Regional and long-distance buses arrive in Norcia daily from the Spoleto train station and also from the Rome-Tiburtina train station. For all other bus schedules to and from Norcia, use the scheduled Umbria Mobilità bus service. Bus tickets can be bought on the bus itself.
You can get as far as Spoleto by Train. Trains travel frequently to Spoleto coming from Roma-Termini, Roma-Tiburtina, Ancona, Perugia, and Orte. For schedules, visit the Trenitalia website. From Spoleto there are daily bus connections using the scheduled Umbria Mobilità bus service. The bus-stop is in front and to the left of the train station, about 20 metres. Be sure to verify the bus schedule before buying your train ticket to make sure you can make the connection.
Coming from the northwest: exit from the A1 (Florence-Rome) motorway at Valdichiana, continue for Perugia on E45 road, continue for Spoleto; 5 km (1 km = 0.6 miles) before Spoleto take the exit for Norcia.
From the southwest: travel along the A1 (Florence-Rome) motorway, exit at Orte, continue for Terni and then for Spoleto; at 5 km from Spoleto you will find the exit for Norcia.
Travelling from the northeast to southeast: travel along the A14 (Bologna-Taranto) motorway, exit at San Benedetto del Tronto, continue in the direction of Ascoli Piceno, continue in the direction of Rome, not going farther than Arquata del Tronto, where you will find the exit for Norcia.
You can get to Norcia by train or bus from the airports of Rome Fiumicino, Rome Ciampino and Perugia S. Egidio. Both Roman airports are well connected to Termini station, the central transportation hub of Rome.
Trains from Roma-Fiumicino-Airport to Termini can be found by clicking the button below.
Buses, such as the Terravision or Sitbus, from Roma-Ciampino-Airport to Termini can be found by clicking the button below.
Bus connections between the Perugia-Airport and Norcia can be found by clicking the button below.
More information on transportation from the Perugia airport can be found by clicking the button below.
If you will be a guest of the monastery, we ask that you make your travel plans so as to arrive in Norcia before 19.00. The monks rise at 3.30 every morning and go to bed early!
On account of the damages caused by the recent earthquake, the Basilica of St. Benedict will remain closed for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we are unable at this time to host groups, whether for group masses or for group presentations and tours. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. Please visit our website for updates and news: https://en.nursia.org/earthquake/
Since our space is very limited, the conventual Mass at 10:00 will be open only for a very restricted number of persons. Please call for availability.
There is still the opportunity to meet the monks at the porter’s office and gift shop Corvus et Columba located on the Piazza of St. Benedict, next to the Basilica.
The Monks of Norcia
The Basilica of St. Benedict has been an important pilgrimage destination for centuries. Rising up from the ruins of a Roman building from the 1st century after Christ, the basilica sits above the site where, according to tradition, St. Benedict and his twin sister St. Scholastica were born. The remains of this ancient structure are still visible in the church’s crypt.
The basilica was built in 1200, but it has been remodeled several times over the centuries. The facade and the 14th-century bell tower are typical of the region’s architecture.
The arch above the main door depicts Our Lady with the Christ child between two angels. On the sides of the arch are two pedestals where the statues of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica remind the townspeople and visitors of their special role in the town’s history. A beautiful rose window, surrounded by symbols of the four evangelists, is built above the main entrance.
The basilica’s interior is in the form of a Latin cross, with a single nave and polygonal apse. It has undergone various modifications in the course of the centuries and it does not follow any one particular style: Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque elements are all blended together.
On the side walls one can admire the interesting canvas paintings of local artists from the 16th to 18th centuries.
The first altar on the left was dedicated to Pope Saint Celestine V in 1752, and depicts other saints from the Tridentine period. The second altar on the left portrays the resurrection of Lazarus by Michelangelo Carducci (1562). In the left transept, you will find a painting by Phillip Napoletano from 1621 visualising the meeting between St. Benedict and Totila.
The first altar on the right is of St. Lucy with St. Ambrose and St. Augustine. The second altar on the right is of the Epiphany. In the right transept you will find St. Scholastica depicted with two local saints on either side of her, St. Eutizio and St. Spes.
A stone plaque in memory of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica resides in the crypt, which is accessible from inside the basilica. The original Roman walls of the saints’ birth house are still visible, and you will also find there traces of frescoes from the 13th century.
In June 1966, Pope Paul VI elevated the church to the dignity of a minor basilica.
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Starting in Norcia, the Way of St. Benedict stretches 300 kilometers through the Sibillini Mountains, reaching Subiaco, Cassino and the Liri Valley.
The Way of St. Benedict is a path through Benedictine history and a path of pilgrimage. It sometimes intersects with places connected to other well-known saints, such as St. Rita of Cascia, St. Francis of Assisi, and St. Thomas Aquinas.
Whether you choose to travel by foot or by bicycle, you will discover the beauty of Italy and historical places from the lives of the West’s greatest saints.
Those beginning the Way of St. Benedict in Norcia may request a special blessing for pilgrims from one of the monks after the 10:00 conventual Mass and at the end of the following prayers: