Narnia Culture & Leisure

From July 14 to July 28, 2024


July 14 – July 28, 2024

As part of the Narnia Festival, you may enjoy taking part in the activities of Narnia Culture & Leisure – a brand of Narnia Arts Academy – ranging from cultural courses to guided tours dedicated to tourists and family members of participants in the campus.

The proposals are modular and designed for a term of one or two weeks.

All classes will be run in English by our qualified and experienced teaching staff.

All participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

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Course on Italian opera in the 1800’s
A biographical account of various composers and the cultural and historical background of the society of this period.

Through the opera’s librettos you will have the opportunity to get more closely acquainted with the Italian language. Upon request, it is possible to organize a trip to Terme di Caracalla in Rome to watch an opera in a unique setting.

• The course will be held at the University of Narni on
Thursday, July 18 – Saturday, July 20 – Thursday, July 25 – Saturday, July 27
from 12.00noon to 1.30pm.

• Two lessons (July 18 and July 20 or July 25 – July 27): €80 per person.
• Four lessons (July 18, July 20, July 25, July 27): €150 per person.

All materials will be provided.
At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Meet your teacher:
Hailed by The New York Times as “an artist of the highest caliber” following her stunning 1996 debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Cristiana Pegoraro has performed for some of the most important organizations and concert halls in Europe, the US, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. She is the Artistic Director of Narnia Festival.


Lectures-Performances on the great composers
Introducing Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin.

Celebrated pianist/composer Cristiana Pegoraro invites music lovers to experience a trio of transcendent composers in an innovative setting. Over three entertaining sessions, you’ll enjoy a musical dialogue that combines sparkling performances of major works illustrating the artists’ innovations and stylistic differences, with an engaging overview of each composer’s life and times.

• The course will be held at the University of Narni
Wednesday, July 17 – Tuesday, July 23 – Thursday, July 25
from 10.00am to 11.00am.

• Three-class course: €100 per person.

At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Meet your teacher:
Hailed by The New York Times as “an artist of the highest caliber” following her stunning 1996 debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Cristiana Pegoraro has performed for some of the most important organizations and concert halls in Europe, the US, South America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. She is the Artistic Director of Narnia Arts Academy and Narnia Festival.


Lectures on Medieval art, history, and architecture

Medieval Umbria is a land of saints and warriors. This period played witness to the births of St. Francis, St. Clare and Erasmus of Narni, the adventurous mercenary leader; all great characters that would go on to influence the art, religion, and politics of the centuries to come. It was in this period too that the great basilicas, castles, and monasteries were built, typically found throughout the Umbrian landscape. The presentations will illustrate the history and the most important events of the Middle Ages, as well as the architectural and artistic evolution of the cities and the territory. The meetings will also be enriched by guided excursions to the most intriguing places of Narni and Umbria.

• Lectures will be held at the University of Narni on
Tuesday, July 16 – Tuesday, July 23
from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

• One lesson (July 16 or July 23): €40 per person.
• Two lessons (July 16 and July 23): €80 per person.

At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Meet your teacher:
Stefano Grilli holds a degree from the University of Viterbo in the conservation of cultural heritage and archaeology. From 2002 to 2006 he worked at Narni underground and participated in archaeological excavations at Chiesa di Santa Maria Maggiore (now Auditorium San Domenico). Currently, he works for Societa’ Sistema Museo, a company that offers specialized assessments of museums and cultural heritage. He coordinates the activities of Cascata delle Marmore and the City Museum in Todi. He is a tour guide of the Umbria Region.


Culinary courses on traditional Umbrian cooking
with a sampling of local food.

In two classes of three hours each, you will learn how to cook traditional Umbrian meals, using the freshest ingredients coming directly from local farmers. All meals are easy to prepare and to reproduce at home.
After completing the preparation of your dishes, you will taste your creations.
So, why go to a restaurant if you can have the opportunity to experience real Umbrian cuisine first-hand? Then upon your return home, show off your newly learned skills to friends and family, bringing them a real taste of Italy, one that will always stay with you!

• Classes will be held in Sangemini on
Thursday, July 18 – Thursday, July 25
from 3.00pm to 6.00pm
• Classes last three hours each and will allow you to prepare a three-course menu.

