The Basilica of San Benedetto, is built over the birthplace of St Benedict and St Scholastica.
The Basilica opens each day at 8:20 AM and closes at 8:15 PM. (Closed Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM)


Guests and pilgrims who wish to come and spend some time in prayer with the monks are always welcome. We have a small guesthouse where we can accommodate men who wish to closely follow our life. If you wish to reserve a room, please contact the guestmaster at:


There are several ways to arrive in Norcia:
For train schedules to Spoleto, visit
For bus schedules from Spoleto to Norcia, click here.

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History until 1810

The Early History of Norcia

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San Benedetto con Norcia in mano
The town of Norcia dates from pre-Roman days. St. Benedict’s father was likely a civil magistrate and for this reason had his lodgings adjacent to the Basilica (in the Roman sense where matters of government took place). St. Benedict and his twin sister St. Scholastica were born there in 480. As Benedict’s fame grew, an oratory was built to commemorate the place of his birth in the 8th century. Monks came to Norcia in the 10th cent. and remained in one form or another until 1810, when they were forced to flee under Napoleonic laws.