The Chronicles of Narni

The umbrian hill town that inspired C.S. Lewis to write his classic children series.

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Narni is the umbrian hill town that inspired C.S. Lewis to write his classic children series, The Chronicles of Narnia. The Italian medieval village in the province of Terni is about an hour’s drive north of Rome and dates back to 229BC when the Romans defeated it.

Narni’s unmistakable medieval appearance is equipped with stone buildings and narrow cobblestone streets. Walking the narrow alleys you feel like you are being transported back into another time. The 13th Century church is classic in it’s medieval architecture.

On the edge of the village there is a path you can take through the “enchanted” forest leading you to an ancient bridge. Ponte Cardona is actually one of the largest Roman bridges ever built. The remains of the ancient bridge are located next to the geographic center of Italy as well. There’s even a stone with a dial on the exact spot with a sign in multiple languages.

Exploring this village full of so much history and legend, you can’t help but allow your imagination to get caught up in it all and wonder if you might stumble across a  particular wardrobe. There’s something that feels a bit magical about the place. I guess that’s what happened with Lewis.

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