• Single class: €75 per person.
• Two classes: €150 per person.

The price includes dinner and beverages.

At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

Meet your teacher:
Lorena Autuori graduated from the ALMA Academy, run by world-famous Chef Gualtiero Marches. She funded ”Percorsi con Gusto”, a cultural association that promotes traditional regional Italian cuisine through group cookery classes.


Trekking Trails
Two trails in the Umbrian nature discovering the places where Saint Francis of Assisi used to wonder and the beauty of ancient Roman ruins in Stifone.

• first trail – Speco Francescano with a visit to the monastery
Sunday, July 21 from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
• second trail – Stifone, the gorge, and the Roman harbor
Sunday, July 28 from 8.00am to 11.00am.

• Two trails: €75.
The Trekking trails are easy and aimed at anyone. There are no required special athletic skills.


Geographic center of Italy, situated in the province of Terni, in the region of Umbria.

It’s a typical Umbrian town, built on a hill 790 feet above sea level with 20.570 inhabitants and strong medieval traces. The town has outstanding views over the river Nera valley and the wide plane of Terni. Narni offers artistic, archaeological and religious itineraries, plus an abundance of natural history for the tourist. The town’s theater dates back to 1800.

It is surrounded by cultural gems, including the renowned cities of Perugia, Assisi, Todi, Spoleto.

Narni is situated 62 miles from Rome and 46 miles from Perugia.

How to reach Narni by plane:

The nearest airport is Rome Fiumicino (FCO).

For the participants of the Culture&Leisure Program, Narnia Arts Academy provides private transportation by bus from the Rome Fiumicino Airport to Narni and from Narni to the Rome Fiumicino Airport for 35 euros each way.

Those who would like to take advantage of our private transportation options should arrive and leave accordingly to the dates and schedules in which the service is offered.

Bus from the Rome Fiumicino Airport to Narni:

  • July 19, approximate time of departure between 1.00pm and 2.00pm
  • July 27, approximate time of departure between 11.00am and 12.00pm

Bus from Narni to the Rome Fiumicino Airport:

  • July 27, approximate time of departure between 6.00am and 7.00am
  • August 3, approximate time of departure between 6.00am and 7.00am

Please send us your arrival and departure time, airline and flight number before July 5.

How to reach Narni by train:

The nearest train station is Narni – Amelia and is connected with Roma Termini or Roma Tiburtina train station by hourly trains.
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For the participants of the Culture&Leisure Program, Narnia Arts Academy provides car transportation from the Narni – Amelia train station to all lodging facilities and from all lodging facilities to the Narni – Amelia train station.

Please let us know your train schedule by July 15th.

How to reach Narni by car:


  • Take Highway A1 toward Florence
  • Take the exit toward SS3
  • Keep left at the fork, follow signs for Otricoli/Calvi dell’Umbria/Terni
  • Turn left onto SS3
  • Turn right onto Via Flaminia Romana/SS3
  • Continue to follow SS3
  • Turn right onto Strada Narni-Sant’Urbano/SP20
  • Turn right onto Strada Narni-Sant’Urbano.


  • Take Highway A1 toward Rome
  • Take exit Orte toward Via Terni/E45/SS204
  • Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Perugia/Terni/Narni/Flaminia/Fano/E45/Cesena/Amelia and merge onto Via Terni/E45/SS204
  • Take the ramp onto SS675
  • Take exit Narni to merge onto SS204
  • Continue onto Via Tiberina/SS3ter
  • Slight right onto Strada dei Tre Ponti/SP1
  • Turn right onto Via Flaminia Ternana/SS3
  • Turn right to stay on Via Flaminia Ternana/SS3
  • Sharp left onto Strada Narni- Sant’Urbano/SP20
  • Turn right onto Strada Narni-Sant’Urbano.

Average temperatures in July:

72F – 78F (22C – 25C)

Historical information:

Although Neolithic people lived in this region, the first historical document mentioning the town is dated 600 B.C.
Narni was a Roman colony under the name of Narnia, a name that comes from the Nar River, which today is called the Nera.
In 233 B.C., with the construction of the via Flaminia from Rome to Rimini on the Adriatic coast, Narni became of major importance and it was heavily fortified because the road passed through the town.

