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Orvieto, Italy – 10 Best Things to Do

Fabrizio
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Between Rome and Florence, reside an enchanting Umbrian hilltop city that is very easy to fall in love with. It was founded by the Etruscans on the top of a volcanic tufa hill and therefore provides a stunning view. Orvieto has also a magnificent historical center highlighted by an outstanding Duomo and is brimming with fascinating underground tunnels and caves. The city is very laidback, and not over-touristic or crowded although it is a popular day trip in Italy. It has a mesmerizing medieval charm, endearing narrow streets, lovely attractions that you can explore in a day, flavorsome cuisine, and world-famous wine.

Orvieto can be a perfect day trip from Rome or a short break on the way to Tuscany. This map-based travel guide to Orvieto surrounds all the major attractions in the city. It reveals the place's history and helps you to enjoy one of Italy's most delightful cities.
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Well of St. Patrick, Orvieto

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  Piazza Cahen, 5B, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Well of St. Patrick, or in Italian, Pozzo di S. Patrizio, is one of Orvieto's most precious historic treasures. The ancient cylindrical shape well was built during the 16th century, aiming to ensure the city will survive sieges or disasters, by men or by nature. The well was built upon the request of Pope Clement VII, who found shelter in Orvieto at the turbulent times of the Sack of Rome in 1527.
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Museo dell'Opera del Duomo di Orvieto, Orvieto

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  Piazza del Duomo, 26, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
During turbulent times, several popes found refuge at Orvieto and set Palazzo Soliano as their home. On the second floor of Palazzo Soliano, the Papal Palace, which is next to the stunning Orvieto Cathedral, you will find Museo dell'Opera del Duomo di Orvieto. This museum exhibit variety of documents, all dedicated to the Orvieto Cathedral erection and construction.
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Orvieto Underground, Orvieto

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  Piazza del Duomo, 23, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Orvieto Underground is one of the city highlights, a network of medieval caves and tunnels, all made by men. The Orvieto Underground has more than 1,200 caves and tunnels, including a wonderful olive oil mill, and provides a fascinating experience like no other.
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Duomo di Orvieto, Orvieto

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  Piazza del Duomo, 26, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Duomo di Orvieto or Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta is a remarkable cathedral and one of the most imposing religious structures in all of Italy. Built in a Gothic and Romanesque style, Orvieto Cathedral's construction start in 1290, but it took around 300 years to complete. It has a stunning façade with a beautiful mosaic, a wonderful Rose Window, four pilasters, an impressive decorative chapel, and a crypt with magnificent frescos.
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Piazza del Duomo, Orvieto

  Piazza del Duomo, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Piazza del Duomo, the center of Orvieto, is a place of public gathering and, as the name suggests, is located next to the impressive Duomo di Orvieto. The piazza is also right near Palazzo Soliano and hosts the lovely ancient clock tower, Maurizio Tower (Torre di Maurizio).
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Torre del Moro, Orvieto

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  Corso Cavour, n° 87, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Continue your tour through Via del Duomo until you arrive at one of Orvieto's famous landmarks, Torre del Moro. The 13th-century tower, which is close to the wonderful Palazzo dei Sette, has a charming terrace and provides an outstanding panoramic view of the city.
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Palazzo Del Capitano Del Popolo, Orvieto

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  Piazza del Popolo, 1, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
An entrancing 14th Century palace, and as the name suggest it was a palace of the people. An administrative place that hosts the Capitano del Popolo (Captain of the People), which was supposed to represent the people's interests. The palace was later used as a home to the mayor but afterward became a tourist attraction due to its medieval architectural design.
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Pozzo della Cava, Orvieto

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  Via della Cava, 28, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Pozzo della Cava is a fantastic underground museum, under Orvieto's medieval district. In the caves, you can find archeological findings from the Etruscan, Middle Age,s and Renaissance eras.
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San Giovenale, Orvieto

  Via Volsinia, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
San Giovenale is a Romanesque Catholic church, that exists for more than a millennium. The Church of San Giovenale was originally erected in 1004 and is the most ancient church in the city. At the church, you will be able to see some frescos dated to the 12th - 13th centuries.
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Necropoli etrusca di Crocifisso del Tufo, Orvieto

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  Via Volsinia, 05018 Orvieto TR, Italy
Surrounded by green grass and trees, Crocifisso del Tufo is an Etruscan necropolis. A burial site from the Etruscan times, with more than 200 tombs made of tuff.
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How to enter Orvieto historic center


There are two main ways to enter Orvieto's historic center. The first is, to park outside, in a nearby parking lot, and use an elevator. The second, which is much more fun, is to use the funicular and take a short walk into the historic center.

Wine


You can't visit Orvieto without trying the local white wine. World-famous for its delectable taste and quality, Orvieto wine is considered the best in Umbria.