A day in Orvieto

Orvieto is an ancient city suspended halfway between heaven an earth. If you need to relax this is the perfect city because it’s small, quiet, but so amazing. To discover the ancient town of Orvieto on the top of the hill, you need to take the funicular from the train station.

The first thing you will see is The Fortezza dell’Albornoz (The Albornoz fortress). Originally known as the Rocca di San Martino, the aim of this construction was to provide the church a secure site in the city and allow the cardinal and his captains to consolidate recent military victories. The view from the fortress is just breathtaking.

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To ensure that the city would be sufficiently supplied with water in the event of a siege, Pope Clement VII gave orders for the digging of the now famous artesian well Pozzo di San Patrizio (1528–1537).

Over the past 3000 years those who lived on top of this high plateau dug a lot of cavities into the soft volcanic rock on which their city stood. Many of the underground structures which served to make it function are still intact.

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The cathedral of Orvieto ( The Duomo) is one of the most beautiful churches in Umbria, very impressive and with an amazing gothic facade.

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The streets leading away from the duomo have plenty of shops, many of which feature locally made ceramics.

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I love this city now. It’s so beautiful! If you are planning a trip to Italy, this city is a must-see. A day is enough to discover all the amazing places.

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