In 90 B.C., Narnia became a municipally (semi independent) town within the Roman Empire.
The first Christian Bishop of Narni, Giovenale from Cartage, was chosen in 368 A.D. and later was consecrated as Patron Saint of the town.
Narni’s strategic position, standing as it does above the deep gorge of the river Nera, has made it a target of many invading and barbarian forces.
In the 11th Century it established its power as a free “Comune” (autonomous town).
Between the 12th and the 14th century it reached its greatest splendor.
In 1371, the Pope Reformed the Statutes of the city and Narni became part of the Papal State.
Narni developed a school of painting and goldsmithing. Many artists of the renaissance period produced work for clients and patrons in Narni: Rosellino, Ghirlandaio, Gozzoli, Vecchietta, Antoniazzo, Romano and Spagna.
On the 17th of July 1527 the Lanzichenecchi (northern mercenaries) stopped on their way back from the sacking of Rome and destroyed Narni.
Slowly the walls, buildings and churches were rebuilt and by the end of the century, Narni had been re-established.
After the rebuilding, many important artists returned to Narni, including Vignola and Zuccari. Also Sangallo and Scalza, who took part in the reconstruction of the town.
In 1664 the town library was founded. Many famous people were born in Narni, including: the emperor M.C. Nerva, Gattamelata, the Beata Lucia, Bernardo, Eroli, Galeotto Marzio and S. Cassio.


The Culture&Leisure Program includes several tours with a private guide.


Narni and surroundings

Historic downtown:

  • Undergrounds of San Domenico (XII century) and Auditorium,
  • Undergrounds and Church of Santa Maria Impensole (built in 1175), Eroli Museum.

City Tour:

  • Theater (built in 1856)
  • Churches: Cathedral (XIII century), Santa Margherita (XVII century),
    Santa Restituta (IV-V century), Sant’Agostino (XIV century),
  • Palazzo dei Priori (built in 1275)
  • Main Squares
  • Albornoz Fortress (built in 1370)


  • Rome (full day by private bus)*
  • Amelia
  • Carsulae
  • Piediluco Lake and Marmore Falls
  • Orvieto
  • Stifone, Licinetto Springs, Gole del Nera, Augustus Bridge
  • Deruta and Assisi

And for the pleasure of your palate and body:

  • Truffle Hunt
  • Wine and Food Tasting Adventure
  • A Day at the Spa
  • A Day at the Club with Swimming pool


Concerts, Shows and Events

The participants in the Culture and Leisure Program will receive VIP reserved seating at all Narnia Festival concerts, shows and events. Click here for the NF2021 full program

Application & Fees

Deadline: June 15, 2020
Applications will be accepted until July 10, if spots are still available.

The following material should be sent to the Artistic Director Cristiana Pegoraro
– via email ( )
– or via regular mail to
Narnia Arts Academy
Via Cavour, 3
05100 Terni – Italy

Participation in the Culture&Leisure Programs requires a payment of a non refundable application fee of €50.

The application fee will not be charged to the participants already enrolled in any of the courses of the International Summer Training Program and the Italian Language and Culture Courses.

For the cost of each course, please visit the page “program”.


The €50 application fee includes:

  • free entrance to all concerts organized by Narnia Arts Academy
  • VIP reserved seating at all events
  • participation as auditor to all the classes of the International Summer Training Program (except for Italian Language Classes)
  • preferred price on accommodation
  • preferred price on meals
  • annual membership card. The card will allow you to receive a discount on purchases and services from affiliated stores and restaurants in Narni.

For more information, please contact Narnia Arts Academy at



Bank transfer to the following account:

Branch Address: Via Turati 25, 05100 Terni, Italy
Account Owner (Beneficiary): Narnia Arts Academy
Account Number: 2000 405
Iban: IT32 B062 2014 4060 0000 2000 405

Please specify the applicant’s name and Narnia Culture&Leisure Program in the bank transfer.

Applicants are responsible for all bank transfer fees.

