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Orvieto

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  • Day7

    Via del Duomo, Orvieto

    November 28, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    One thing we love to do in Orvieto is to just stroll around 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

    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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  • 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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  • 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

    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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  • Day1

    Orvieto, Stadt auf dem Berg

    October 2, 2020 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Nach der Geburtstagsfeier unseres Enkels Emilian, schlafen wir im Womo weil morgen unsere Reise los gehen soll, doch nachts um drei kann ich nicht mehr schlafen und so fahr ich einfach los. Mittags um drei sind wir in Orvieto angekommen und ich beschließe nicht mehr weiter zu fahren weil ich gelesen habe die Stadt wäre sehenswert.
    Vieleicht ist es die schönste Stadt in Umbrien, man sollte sie gesehen haben. Tolle Gassen und Plätze, sehr schöner Dom, tolle Aussicht aufs Umland.
    Ca. 870 km von Zuhause und 120 km vor Rom
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    Happy-Womo

    Da habt Ihr ja eine ordentliche Strecke zurück gelegt😉 Eine schöne Zeit in Italien 👍

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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

    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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  • Day9

    Wonderful Morning Stroll in Orvieto!

    May 21, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Today was a perfect morning to sleep in a bit before heading out for a cool morning stroll around this ancient hilltop village. We criss-crossed the worn cobbled streets enjoying the gorgeous views, purchased a few items in the village workshops, ending with a picnic lunch overlooking the Tuscan valley below Orvieto. Time for our now "traditional" siesta!Read more

    Lorraine

    Looks like my kind of place. Beautiful. I'm enjoying "traveling" with you both.

    5/21/17Reply

    I love the pictures!! Just beautiful. Michele- you look good with Andrea Bucelli! Betsy

    5/21/17Reply
    Dan and Michele Boisvert

    Lorraine, we wish you all could have joined us! We would have made a great traveling foodie group!

    5/21/17Reply
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  • Day8

    Under the Tuscan Sun!

    May 20, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    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

    Did you stop to see Frances (Diane Lane) ? ~Suzanne~

    5/20/17Reply
    Dan and Michele Boisvert

    I wish I knew where that villa was I would be there in a second! Love you guys give the baby a hug for me!

    5/20/17Reply

    Beautiful! :)DJGD

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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