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Province of Terni

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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

    La Scarzuola, Montegabbione

    September 30 in Italy

    This was one of the places I was looking forward to visiting. I found it online and thought it was right up my alley with my love of quirky and different art and buildings.
    It was quite a scary drive as the gps took us down a long one way dirt road through the mountains. But we made it.

    Architect, Tomaso Buzzi, acquired the 16th century monastery in 1956 with the grand plan of juxtaposing the “sacred city” of the monastery with his own “ideal city”. His style blends reality with surrealist architecture, incorporating structures and details from Classical to Medieval and even Renaissance architecture, with added elements such as stairways leading in multiple directions, general unbalance and disproportion, and monstrous and fantastical design elements.

    The are also many reproductions, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Temple of Vesta and the Parthenon, which are mostly empty inside, save for stairways and inner bridges. Scattered randomly throughout the property are strange symbols and quotes, deeply personal to the artist himself.

    After Tomaso’s death in 1981, his nephew Marco Solari continued to work on La Scarzuola, eventually completing the vision his uncle had for his ideal city.

    Marco was the one running the tour today and it was all in Italian. There were no English tours available while we were in the area. I had read that if you are easily offended then these tours are not for you. As it was all in Italian we weren’t offended, just a bit baffled and bemused as arguments broke out between the host and the customers with quite a few choosing to leave before the tour had even started. Marco would switch between hysterical laughter and bouts of shouting and it was all very amusing.

    Thankfully halfway round we started chatting to Marco’s offsider and discovered he was an ex-Aussie and has lived in Italy for the past 30 years. He gave us a brief mini tour in English which gave us more insight to the property. The story of its construction and design was very interesting.

    This was certainly a place I was glad we could experience. I really enjoyed it. Brad, not so much. It really wasn’t his thing.
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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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  • Day148

    Winter Wonderland

    February 26 in Italy

    Kaum war unser Besuch aus Deutschland wieder weg, hielt der Winter bei uns Einzug. Till kam gerade noch rechtzeitig mit dem Auto aus Rom wieder auf den Hof gerollt. Dann schneiten wir nämlich sozusagen ein und die Temperaturen sanken rapide. Die Schneewehen waren teilweise so tief, dass Daggy darin versank 😂. Tagsüber hatten wir aber immer strahlende Sonnenschein. Die kälteste Nacht war von Dienstag auf Mittwoch mit gefühlten -17 Grad. Gegen Ende der Woche sollen die Temperaturen aber zum Glück wieder steigen, sodass wir hoffentlich unsere Reise nach Kroatien antreten können.Read more

  • 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

  • Day156

    Man mag es kaum glauben, aber jetzt liegt bereits der fünfte Monat unserer Tour durch Europa hinter uns 😳. Es ist unglaublich wie schnell die Zeit vergeht. Gerade erst eingelebt und – schwuppdiwupp – geht es schon wieder weiter.

    Italien hat uns gut gefallen, belegt aber in unserem Ranking eher einen hinteren Platz. Das hängt wahrscheinlich auch mit dem Wetter zusammen. Es war teilweise sehr kalt hier. Till hat zudem 3 Kreuze gemacht, dass wir ohne einen Kratzer oder eine Beule Italien wieder verlassen haben!

    Und wieder eine kleine Zusammenfassung:

    Positiv:
    - die Ruhe vor Ort
    - die Landschaft bei unseren Ausflügen
    - der Garten des Hauses
    - die Orte auf den Bergen

    Weniger positiv:
    - die klirrende Kälte
    - die unglaublich schlechten und durchlöcherten Straßen
    - der Bleifuß-Fahrstil der Italiener mit Null Sicherheitsabstand

    Auf geht es mit Spannung und Vorfreude weiter nach Kroatien. Allerdings dieses Mal mit einem kleinen Zwischenstopp in San Marino und Venedig 😍.
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  • 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

  • Day147

    Wanderung um Sugano

    February 25 in Italy

    Trotz des ungemütlichen Wetters machten wir uns auf zu einer Wanderung rund um Sugano. Brrr, war das kalt. Aber wir wurden mit einen wunderschönen Blick auf Orvieto belohnt. Unsere kurze Pause machten wir diesmal unter einer Brücke. Gegen Ende der Runde fing es sogar an zu schneien 😳. Smitty musste sich also gar nicht an anderes Wetter als in Deutschland gewöhnen 🙈.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia di Terni, Province of Terni, Terni

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