Antica Norba is now site of great archaeological interest. The well preserved boundary walls of this ancient citadel, date back to the 5th century BC, and stretch for a length of 2.5 km, encircling an area of about 38 hectares.
These 12 metre high cyclopean walls are made of colossal perfectly fitting blocks of limestone. There were several gateways, the main one being the Porta Maggiore.
The historian Livy recorded that Norba was a member of the Latin League of 499 BC, and that the site became a Roman colony in 492 BC. Because of it extensive views of the Pontine Plain this formidable fortress defended against attacks by the Volsci tribe, who occupied neighbouring territory.
In 199 BC it was used as a place of detention for Carthaginain hostages. In 82 BC
the city was conquered and destroyed by troops of Sulla. Norba had been a self-
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A series of vertiginous hairpin twists and turns lead up to the town of Norma, which is precariously perched on a sheer wall of rock, 435 metres above sea level.
The ancient acropolis of Norba was a pre-