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Walk from Narni Scalo

Take the bus from Piazza Garibaldi to the railway station at Narni Scalo.  Until 1945, this was the industrial area of Narni, but it has since become a thriving residential area. 

The interesting church of Santa Maria del Piano, which is now the cemetery church, is only open for Mass once a month.   If you decide to visit it, walk from the station to the main road and then turn left.  The road to the right, opposite the A&O Supermarket, leads to the church and cemetery.

Retrace your steps to the main road and continue straight across the crossroads.  Turn left at the end of the road: Santa Maria del Ponte is immediately on the right.

Retrace your steps a little way to the junction, and then continue straight ahead to rejoin the main road nearer to Narni.  Turn left through the road tunnel and then continue along the road, which crosses the railway line and then the river.  There is a nice view of the Ponte di Augusto below, with Santa  Maria del Ponte behind you.  To get down to the bridge, walk down the stepped street on the left, just before the bar at Tre Ponte, and turn left at the bottom.  The Emperor Augustus built this bridge to take the western branch of Via Flaminia across the Nera and on to Bevagna.

Retrace your steps a little way and then turn left over the river.  This footbridge replaced a medieval bridge that was used when the Roman bridge became unusable.  (This was possibly the site of a bridge that took the eastern branch of Via Flaminia across the Nera before the construction of the Ponte di Augusto).

There is a nice view of the Abbazia di San Cassiano through the arch of Ponte di Augusto from the footbridge.  The abbey is closed, but if you decide to visit it anyway, the path is signposted from the junction ahead.  It runs left between the railway line and the river, passing the remains of the fallen arches of Ponte di Augusto on the left, and then across a car park before winding up through the woods to the abbey.

Return to Tre Ponte and cross the main road. 

The minor road ahead winds steeply up to Porta Polella (13th century).  [This gate became superfluous after the destruction of 1527]


Continue and walk through Porta della Fiera (1556-9), which was built after the destruction of 1527 to a design by the Florentine Nanni di Baccio Bigio (born Giovanni di Bartolommeo Lippi).  The wooden doors can still be seen on the inside.  The nearby churches of San Vittore and San Savino were demolished.

Walk through the gate and continue along Via Gattamelata to Piazza Garibaldi, where the walk ends.  (For the precise route, see Walk I).

Drive to the Sacro Speco di Sant’ Urbano

The return journey to the Franciscan hermitage known as the Sacro Speco di Sant’ Urbano, via the Roman Ponte Cardona, is some 25 km long (35 minutes driving time).  However, if you just want to visit the Roman bridge, it is a nice walk - see the detour at the end of Walk II.

If you are driving, leave Narni at Porta Ternana, along Via Roma.  Turn right at SP20 for Sant' Urbano. 

Take a short detour right along Strada dei Pini and leave the car at the car park beyond the restaurant "Il Montagnone" (which is now closed) in order to begin the walk to Ponte Cardona (see below).  

Return to the road and continue through Sant’ Urbano to the Sacro Speco di Sant’ Urbano.

Walk to Ponte Cardona 

From the car park, continue on foot along the track, which follows the ravine on the left.  Follow it as it crosses the ravine (after about 5 minutes) and take the path to the left.  Below the sign here, an extract from the statutes of 1437 is reproduced: it forbids the throwing of rubbish or the molestation of women visiting the “canale” to draw water.

The path now follows the Roman Acquedotto della Formina, the remains of which can be seen at a number of points. 

A sign to the left marks the Rupe di Marculo, the cliff from which the notorious Roman nobleman, Francesco Cenci, threw the hermit Marculo in 1568 when the latter refused to divulge to him the location of buried treasure.

After about 15 minutes, you reach Ponte Cardona, which is said to stand at the geographic centre of the Italian peninsular.  Retrace your steps to the car park.

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