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Orvieto

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Orvieto, one of the most enchanting cities in Umbria region, is a city with over three thousand years of history that never ceases to be discovered. Today, its Etruscan origins reveal an underground city in the subsoil, made up of caves, wells, and tunnels left by the Etruscans that open out inside the tuffaceous walls. You can take a real journey through time walking through the Orvieto underground.

The Cathedral, a symbol of the city, is a jewel of Romanesque-Gothic architecture. Among the main features are the splendid golden mosaics that illuminate the facade, and the Chapel of San Brizio, where a major pictorial cycle of the Renaissance can be seen, started by Beato Angelico and finished by Luca Signorelli (1499-1504).

At the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (M.O.D.O), site of the ancient papal palaces next to the cathedral of Orvieto, you can admire precious sculptures, paintings and sacred furnishings found in the ancient Fabbrica del Duomo.

If you want to enjoy breathtaking views, a mandatory stop it is at the Albornoz fortress which houses the public gardens. Walking around its walls while viewing the rolling hills of Orvieto is a worthwhile experience. Another spot in the city with panoramic views to note is the medieval Torre del Moro: an unmissable place for those who want to touch the sky.

One of the most complex and fascinating engineering works of all time, the Pozzo di San Patrizio, was excavated by Pope Clement VII in the Renaissance, to supply the city with water in the event of a siege. The Well has a depth of 54 meters and is composed of a double spiral staircase structure with 248 steps.

The Orvieto area also has surprises for those who want to enjoy outdoor experiences. There are numerous activities that can be done such as walks around the Ring of the Rupe, fishing at Lake Corbara, canyoning in the Prodo gorge and at the Tane del Diavolo. Excursions along the ancient Romeo-Germanica street and numerous biking and trekking itineraries.

Orvieto

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