Narnia Arts Academy’s mailing address is: Via Cavour, 3 – 05100 Terni – Italy

Room & Board

Narnia Arts Academy arranged special conventions with local restaurants and hotels.

Meals Conventions

Students can take advantage of a special agreement on meal pricing arranged by Narnia Arts Academy with the restaurants

  • La Taverna dell’Aquila Nera
  • Ristorante Il Fondaco
  • Ristorante Mamarama
  • Pub Arcomincio

Lunch/dinner coupons available at a special price of €8, €11 and €16 each can be purchased exclusively at the Narnia Arts Academy office (cash only).

  • Pre Fix Menu (€8 exclusively at La Taverna dell’Aquila Nera and Pub Arcomincio) includes:
    • First course
    • Second course with vegetable
    • Bread
    • Water
  • One Course Meal (€11 exclusively at Fondaco, Mamarama and Pub Arcomincio) includes:
    • Choice of first course or second course with vegetables
    • Coffee
    • Water
  • Two Course Meal (€16 exclusively at Fondaco and Mamarama) includes:
    • Choice of two first courses
    • Choice of two second courses with vegetables
    • Choice of fruit, dessert or coffee
    • Water

Those who do not want to take advantage of this special meal package can handle the food on their own.

Lodging Conventions

NARNIA ARTS ACADEMY has a special and exclusive agreement with the following lodging facilities.

  • Le Stanze del Giglio – Appartamenti
  • Hotel La Loggia dei Priori
  • Ostello Sant’Anna
  • Residence Palazzo Barilatti
  • Torre Palombara – Dimora storica
  • Hotel Terra Umbra

Le Stanze del Giglio Apartments, Hotel La Loggia dei Priori, the Residence Palazzo Barilatti and the Sant’Anna Hostel are very close to the campus venues. Torre Palombara – Luxury Country Relais is located 7 Km (4.3 miles) from the main square in Narni, Hotel Terra Umbra is located 9 Km (5.5 miles) from the main square in Narni.

Upon request, accommodation can be arranged in apartments for rent and B&Bs in the historical center of Narni. Accommodation can also be arranged in apartments and B&Bs with swimming pool located outside the center of town, ideal for families with cars). Please specify this request on the application form.

Those who do not want to take advantage of our special offers can handle meals and hotel accommodation independently.

In order to book your lodging facility it is necessary to check the related boxes on the

The rooms (and any requests for sharing) will be assigned taking into account the dates of your reservation.

Students are recommended to book as soon as possible to ensure getting accommodations near the location of the courses.

Accommodations must be paid upon arrival at the Narnia Arts Academy Offices, located in the theater. Credit Cards are not accepted.

From a minimum of €0,50 to a maximum of €1.50 per person per night, up to a maximum of 4 nights at the same lodging facility.
The tourist tax may vary accordingly to the lodging facility and the services offered.
The tourist tax should be paid directly at the lodging facility.

IMPORTANT INFO: the Narnia Festival final concert featuring all students and teachers will take place on Sunday, August 4th, at 9.30pm. If you choose not to keep the room for the night of August 4th, the check out is required by 12noon of August 4th.


Via Gattamelata 74 – Narni

  • Spacious and comfortable rooms with four/six/eight beds with private bathroom, inside or outside the room: €29 per person

The price is per night and includes breakfast.
Also included, free of charge: use of the large common room, the library, a large garden, parking area, television, a large panoramic terrace, bed linens and daily cleaning service.
Towels are not included in the price and guests must bring their own.


Piazza Galeotto Marzio – Narni

Right in the medieval center of Narni (just steps away from the area where the courses will be held) is Palazzo Barilatti, a completely renovated period building. All the apartments have private bathrooms, kitchenette, LCD TV, air conditioning and free 24 hour Internet. The large, bright rooms are airy and comfortable, thanks to furnishings which are both functional and cozy. Cleaning service is twice weekly, with a change of bed linens. Breakfast not included.

