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Orvieto

Built high up on a vulcanic rock of tufa-stone

Orvieto cittò umbra fondata dagli Etruschi intorno all’ VIII secolo a.C.

Orvieto is probably Umbria’s most peculiar town, built high up on a vulcanic rock of tufa-stone. It was founded by the Etruscans more than 2700 years ago.

In the heart of the medieval town is one of Italy’s most astonishing gothic churches, the Cathedral.

Among the precious paintings inside, the frescocycle in chapel of San Brizio* is a masterpiece by the renaissance masters Beato Angelico Luca Signorelli.

Also famous the incredible Saint Patricks well (Pozzo di San Patrizio) 16th century.

The streets, the noble and public palaces, the ancient houses, all built in tufa stone, give Orvieto an original and unique atmosphere.

  • Fortress Rocca dell’Albornoz
  • Well Pozzo di San Patrizio (optional*)
  • Temple of the Belvedere
  • Cathedral and San Brizio Chapel*
  • Sant’Andrea church
  • Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo
  • San Domenico church
The following sites can be added to the half day itinerary

  • Archaeological Museum Claudio Faina *
  • National Archaeological Museum*
  • Cathedral museum
  • Well Pozzo di San Patrizio (optional*)
  • Etruscan Necropolis Crocefisso del Tufo*
  • Various sites of the Orvieto Underground*

* Entrance fee

Practical information

Groups who stay in a hotel up in town or have lunch in a local restaurant are allowed to reach the bus park in the area of the “ex caserma Piave” in the upper part of town.
The others have to park down at the railway-station and take the funicular (ticket) and a local city-bus to the cathedral.