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Orvieto

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  • Day32

    Duomo di Orvieto

    September 30 in Italy

    The Duomo di Orvieto, the Orvieto Cathedral is such a pretty building. I know that’s not how you would usually describe a cathedral, but this one is pretty. While the body of the church is black stone and white marble, it is the facade that softens the look of the building with the use of soft pinks, greens and golds in the intricate columns, decorations and beautiful gold highlighted mosaics. The details are amazing.

    This is Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The building was constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV to commemorate and provide a suitable home for the Corporal of Bolsena, a miracle which is said to have occurred in 1263 in the nearby town of Bolsena, when a travelling priest who had doubts about the truth of transubstantiation found that his Host was bleeding so much that it stained the altar cloth. The cloth is now stored in the Chapel of the Corporal inside the cathedral.
    Building began in 1290 but construction took three centuries to complete.

    Inside the cathedral is fairly simple but eye catching with its black and white stripes contrasting against the two beautifully frescoed chapels decorated by some of the best Italian painters of the period. And the organ is a piece of art itself. We were lucky enough to be there when the organist was playing. What a beautiful sound.

    This was not on our “tourist” agenda but would have to be one of the nicest cathedrals we have seen.
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  • Day32

    Orvieto Underground

    September 30 in Italy

    Knowing how much Brad loves caves and history we thought the Orvieto Underground tour would be a good one to take.

    It is a series of 440 caves (out of 1200 in the system) that was used for millennia by locals for various purposes, including WWII bomb shelters, refrigerators, wine storage, wells and, during many a pesky Roman or barbarian siege, as dovecotes to trap the usual one-course dinner: pigeon (still seen on local restaurant menus as palombo).

    As far as cave tours go this one wasn’t that impressive. The history was great but there really wasn’t a lot to see. The great thing about it though, is that if we hadn’t decided to do the tour we would have missed stopping at Orvieto, and it is now one of my favourite towns.
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  • Day32

    Orvieto

    September 30 in Italy

    First up this morning was a drive to Orvieto to do the Underground tour. And what an experience the drive was!! The GPS had us driving through the town itself to get to the parking area which could have been reached a much easier way. The lanes we drove down were so narrow that we had to fold in the side view mirrors. I honestly thought we were going to get the car stuck between two building and we would have just had to abandon it there. We have since discovered that the GPS was set to walk so it took us off the main roads. We made it and it was an experience we won’t forget.

    I have to say that Orvieto was a lovely surprise. The town is beautiful and has such a lovely vibe to it. The Duomo was so pretty, the cobblestone laneways clean, and the doorways, windows and benches were adorned with wooden decorations or flowing flowers. Orvieto is now one of my favourite towns. I wish we were staying there to enjoy it some more.

    We couldn’t get into the morning Underground tour so we enjoyed a stroll around town and checked out the Duomo before the tour. A lovely way to spend the morning.
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  • Day48

    Orvieto

    December 30, 2017 in Italy

    2 nights in Orvieto and so much to do. Orvieto is a small city perched on a rock cliff in Umbria absolutely stunning .

    Kai and I went to the tourist information and found out we can purchase a tourist card for 17 Euro to visit the main sites. Visitors usually use this pass over 2 days. I personally think Kai and I did pretty well doing it in 1 day.

    After planning our route we were on our way. First stop, the Duomo. The Duomo is a large 14th Century Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the assumption of the Virgin Mary.

    After the Duomo we met Mum and Grace for a guided tour of Orvieto Underground. An amazing experience I learnt that every house and apartment in Orvieto has an underground passage . Back in the days the pigeons used to fly underground into the holes in the walls for shelter and people captured them for food and survival.

    Next stop moving along we were on a tight schedule. Down the hill, Kai and I go to our next destination, Pozzo Della Cava. Wow the best nativity scene in the world. We saw life size modelled donkeys that moved and other moving figures that made it all seem real. It was like a miniature village underground.

    We stopped off for a quick lunch of sandwiches and paella, delicious.