  • room/apartment price per apartment/per person
  • room with two twin beds ‘basic’, no kitchen €70.00 per night (€35.00 per person)
  • double room ‘deluxe’, no kitchen €78.00 per night (€39.00 per person)
  • Apartment ‘deluxe’ for four people (one double room and two twin beds in the loft), kitchen €144 per night (€36.00 per person)
  • Apartment ‘deluxe’ for three people (one room with two twin beds or queen and a single room), kitchen €138 a notte (€46.00 per person)


Via del Campanile, 4 – Narni

Situati nel centro storico di Narni, gli appartamenti “ Le Stanze del Giglio “ nascono da un’elegante ristrutturazione di un palazzo storico del secolo XVI. L’ingresso, dalla caratteristica via del Campanile, dà accesso agli affascinanti ambienti ricavati nei cortiletti interni d’impianto tardo medioevale.

L’immobile è accessibile anche ai disabili, poiché dotato di tutti gli ausili per il superamento delle barriere architettoniche. Un’opportunità di rilievo riguarda la possibilità di poter utilizzare le zone comuni a tutto il complesso dell’albergo: terrazzo, sala lettura con camino, salone dedicato ai pranzi e alle serate conviviali e alla degustazione dei prodotti tipici umbri, nella migliore tradizione dell’agriturismo umbro.

Gli appartamenti (composti di soggiorno – angolo cottura – camera – bagno) sono dotati di minifrigo, riscaldamento, aria condizionata autonoma, televisore e internet wireless gratuito. Colazione NON inclusa. Servizio di pulizia totale settimanale. Ritiro giornaliero della spazzatura da differenziare. Biancheria da bagno con cambio ogni 3 giorni. Pulizia del bagno e veloce riassetto ogni 3 giorni. Biancheria da letto con cambio settimanale.

    • CAMERA 3
      Dotazione: 1 letto matrimoniale, possibilità di aggiungere 1 letto singolo in soggiorno
      Uso singola: €70
      Uso doppia: €45 a persona
    • CAMERA 4
      Dotazione: 1 matrimoniale soppalco + 1 matrimoniale soggiorno
      Uso singola: €80 a persona
      Uso doppia: €45 a persona
      Uso tripla: €40 a persona
      Uso quadrupla: €35 a persona
    • CAMERA 6
      Dotazione: 2 letti singoli
      Uso singola: €70 a persona
      Uso doppia: €40 a persona
    • CAMERA 8
      Dotazione: 1 letto alla francese
      Uso singola: €70 a persona
      Uso doppia: €45 a persona
      Uso tripla: €40 a persona
      Uso quadrupla: €35 a persona
    • CAMERA 9
      Dotazione: 1 matrimoniale + letto singolo soggiorno
      Uso singola: €80 a persona
      Uso doppia: €45 a persona
      Uso tripla: €40 a persona
      Uso quadrupla: €35 a persona


Vicolo del Comune, 4 – Narni

3 Star Hotel, situated in the main square of Narni’s old town centre, made out of a 15th century building renovated by means of an excellent blending of old and modern decoration. The Hotel has 17 rooms and 2 suites, all equipped with facilities such as color TV, FM radio, bar fridge and with every comfort offered by the 3 star category. Free Internet point. Buffet breakfast included.

  • room typeprice per person
  • Single €61
  • Double €44
  • Triple €38
  • Quadruple €31

TORRE PALOMBARA Dimora storica XV-XVI sec.

Strada della Cantinetta, 3 05035 Narni (Tr)
Tel +39 0744744617 – Fax +39 0744090173 –

Torre Palombara is an exclusive and elegant Resort, overlooking the rolling green Umbrian countryside and the medieval town of Narni. Built around an original “DoveTower” dating back to the 15th Century, the historic residence has been converted into a beautiful and romantic family owned boutique hotel, after a loving and caring restoration, which has brought back to light its original elements and characteristic features.
Here you can enjoy the comfort and warmth of seven uniquely appointed suites, enriched by antique, precious furniture and refined details, surrounded by beautiful landscapes of vineyards and sunflowers fields.
Sitting by our beautiful landscaped swimming pool with its breathtaking view, you will be able to recover peace and serenity in an elegant and relaxing atmosphere of complete privacy and discretion.
Umbria is also a land of exquisite flavors, genuine food and unique dishes, which can be relished in our generous and rich breakfast as well as in exclusive evenings with typical Umbrian cousine that can be organised on request. At Torre Palombara you can find the true meaning of hospitality!

