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Orvieto is situated in Central Italy, between the cities of Rome, Assisi and Siena, in a corner between three regions, Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany. Orvieto was an Etruscan City and had great importance in medieval times. Nowadays, Orvieto is an extraordinary artistic and cultural center, rich in monuments and places to visit. The City is perched on a tufa rock, 325 meters high, overlooking the Paglia river valley.   


What to see in Orvieto


  • The Cathedral, built in 1290 bc. is one of the masterpieces of Italian gothic architecture. Numerous works of art. (An inside chapel holds Signorelli's Apocalypse frescoes). There are no words to describe it's beauty. Open 7.30 - 12.45 a.m. | 14.30 - 19.15 p.m.

  • The Church of San Giovenale: Romanesque -  1200 bc. -  Rich interior with  votive frescos and works of art.

  • San Domenico: The church preserves notable works of art, such as a beautiful 14th century wooden crucifix attributed to a follower of G. Pisano. Several paintings of Umbrian school, such as the fresco of "Crucifixion with the Virgin and St. John". The "Funerary monument of the French Cardinal De Braye by the great sculptor Arnolfo Di Cambio, is the most important work preserved here. 

  • Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo:  Very fine Romanesque-Gothic building, on which particular beauty is conferred by the warm golden colour assumed over the centuries by the tufa with which it is entirely built. 

  • "Faina" Civic Museum: Interesting collection of Etruscan and Greek objects - It preserves the "Venere" of Cannicella, a marmoreous greek statue dating back to 6th century bc. - Pieces of exceptional quality. -  P.zza del Duomo 29 - Orvieto  - In summer open 10.00 - 18.00 In wintertime open 10.00  - 17.00 - Closed on Mondays - Guided tours 

  • Palazzo "Soliano": Seat of "Opera del Duomo" Museum, it preserves works of Simone Martini, Luca Signorelli and Andrea Pisano's sculptures. On the ground floor is the "Emilio Greco" Museum.

  • St. Patrick's Well:  Within all Orvieto's attractive also a special mention to the Pozzo di San Patrizio (Saint Patrick's well), by Antonio da Sangallo, a stately work of hydraulic engineering built in the period 1527-1537, to assure water for the city during the wars and states of emergency.  The double helix staircase will let you walk down into the well (It is 62 meters deep and almost 13 meters in diameter, 248 steps for each ramp) and come back up again without retracing your steps. 

  • Torre del Moro: A medieval tower 42 mtrs high, rising from the centre of Orvieto. Visitors will be rewarded with a wonderful view from the top. Open  10.00 a.m.  - 20.00 p.m. 

  • Etruscan necropolis of  "Crocefisso del Tufo":  6th century bc.- It shows many tombs with etruscan writing. -  Of particular interest for its regular urban layout. - Open 9.00 a.m. -  19.00 p.m. 

  • Orvieto  "underground": Underground travel to discover tunnels, cisterns, and ancient oil-mills, excavated by man. Guided tours at 11.00 a.m. and at 16.00 p.m. starting in front of Orvieto's Cathedral....more>> 

  • Orvieto's typical products: Ceramics, wrought iron, leather goods, wooden handicrafts and Orvieto's carved wooden objects, lace etc. - It's famous wines are appreciated all over the world. 

  • Orvieto events and festivals: Corpus ChristiFeast of La Palombella -  Umbria Jazz Winter Orvieto's Festival

  • Orvieto Fotografia:  Orvieto Fotografia is an International convention and  photographic  exhibition for professional photographers. Orvieto Fotografia takes place early in  March  to the end of the month each year. More than 40 National and International speakers, live demonstrations, hands on workshops, photographic exhibitions, book and model competitions, great fun nights, a welcome concert and a gala dinner honouring the best food and drinks Italy can offer; a rare opportunity for photographers from different backgrounds and different countries to meet, discuss and exchange information and work experiences,  all in the magnificent atmosphere of one of Italy’s most fascinating cities, enriched by the rich taste of good food and excellent wines. 

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The gorgeous Duomo


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