At Latitude 42.516667 and Longitude 12.516667, Narni claims to be the center of Italy.
The small Umbrian town piles on itself, climbing a hillside overlooking a valley.
The town’s location as the geographic center of Italy is approximate. Another town is fighting for the title.
But Narni has an even better claim to fame – it is the namesake of Narnia, the town in C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia).
It is unlikely that Lewis ever visited Narni.
He simply enjoyed the name, and the location at the map. Adding an extra “a” to the end of the name and he had himself a mythical world.
There’s no secret door to Narni, but the the town is an easy drive for a quick day trip from Rome.
The beautiful cobblestone alleys are perfect for wandering without any set destination in mind.
Though there is also a church if you want to check a cultural box. The Romanesque cathedral contains the relics of several Umbrian saints.
But it is a town best for walking and coffee drinking – potentially at any number of the coffee bars that claim to be THE center of Italy.
You can almost imagine the city as part of a fairytale, so lucky for Narni to have been immortalized as a mythical place.
The real deal ain’t half bad either.