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View of Narni from its fortress

Narni is on the main line from Rome to Foligno, so there is no problem with access.  The station is at Narni Scalo, and frequent buses take you to Piazza Garibaldi in about 10 minutes.  I stayed at Hotel dei Priori, which is very central and has a decent restaurant in a nice courtyard (see below).  Unfortunately, there are no other central hotels if this one is full.

Narni provides a good base for day trips to Terni, Amelia and Otricoli.  I spent four days here in May 2006, intending to follow this strategy.  It nearly worked out, but you need to remember that:

  1. there are no inter-urban buses on Sundays and holidays, and taxis from Narni to Terni, which come from Terni, are expensive;

  2. the Antiquarium at Otricoli and the Rocca of Narni are only open on Saturdays (at least at some times of the year) and it is difficult to do both on the same day; and

  3. the important Museo Civico of Amelia shuts on Mondays.  

The enjoyable Corso all’ Anello is held in Narni in the days around the feast of St Juvenal (3rd May).  However, book early if you want to stay at Hotel dei Priori.  I had to stay at Terni in 2010.

If possible, do the Narni Scalo walk on the first Sunday in the month, when the  interesting church Santa Maria del Piano is open for Mass at 09:30 (as at May 2010). 

Restaurants and Bars

My favourite restaurant in Narni is “Il Gallina Liberta”, 13 Vicolo Belvedere (cell phone 349 254 3515), but it is only open for lunch. 

I also liked:

  1. Ristorante Gattamelata, with its terrace overlooking Piazza Garibaldi (0744 717 245); and

  2. la Loggia, the restaurant in the courtyard of Hotel dei Priori (above).

I have not yet tried Ristorante Ristoro del Portanaro, 21 Via Roma, near Porta Ternana (0744 726 376).

Useful bars include

  1. two in Piazza Garibaldi:

  2. Bar Caffé il Centro d' Italia; and

  3. Caffé d' Italia; and

  4. Bar Calderini, in Piazza dei Priori.


Pro Narni publish a comprehensive guide that is available locally.

"Arte a Narni tra Medioeo e Illuminismo" (Perugia, 2004) by Alessandro Novelli and Lucilla Vignoli contains important information about the history of the important monuments of Narni, as well as about the art there.

Giuseppe Fortunati provides two excellent on-line guides to the city:  “Narnia” and”Narni: History”.

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