San Francesco of Assisi is not the only famous Umbrian saint who founded an order. San Benedetto di Nursia lived even earlier and and is considered to have founded the Benedictine order, at least the principle of monk community. He and his twin sister Santa Scolastica were born in Nursia, today’s Norcia, end of 5th century. After having lived in Rome for a while, he left and lived in a cave near Subiaco, where leventually monastery Sacro Speco was built above the cave. Later, in 529, Benedetto moved to Monte Cassino with a group of followers and founded Montecassino Monastery where he wrote his Regula Benedicti, a 73 chapter long book which are base of Benedict Order.
In Norcia, San Benedetto’s impact is very much visible, although it is definitely less visited than famous San Francesco’s Assisi.
Favorite thing: The region in eastern Umbria (and western Marche) is very much affected by earthquakes from time to time. The most severe was the one September 27, 1997, which destroyed many parts of villages and towns (you might have heard of the destruction of parts of Chiesa San Francesco in Assisi). Norcia was no exception, but here the municipality has obviously learnt from the damaging much earlier. Since 1859, there is a law which says that buildings must not be built higher than 12,5 m and it seems that Norcia wasn’t affected that bad during the 1997 earthquake. Castellina for example wasn’t hit at all, given its tiny structure.