Every year at the beginning of May is the Corsa all’Anello in Narni. It is a medieval festival dating back to 1371 and walking around here, actually feels like going back to the middle ages. A must see when you’re in Umbria in May.
The three districts, Fraporta, Santa Maria and Mezule compete with each other : their best horseback riders have to throw their lances through a suspended ring. During the evenings there are exhibitions, games, concerts and local taverns open for public.
The taverns are very cosy, the locals are dressed in medieval clothes and they serve the best typical food and wine from the area. Besides the three taverns There is a special tavern for only cake and desserts, called “Lo Dolce”. The sweets are all homemade and fresh.
Besides the Corsa all’Anello, Narni’s underground is a very interesting and fascinating world. Narni Sotterranea is a journey discovering numerous underground tunnels and rooms of the monastery of San Domenico, a Papal inquisition torture chamber and a prison cell. To visit the underground you need to make a reservation in advance for a guided tour.
Terni is only 13 km from Narni. Narni still breaths the atmosphere of old times, however it is a very modern city. It was bombed during world war II and rebuilt after that.
The city is associated with Saint Valentine, San Valentino is the Patron Saint of Terni. It also hosts the famous Marmore Falls, la Cascata delle Marmore.
At a short drive from Narni and Terni is the valley of the River Nera which has an amazing landscape, top gastronomy and is full of traditions. Small villages like Ferentillo, Scheggino and Piediluco are authentic villages in the mountains.
In Ferentillo is the famous Mummy museum, maybe a bit scary to visit, but terribly interesting.
Restaurant tips in Terni
Ristorante Piazzetta in Terni. A family restaurant in Via Cavour 9 in Terni. Haute cuisine and friendly owner.
A volte tre in Terni. A modern and trendy bar in the centre of Terni, Via Francesco Mancini 10 for a “apericena”. Buffet and drinks.
Private villa’s near to Narni (South Umbria)
A villa with 4 bedrooms, set in an age old olive grove and part of a working farm. The views are fantastic from the vacation villa and located in a wonderful spot. The villa sleeps 8-12 guests.