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“A Museum, an underground passage and a hidden Roman gateway”

Museo Civico e Diocesano La Castellina
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Norcia
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Owner description: Damaged during the earthquake
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed 9 April 2016

Built as an "accommodation" for the Pope in the 15th century, then turned into a prison it now houses new art. Interesting are the escape tunnel, a tribute to those area soldiers lost in WWI and an excavated Roman skeleton 4BC. Really not much for your 5 €!

Date of experience: April 2016
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Reviewed 9 November 2015

Our tour group had a guide who spoke English, but quickly and with a very heavy accent. There were several things that stood out on the tour. First, the building is beautiful and worth seeing in its own right. Second, they had an exhibit about the town during WWI and WWII which had town records and other memorabilia in it. I wish that I were able to read Italian - what I could decipher was very interesting and included documentation on the reassignment of orphans and daily life in the Norcia area. Third, the secret escape tunnel in the lower level was very cool to walk through and imagine a time when you might have had to use it to bring in supplies or sneak out of town. Finally, if old religious art is your thing, there will plenty to interest you on the tour. That is not a particular interest of mine, so that part of the tour was somewhat lost on me.

We also had the chance to see the building in full swing with vendors and musicians at the annual Prosciutto festival and would highly recommend timing your trip to Norcia and the Museo around that if possible.

Date of experience: November 2015
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Reviewed 19 October 2015

We had not planned to visit this museum but are very pleased we did. We were charged a small admittance fee and this included an introduction by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide whose explanations of the building and the region filled in centuries of background and the surprising importance and rich history of what is today a relatively sleepy town mainly concerned with fabulous food.

Date of experience: September 2015
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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.

Date of experience: September 2015
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