A visit to this mind-bending “theatrical complex, with its adjoining sacred and profane “cities” which form a vast architectural allegory for the physical and existential journey through life, is a trip down a rabbit hole…
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The last time I went to Narni, I went specifically looking for magic. I didn’t find it in the town, but in the enchanting (enchanted?) countryside nearby. This time, I went to Narni simply looking for a fun time. And guess what: magic.
Is the Narni Underground worth a visit? Absolutely. But despite the charming story of its discovery, the pleasant surprise of the ancient chapel and its frescoes, and the admirable research that went into uncovering its secret uses, I was relieved to return to the light.
Size matters in things like toothbrushes, telephoto lenses, and stained glass windows. Of which Perugia is home to the second largest in Italy.
I had, until recently, been living under the false assumption that Gubbio was the town of crazy people in Umbria. That is what I had been told, and I believed it. Until yesterday, that is.
Because yesterday I discovered that Spoleto is home to Umbria’s insane.
There are a number of well-preserved Roman monuments and sites–and lots of ruins requiring a bit of imagination to piece back together–which, for Roman history buffs, is always a thrill to visit. Spoleto’s Roman Theater is one of the few still in use!
Need a certificate to show you’re not playing with a full deck? Head to Gubbio…
Putting wine in a context wider than a goblet.
The thing about magic is that when you go looking for it, it doesn’t show. And then, when you’ve let your guard down, it sneaks up on you in the most unexpected places. Like this remote Franciscan monastery outside Narni.
Contemporary art can pop up in surprising places in Umbria, like this Renaissance palazzo in Spoleto’s historic center.