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Top Choice Italian in Norcia & the Valnerina

Vespasia

Set in a 16th-century palazzo among contemporary lighting and modern art, everything was bright when Vespasia's understated gourmet cuisine earned its first Michelin star just before the 2016 earthquake. We all know…
Food & Drink in Norcia & the Valnerina

Nero Norcia

Truffle lovers, foodies and mooches should head to Norcia over two to three weekends in late February/early March to join thousands of visitors from all over the world as they sift through dozens of booths, tasting,…
Piazza in Norcia & the Valnerina

Piazza San Benedetto

On the centrepiece Piazza San Benedetto, a statue of Norcia's famous son, St Benedict, with hand outstretched in blessing, stands proud. The saint and his twin sister, St Scholastica, were born here to a well-to-do …
Umbrian in Norcia & the Valnerina

Il Casale degli Amici

Often touted as the best restaurant not named Vesparia, this wonderful farmstead presents its oft-changing menu orally, usually calling on meats raised-on-premises. That could mean you'll be starting with stringozzi…
Trattoria in Norcia & the Valnerina

Trattoria dal Francese

Once a staple in many of the Italian 'best restaurant' guides and boasting a kitchen that was a cut above most places even in this renowned foodie town, Trattoria dal Francese was closed at the time of research – it…
Food & Drinks in Norcia & the Valnerina

Ansuini do Maestro Peppe

You can't miss the wild boar flanking the entrance to this classic gourmet deli, the best spot in Norcia for local salume, cheeses and other gourmet goodies, including craft beer from Amatrice. If you're nice, they'…
Church in Norcia & the Valnerina

Basilica di San Benedetto

St Benedict and St Scholastica were apparently born in the Roman crypt of this 13th-century church. The church's pale, delicate facade – all that survived the devastating 2016 earthquake – once gave way to a calm, c…