When in Norcia do visit the Castellina museum and do ask the staff to also show you the Criptoportico.
The museum contains many very early artefacts and was once the seat of pontifical power in Norcia. Perhaps because of low popularity of the Papal representative in Norcia at the time, the Castellina was well fortified and comes with an underground escape route for the inhabitants.
The Criptoportico was an underground entry into Norcia's market area in ancient times, below one of the Roman gateways into the town. It is remarkably well preserved.
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