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An article from the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica, now in the public domain.
Any color photos are mine, © William P. Thayer.

p730 Nocera Umbra

Nocera Umbra (anc. Nuceria Camellaria),a a town and episcopal see in the province of Perugia, Italy, 12 m. by rail N by E of Foligno, 1706 ft. above sea-level. Pop. (1901) 5685 (town), 7848 (commune).b It has some old churches, containing pictures and frescoes; in the cathedral is a large altarpiece by Nicolo Alunno. Three miles to the south-east of the town are mineral springs.c


Thayer's Notes:

a At least four Roman towns in Italy shared the name Nuceria: Nuceria Camellaria, Nuceria Alfaterna (q.v.), a Nuceria Apulorum (in Apulia of course, in S Italy), and a Nuceria near Rhegium (the modern Reggio nell' Emilia) in N Italy. All four appear on Ptolemy's map of Italy.

b n 2000, the official census figures gave Nocera 5900 inhabitants. The 1997 earthquake, however, caused so much damage to the upper town as to make it uninhabitable, and many of the town's inhabitants have moved away, some of necessity, others from fear of further quakes.

c Today the water bottling plant is the town's main industry; Nocera Umbra water is one of the main brands of bottled water in Umbria.


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