    Then Kai and I decided that we knew exactly where to go following the map and it was very easy. We actually got ourselves very lost. We went in a huge circle and ended up back to where we were for lunch. Kai in her loud voice announced she gives up.
    A young man heard her and came up and asked whether we need help. He guided us in the right direction.

    After a very scenic walk down to bottom of the cliff we visited the tombs from ancient times not knowing we could actually go inside the tombs it was like a gigantic playground. Climbing in and out of the tombs and pretending to be zombies scaring each other to death (lucky there were tombs close by), we decided it was a highlight of the trip. What a memorable experience.

    Last stop for today, St Patrick’s Well. Orvieto was the Town where the Catholic monks and nuns took refuge from the siege in Florence. So, this well was built for the water supply needed for the many people who fled to Orvieto. 248 steps inside used to have the donkeys travelling up and down to transport the water into the Town.
    Another great day, new things learnt, great experiences and more adventures fulfilled.
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  • Day134

    Die Stadt auf dem Felsen

    February 12 in Italy

    Heute ging es nach Orvieto, dessen Altstadt eindrucksvoll auf einem Felsplateau aus Tuffgestein errichtet worden war. Wir hatten uns einen Rundgang um dieses Plateau ausgesucht und wurden nicht enttäuscht. Die Felswände wirkten noch eindrucksvoller, wenn man direkt davor stand, als bei der Anfahrt mit dem Auto.

    Mithilfe der Informationstafeln erfuhren wir, dass dieser Stadtfelsen von einem Labyrinth von Kellern, Gängen und riesigen Zisternen durchzogen ist und ein kleiner Teil davon sogar besichtigt werden kann. Dies werden wir bei unserem nächsten Besuch definitiv nachholen 😉. Es fing nämlich leider an zu regnen und wir mussten den Rückweg durch die sehenswerte Innenstadt ziemlich verkürzen. Wir gingen sozusagen schnurstracks zurück zum Auto. Die Altstadt werden wir also bei unserem nächsten Besuch in Orvieto richtig erkunden!Read more

  • Day146

    Ausflug nach Orvieto

    February 24 in Italy

    Heute ging es zusammen mit Smitty nach Orvieto, wo wir uns die Höhlen im Felsen unterhalb der Stadt anschauten. Während unseres Abstiegs lernten wir, dass jedes Haus unter sich eine eigene Höhle als Keller hatte. Heute weiß man von ungefähr 1.200 Stück. Die meisten Einwohner züchteten dort Tauben – eine Spezialität damals wie heute. Schon irre! Nach der Führung bummelten wir noch durch die Innenstadt und schauten uns die kleinen Gassen sowie den berühmten schwarz-weißen Dom von Orvieto an. Zum Abschluss gab es noch ein leckeres italienisches Eis.Read more

  • Day145

    Driving up to Orvieto

    March 21, 2017 in Italy

    Orvieto sits at the top of precipitous cliffs. It was exhausting even to DRIVE up. First thing we mosied over for a view of of the surrounding area. The cats were a bonus. I think.

  • Day8

    Under the Tuscan Sun!

    May 20, 2017 in Italy

    Another day of transportation hiccups but it didn't keep us from a ride through at least some of Tuscany. Here are a few pictures of the gorgeous landscapes and a small little hilltown (Pienza) where we stopped for lunch. We have finally made it to a bigger hilltown, Orvieto, where we will stay for the next two nights. So we've attached the last photo, which is basically our courtyard! More tomorrow.Read more

  • Day9

    Tuscan Delights

    May 21, 2017 in Italy

    Our Orvieto delights were mostly local specialties, from the ten-layer individual lasagna (zoom in!) to the Orvieto Classical white and Sangiovese red, to the Perugian craft scotch ale and chocolate porter birre, to the olives stuffed and fried. We also enjoyed a picnic lunch of selections from the main street mercato and a dinner of chicken grilled with balsamic glaze and parpardelle pasta with wild boar sauce. Delizioso!Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Orvieto, オルヴィエート, Орвието

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