Nursia, as it is known by its Latin name, is an unusual town in Umbria being located on a plain surrounded by mountains. We were there about three years ago enjoying its tranquil atmosphere, with stores selling boar’s meet and truffles, local specialties, and populated mainly by Italian tourists. Like many towns in Umbria, Norcia was spared by mass tourism leaving the large groups of Chinese and Russians to congregate on the northern towns on Tuscany. We spent time in its beautiful square that has in its middle the statue of St Benedict who was born here in 480 AD. The basilica in the back that carry his name was destroyed in the Sunday earthquake.