Italy
Orvieto

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  • Day7

    Torre del Moro, Orvieto

    November 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Even though the sun wasn’t shining we decided to make the climb to the top of the Torre Del Moro, a 13th century tower that is perfectly oriented to the four cardinal points of Orvieto. From the top of the 47 meter high tower, one can observe Orvieto in its entirety, from the west the view extends out to the sea, to the mountain peaks of Cetona and Amiata in the north.

    In 1866 the tower underwent a restoration and the mechanical clock was set up and the two municipal bells were hoisted to the top. The smaller bell was from the tower of Saint’Andrea and the larger one from Palazzo del Popolo, where it had been since 1313.

    The climb up the 250 stairs was good exercise to work off some of the delicious foods we have been eating, and the view up the top was worth the effort. Even the chilly breeze couldn’t take away from the amazing 360 degrees views. Orvieto is such a contained town and it was fun to be able to point out many of the buildings we are now familiar with.
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  • Day7

    Via del Duomo, Orvieto

    November 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    One thing we have loved in Orvieto is just strolling the beautiful streets and Via del Duomo is my favourite. With its shops filled with beautiful ceramics and lovely Christmas displays it is probably a good thing I don't live here, and it is too expensive to send all my shopping wants home. I also love the wooden statues in many of the shops as it shows a real sense of unity amongst the shop vendors. Orvieto is such a pretty town and has a lot to offer.

    After our tower climb and another stroll up my favourite street we decided to stop for lunch at Bar Da Brozzi, a very authentic Italian cafe that did not seem to really cater to tourists. We love these kinds of places and love the fact that staff speak very little, if any, English. Between us we work it out and somehow always manage to get our orders across. It certainly adds to the whole experience. We enjoyed yet another delicious meal paired with a beautiful Orvieto wine, while admiring the cafe fit out. They have definitely found a good use for their wine corks, from the wooden trees decorated with them to the bar totally covered with them. Very ingenious.

    This is a life we could get very use to.
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  • Day6

    Caffe Montanucci, Orvieto

    November 27, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    This morning we enjoyed a delicious two course breakfast at Caffe Montanucci, Orvieto's historic coffee bar and pastry shop which has been operating for over 100 years. This place is impressive with its many different eating nooks and areas, including a lovely looking garden terrace (but it was a bit too cool to sit there this morning). It appears that much of the decoration has been done by artists from the Bottega Michelangeli wood atelier and it is a great enhancement to otherwise blank walls. The attention to detail in these pieces along with the quirkiness add another level of interest to this historic cafe.

    Along with its huge range of delicious looking sweet and savoury options for breakfast, a vast array of chocolate temptations, tortes and cakes, and not to forget the great take-away meal options this cafe has a lot to offer. No doubt we will return to try some of their other offerings before we leave Orvieto.
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  • Day5

    Bottega Michelangeli, Orvieto

    November 26, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    One of the things I remembered most about Orvieto was the many decorative wooden pieces on display throughout the town, from the quirky wooden benches adorned with the relief of a rooster or a cat, to the decorative doorways, the odd shop sign or outdoor table to wall decorations and decorated laneways. This time I was able to discover more about the creator of these pieces and admire even more of them as we came across a gorgeous laneway filled with these quirky wooden pieces.

    Every piece I have admired throughout the town is the work of the Bottega Michelangeli wood atelier. Begun as a furniture maker five generations ago, the workshop developed its now famous two-dimensional, almost shadow puppet look under Gualverio Michelangeli in the mid-20th century, as he departed from the stodgy furniture-making tradition begun by his family in 1789 to experiment with sculpture in pinewood. The quirky blend of folk and contemporary art is carried on by his three daughters and the atelier is now housed in a former theatre retrofitted to hold both the workshop and showrooms.

    Wandering up the laneway and glancing in the workshop and showrooms is a feast for the eyes, and the artistry and imagination to create such pieces is inspiring. I got a giggle as I stepped into one of the showrooms and glanced up to see a naked cherub floating above me. Against the beautifully decorated and almost elegant ceilings the cherub was a touch of humour as you entered the space. Other than the workshop and showrooms themselves, the best place to see the grandeur of Gualverio Michelangeli’s vision is the Montanucci Café, where fairy tale forests of trees and flowers, populated with woodland creatures and playful elves adorn the walls. This was one laneway I was happy we stumbled across.
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  • Day7

    Ristorante Grotte del Funaro, Orvieto

    November 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    We came across Ristorante Grotte del Funaro as we were exploring Orvieto and from the outside it looked like every other restaurant we had passed. On closer inspection we discovered the restaurant itself was situated in the heart of the cliff of Orvieto that was initially an Etruscan cave, then a rope making workshop before becoming the restaurant. While the entrance was at street level, upon entering you head down the stairs and into the caves. It was amazing and has been so well thought out in the use of the space. We absolutely loved it.

    Thankfully the meals made the experience even more enjoyable. I had grilled chicken with balsamic, tomatoes and rocket with a side of spinach and the chicken was the best I have ever tasted. Brad had mixed grill for his main meal which included wild boar, pork, lamb and sausages with grilled vegetables and he really enjoyed it too. Dessert was the most delicious apple strudel with custard and cream for me and white chocolate mousse with dark chocolate for Brad. Thank goodness we are walking everywhere so I can work off some of the calories.

    It was such an enjoyable experience and the prices here are amazing. This is one night out I won’t forget.
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  • Day7

    Giardini Comunali di Orvieto

    November 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    This morning we headed out to explore the other side of Orvieto and made our way to the Giardini Comunali di Orvieto. These beautiful public gardens are set in what was once the Fortezza Albornoz. Originally the fort had a moat and drawbridge but today only a portion remains, including parts of the wall, from which we were able to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over the green hills surrounding the city and the valley of the Paglia river.

    Last time we were in this area I was so disappointed that we had missed the colours of spring and autumn and most of the Umbria and Tuscany was brown freshly ploughed fields. This time it has lived up to and exceeded my expectations, even with the overcast weather. I am even more enamoured with Italy.
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  • Day6

    Chiesa Sant'Andrea, Orvieto

    November 27, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    After our very delicious breakfast we ventured into Chiesa Sant'Andrea, the Church of Bartholomew), which dates back to the 12th century. Originally founded in the 6th century over the ruins of an Etruscan Temple, parts of which have been uncovered in the crypt.

    While the church is not very elaborate, especially when comparing it to the Orvieto Cathedral, it does feature a beautiful rose stain glass window depicting St. Andrew and his cross. The vivid blue ceilings above the alter, the few faded frescos adorning some of the walls and the raised mosaic tiled pulpit are interesting features of the church. It is also noted for its distinctive decagonal bell tower.

    It was extremely cold inside the church and it was good to see that heating had been provided for the congregation, in the form of outdoor heaters. They were a stark contrast to the historic features of the church.
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  • Day32

    Duomo di Orvieto

    September 30, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    The Duomo di Orvieto is such a pretty building. I know that’s not how you would usually describe a cathedral, but this one is very 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 a 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. It is not surprising these building took so long to build, but three centruries is a bit excessive.

    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 and 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 so far.
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  • Day32

    Orvieto Underground

    September 30, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    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 were used for millennia by the locals for various purposes, including WWII bomb shelters, refrigerators, wine storage, wells and, during many a pesky Roman or barbarian siege,or 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, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    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 buildings 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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You might also know this place by the following names:

Orvieto, أورفييتو, Орвието, אורבייטו, オルヴィエート, 오르비에토, Urbs Vetus, Orvjetas, Orvietu, Орвијето, Орв'єто, 奥尔维耶托

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