Friday, 2 January 2009

Narni and the sad story of the Narnia museum

Narni is a delightful little town en route between Todi and Rome. It has a very famous Roman bridge , a lovely old abbey, and some ancient churches. It is off the tourist track because of the presence of a rather unattractive steel mill which dominates the plain below the town .
To attract tourists someone in Narni decided to capitalise on the recent film adaptation of C.S. Lewis's childrens classic 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and its setting in Narnia. A museum on this theme was established in the town and a considerable amount of money spent. Having invested in a Narnia museum it was then thought wise after the event to start advertising it to the tourist boats that bring wealthy Americans to the port of Civitavecchia on Mediterranean cruises. Sadly, when given the option by the cruise companies of a trip to see the sights of Rome or a trip to Narni - the cruise passengers opted en masse for Rome. Not a solitary visitor came.

Pictured is the presepe of the fountain in the centre of Narni. This is charming little oddity. More about Narni and its very interesting ancient cathedral tomorrow.

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