  • Room
  • 2 Romantic Rooms (single or double occupancy)
  • 4 Superior Rooms (double occupancy, possibility of adding one single bed)
  • 1 Suite (accommodates two to four people on two floors, two bathrooms)

For a quotation on special packages exclusively for Narnia Arts Academy, please contact the hotel directly mentioning “Narnia Festival”.
Distance from Narni main square: 7 km (4.3 miles).


S.P. Maratta Bassa, 61 – Narni

Situated on the outskirts of the mediaeval Umbrian town of Narni and set amongst 15 acres of parkland and surrounded by wooded hills, close to the imposing Rocca Albornoz Castle, this historical complex enjoys spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
The entrance opens on a facade decorated with Moorish-style ornaments, where the lobby with the reception desk and the bar welcome the guests. A massive wooden staircase leads to the first floor housing the hotel rooms. Each one of the rooms differs from the others in its colors, antique furnishings and fine upholsteries. Air-conditioning, plasma screens TV, mini-bar and safe are available in all rooms. Breakfast is included and is served in the “Preziosa” room that opens to the enchanting Cloister with its ancient dwell and the flower-filled alley leading to the terraces and gardens. The garden with its alleys as well as the whole park are at the complete disposal of those who like walking in the nature in absolute peace and quiet.

    • room typeprice per person
    • Single €82
    • Single with full size bed €88
    • Double standard €53
    • Double economy €49
    • Triple €43
    • Triple Suite €50
    • Quadruple €37
    • Quadruple Suite €42

    Tourist tax €2.50 per night
    Distance from Narni main square: 9 km.

Fattoria La Collina Incantata

Strada dei Colli, 17 – 05035 Narni (TR)
Tel. 0744 750304 – –

Fattoria La Collina Incantata is located in the municipality of Narni (TR) among the rolling hills of the Umbrian countryside, over a hill from which the view can wander endlessly between crops, vineyards, woods and a beautiful lake. Then again, going with the look, in high medieval cities and small villages.

They cultivate olives and cereals. A few years ago a vineyard was planted with grapes of chardonnay, merlot and ciliegiolo di Narni which produces an excellent white wine called San Faustino, named after the locality where the vineyard is located.

In 2013, with the aim of boosting agricultural activity and recover the buildings they were going down the drain, it was developed the project of the educational farm. The farm was renovated and dedicated to saving energy, and produces energy for more than 50 per cent of their needs via a PV fixed on the roof of the barn without any environmental impact.

It’s accessible by people with disabilities. The farm has 4 multiple rooms for an overnight stay, of which 3 bedroom sleeps six people and one four people. Each room has its own bathroom. At the restaurant you can taste the farm products.

  • Cameraprice per person
  • single €66
  • double €41
  • triple €35
  • quadruple €31
  • quintuple and sextuple €27

Distance from the main square in Narni: 9 km

Terms & Conditions

  • The Narnia Culture and Leisure Programs are open to all students with no age limit. For underage students, parents will need to sign the parent’s authorization exempting the organization from any liability with respect to the child.
  • All courses will be activated with a minimum number of 4 students up to a maximum of 20 students.
  • The management reserves the right to cancel one or more courses. In this case the students will be warned immediately and will be refunded the registration and participation fees.
  • If a course is cancelled due to a teacher’s serious problem, participants will be refunded the registration and participation fee, less bank transfer expenses.
  • Those having enrolled who are unable to attend the course will be entitled to a refund of only the participation fee as long as they give notice at least 30 days before beginning of the course. The management, however, will retain 15% for processing fees.
  • Management does not assume any risk or damage arising from the activities of the participants in the courses.
  • At the end of the Narnia Culture and Leisure Programs, all participants will receive a certificate of attendance and merit.
  • The organization is not responsible for any damage to persons and property which may occur during the period of the Campus.
  • Application to the Narnia Culture and Leisure Programs require the unconditional acceptance of this regulation and the release to Narnia Arts Academy/Narnia Festival for use of photos and filming of lessons and any other event related to the activity of the courses, without any rights resulting from this use by the course participants.

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