's worth the visit.

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Reviewed 23 October 2014

I wasn't planning to enter the museum, but next to the entrance I was approached by a guide called Giorgia. Her knowledge of the local history and heritage is vast, her stories are truly captivating, and her English is excellent.
If you visit the museum, or even just the town, seek her!

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Reviewed 2 November 2013

The Castellina, dominating one side of the Piazza di San Benedetto in Norcia, is an imposing and formidable looking building. Not surprisingly, we discovered when we visited the Museo della Castellina that even though the building was built as a residence for the Papal governors in the 14th century, it later became a gaol with a brutal history of torture. The original architectural design called for an extra storey which was rather fortuitously never built helping it to withstand many earthquakes, three of which (1763,1859 and 1979) were devastating.

Once you pass through the plain and daunting outside walls, the inner courtyard is really quite attractive. We found ancient graffiti on the thick wooden shutters, some of which dated back to the 1600's and obviously carved by either interred prisoners or garrisoned soldiers. From the original days of the Papal governors there remains some lovely vibrant frescoes in what was the chapel on the upper floor. There were a surprising number of quality artefacts from Roman times along with the history of Roman occupation in the area and some lovely artworks from the medieval period. We were told by a lady on duty at the museum that the bulk of the exhibits had been very generously donated by one man (a doctor?) to the city of Norcia for the benefit of all.

The Museo della Castellina is well worth a visit and quite apart from the interesting exhibits, don't miss the spectacular views of Norcia's Piazza di San Benedetto surrounded by the wild Sibillian Mountains from the upper windows!

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