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Expenses

Expenses

Expenses

  • A donation of €20 per person per day helps cover our minimum expenses. More generous gifts will always be welcome and will help offset the costs for poorer pilgrims.
  • Private kitchen:
    • €15 for individuals and small groups
    • €25 for groups of 10 people and more
  • If your financial resources do not allow you to cover the expenses, please do not let this stop you from coming.

Length of Stay

Length of Stay

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How to get to Norcia
  • Ground

    By Bus

    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.

    By Train

    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.

    By Car

    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.

  • Air

    By Air

    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.

    From Rome
    • Roma-Fiumicino-Airport → Roma-Termini → Spoleto → Norcia (Train → Train → Bus) shortest
    • Roma-Fiumicino-Airport → Roma-Termini → Roma-Tiburtina → Norcia (Train → Metro → Bus) shorter
    • Roma-Ciampino-Airport → Roma-Termini → Spoleto → Norcia (Bus → Train → Bus) longer
    • Roma-Ciampino-Airport → Roma-Termini → Roma-Tiburtina → Norcia (Bus → Metro → Bus) longest

    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.

    From Perugia
    • Perugia-Airport → Foligno → Spoleto → Norcia (Bus → Train → Bus)
    • Perugia-Airport → Foligno → Spoleto → Norcia (Bus → Bus → Bus)

    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 Saint Benedict

    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 Structure

    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.

  • The Side Altars

    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.

  • The Crypt

    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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  • General Information

    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.

  • Special Blessing

    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:

     

    • Sext (12:45)
    • None (14:45)
    • Vespers (16:15 / 17:30 / 18:00) see basilica schedule for more details.
  • More Information

    For more information visit: http://www.camminodibenedetto.it/

“Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer. For pilgrims seeking living water, shrines are special places for living the forms of Christian prayer in Church.” (CCC 2691)

A pilgrimage is an ancient Christian practice of visiting important shrines and holy places with the goal of increasing faith and drawing closer to God.

We rejoice in welcoming you to Norcia to be a pilgrim with the monks.

Every two years, we organize a pilgrimage “In the Footsteps of St. Benedict”, where Fr. Cassian leads us in prayer along the four central places of St. Benedict’s life: Norcia, Rome, Subiaco, and Montecassino. The next scheduled pilgrimage is October 2016, and details can be found here. Thanks to Catholic Faith Journeys for organizing this year’s pilgrimage!

Other groups visit Norcia more regularly, for instance the magazine Inside the Vatican; here is a list of their pilgrimages.  Additionally, our friends at Syversen Touring and Catholic Faith Journeys include Norcia among the cities they tour on their pilgrimages.

The pilgrimages listed are all in English, but we do have Italian friends who hike to Norcia from San Benedetto del Tronto each summer.  More info can be found here.

We occasionally have friends in the United Kingdom who organize pilgrimages; for more information, please contact us.