Nocera Umbra: introduction
A picturesque medieval town which, from the heights of its hill top position, boasts commanding views over the valley through which the Topino river flows. Nocera Umbra is perhaps most famous for its thermal waters and the baths where, since the 16th century, people have come to reap the benefits of the waters of the Angelica spring.
The Cathedral of Nocera was erected in the highest part of the medieval town. Built in Romanesque style, the "duomo" was destroyed and rebuilt on more than one occasion, prior to assuming its present day aspect. Another symbol of Nocera Umbra is the Campanaccio, a 11th century tower and all that remains of the town's ancient castle. Another ancient defence structure is the Palombara watch tower, dating back to the Byzantine period.
Not to be missed, the 14th century Church of San Francesco inside which there is a Museum containing numerous archaeological findings and an important collection of Umbrian artworks. Also worth a visit, the neo-Gothic Church of San Filippo and the 14th century Church of Santa Chiara.