Overlooking the gorge of the Nera river and the underlying Via Flaminia (the famous road that connected the city of Rome to the Adriatic sea), in the Pre-Roman age Narni was an oppidum and it was called Nequinum. Then, it became a Roman colony (Narnia), a Medieval municipality and, for a short period of time, it was also part of the Longobardic Duchy of Spoleto. Later it was absorbed by the Church and the magnificent fortress, the Rocca, is a testimony of it. In effect, it was built by the cardinal Albornoz at the end of the 14th century in order to place there the papal garrison, which was represented by the Orsini family. The city was harshly damaged by the devastations of Charles V during the XVI century; in 1798, Spoleto became part of the first Roman Republic; in 1831, moreover, it also took part of the uprising against Gregorio XVI and in 1860 was finally annexed to the Reign of Italy. Many of the most important historical witnesses of the city past, are located underground: the ancient convent of Saint Domenico, together with an annexed church with frescos of the XIII and XV century; a Roman cistern and a cell full of graffitis, realized by prisoners of the Court of the Inquisition; the ex-cathedral of Saint Domenico (with a Byzantine mosaic of the VI century) and the basements of Saint Mary Impensole (with two cisterns of the III/II century B.C.).
In the medieval town, it is also worth visiting the complex of Saint Domenico and the Eroli Museum, which keeps an altar piece by Ghirlandaio and the Annunciation by Benozzo Gozzoli.
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Map with the principle airports of central Italy (San Francesco d'Assisi Airport in Perugia, Ciampino Airport and Leonardo da Vinci Airport Rome-Fiumicino). In the map, it is also pointed out the railroad station in Terni and the Giuseppe Manini Theatre in Narni. The theatre is ca. an hour far from the airports by car. From the station, it is more easily reachable in 20 minutes by car.
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