We have great fun asking kids, “Did I ever tell you about the day we went to Narnia?” Wide-eyed astonishment is quickly followed by, “You can’t fool me that easily!” But it’s true! We lunched in this little Umbrian town, whose cobblestoned streets and ancient arched gateways seem to just call out, “Come explore me!”
Narnia dates clear back to 600 BC, when it was known as Nequinum. Until, that is, the Romans conquered it and renamed it Narnia! But the beautiful town was not a well-known place in Roman days. Its one great fame was the Ponte d’Augusto, one of the largest Roman bridges ever built. Spanning the River Nera, it crossed the old Roman road, Via Flaminia. One arch of that ancient bridge, 30 meters high, still remains standing today.
But through the imaginary works of C.S. Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia, the town came to fame in modern times.
Lewis named his fictional Narnia after the Umbrian town, now called Narni. Saying that he found the name while perusing an atlas, when still a child. Take a look, and see this special place!
It’s like entering a doorway to another world… the Land of Narnia!
Stroll the streets, see the sights…
And stop by for tea with Mr. Tumnus…
And then clear the streets to make room for king!
We’re off to Cair Paravel…
For the Royal Coronations!
And when your visit is over, you can always come back…
Because there is always a door back into Narnia!
And because once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia!
But may we never find Castle Cair Paravel in ruins!
Beautiful, isn’t it? And full of hidden beauty, just like The Land of Narnia!
Narni drew international attention in the 1970s, with the discovery of Subterranean Narni!
Underground Narni is a fascinating journey back in time. A labyrinth of tunnels, aqueducts, cisterns and vaults, it starts under the Monastery of Saint Domenico. These, along with a courtroom, torture chambers, and cells from the Inquisition remain intact. With graffiti on prison walls still speaking of the suffering endured there. We don’t really enjoy visiting torture chambers. But visiting such places truly does bring history alive!
And you can visit Subterranean Narni, too, without even leaving your house!
But of course the best way to see Narina is to come and visit it for yourself! It really is like another world!
We hope to go back to Narni someday. But even if we don’t make it, we do know that we’ll one day make it to the real Narnia. Aslan’s Land of Narnia, you know. For “once a king or queen…”
How about you? Have you ever been to Italy’s Narni or to Aslan’s Narnia? Would you like to go?
Resource: Narni Old Town.