Visit Orvieto in Umbria?
Four years ago, I was on vacation in Italy and had the opportunity to visit some cities that are off the tourist route, among them was ORVIETO, a small medieval town in the Umbria region,. Let’s go to our post of the day: Let’s go to visit Orvieto in Umbria? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
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1) Visit Orvieto in Umbria? GET TO KNOW ITS HISTORY
Orvieto is a city with just over 25,000 inhabitants, literally built on top of a cliff wall more than 300 meters high. It was the capital of the Etruscans in the 6th and 7th centuries b.C., afterwards it became a Roman center, becoming a village and in 1354 and was annexed to the papal territory. Its position offers beautiful views of the surroundings and the city also produces an excellent white wine called, guess what: Orvieto.
2) Visit Orvieto in Umbria? GET TO KNOW THE CITY ATTRACTIONS
Let’s go to the attractions of this beautiful city and we will learn here a few about its monuments.
Duomo of Orvieto (Orvieto’s Cathedral)
Definitely, it is the main attraction of the city. It is located in Piazza Del Duomo (Cathedral Square), and is one of the most beautiful churches in all of Italy. It follows the Gothic-Romanesque style, it is all decorated with gold mosaics and built with dark basalt and white and pink marble. In the pillars of the facade, there are reliefs that depict stories from the old and the new testaments. Its construction began in 1290 and took three centuries to complete. It’s unmissable!
The frescoes on Last Judgment by Fra Angelico
The frescoes on Last Judment by Fra Angelico that can be seen in one of the chapels, served as inspiration for Michelangelo to make the roof of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. The photo was not very good, but the style is very similar to that of the Sistine Chapel. Even the blue color of the ceiling is the same as that of the Sistine Chapel.
The Frescoes by Lucca Signorelli
In the Chapel of Saint Brice are located the frescoes by Lucca Signorelli, which made FREUD visit the city. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos because at the time I went there, there was a sign saying it was forbidden to take pictures and I respected it. It is the most beautiful chapel in the Cathedral, no doubt about it.
Palazzo dei Papi (Palace of the Popes)
In this building, which is next to the cathedral, there is the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (Museum of the Cathedral Opera), with paintings, sculptures and pieces belonging to the cathedral’s treasure and the Museo Archeologico (Archaeological Museum), with a good collection of Etruscan pieces.
Tower of the Walls
The Tower located right in the centre of the city (corso Cavour, 87), is 47 meters high and to climb it there are no less than 250 steps. From the top you have a view of the city. I did not go up because my mother has knee problems and cannot face these climbs. Its construction dates from the year 1200 and symbolized the power of Orvieto in the Middle Ages.
Pozzo di San Patrizio (St. Patrick’s Well)
It dates from the 16th century and it guaranteed water supply if the city was besieged. The well is 62 meters deep and has a spiral staircase system. Whoever wants to visit this work, which was considered advanced for the time, will need to face 248 steps. Upon reaching the bottom, you can make a request after tossing a coin (Vialle Sangallo). I don’t have pictures of the well because I didn’t visit this attraction due to its stairs.
Fortezza Dell´Albornoz (Albornoz Fortress)
Built in the 14th century, the fortress is now a place with lots of greenery and offers beautiful views of the Umbria region, ideal for relaxing after climbing up and down so many stairs.
How to get to Orvieto?
1) How to get to Orvieto? BY AIRPLANE
Airport options to get to Orvieto:
- Umbria International Airport – Perugia “San Francesco d’Assisi” – S.A.S.E. SpA.
- Rome Fiumicino Airport.
- Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence.
2) How to get to Orvieto? BY TRAIN
There are direct trains from Rome (+/- 1: 30H) and Florence (+/- 1:00). There are trains from Perugia as well, but transfer to Orte is mandatory. I went by train from Florence and when I arrived at the ORVIETO station, I had to take a cable car (FUNICOLARE) that is in front of the square just outside the station.
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Visit Orvieto in Umbria? Orvieto is a charming city that deserves to be included in your travel itinerary. Forget the map and walk through the various alleys of the historic center and be surprised by beautiful handicraft shops, pottery and good restaurants. It can be visited in an afternoon, but for those who like to do everything calmly and without haste, reserve a whole day for this pearl.
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