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The City of Orvieto

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Perched on a plateau of tufa rock, with the outline of its world famous Duomo visible for miles around, the city of Orvieto has adapted to the needs of the modern day tourist by transforming itself into a car-free haven. Access to the city in fact is either via the funicular that runs from the railway station below up to the old town centre, passing directly by the Albornoz fortress, or up the system of escalators dug into the cliffside from the large parking lot at Campo della Fiera. Alternatively there is a regular minibus service that covers the entire city.

The exceptional views commanded by the city, as well as the beautiful skyline of Orvieto itself,can be fully appreciated by looking out from the top of the 13th century Torre del Moro, the highest vantage point in town.

But the heart of Orvieto is undoubtedly Piazza del Duomo, onto which look the town’s most important public buildings and the façade of the Duomo, a masterpiece of gothic architecture with its polychrome marble inlays and dazzling mosaics. The interior of the cathedral contains, among other important works of art, Luca Signorelli’s fresco cycles depicting the Antichrist, Armageddon, the Resurrection of the Flesh, the Chosen and the Reprobates, along with a spectacular Last Judgement in the San Brizio Chapel. Another great artist, Beato Angelico, completed the angels in the vaults of the ceiling. Started in 1290, the Duomo took several centuries before completion.
At the corner of Via del Duomo there still survives the mechanical clock tower that chimed the moments of work and rest for the workmen in the building site over the centuries.

A number of Etruscan remains testify to the importance of the city even before Roman rule. They are the Necropoli del Crocifisso del Tufo burial ground at the base of the plateau on which the city stands – (Loc. San Martino – Orvieto Scalo), and the underground passages beneath the city.

This network of passages was enlarged during the Middle Ages for a number of reasons that ranged from the need to make additional water cisterns to spaces for breeding pigeons. Today these underground passages form almost another city beneath Orvieto. The passages are open to the public with the Orvieto Underground itinerary that also includes the Pozzo di San Patrizio well, a remarkable architectural feat designed for Pope Clement VII in the 16th century by Antonio da Sangallo.
The city’s public art collections are also well worth a visit, and are divided between the Museo Claudio Faina, the Museo Archeologico and the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.


  General information
The City of Orvieto 
Carta Orvieto Unica 
The Weather in Orvieto 
Useful and Emergency Numbers 
Banks and Post Office 
Pharmacies in Orvieto 
Tourist Guides Orvieto 
Homes for sale, builders, realty estates, agencies 

  Transport in town
The Bracci Funicular 
Traffic Restrictions 
Parking in Orvieto 
Buses and Taxi 
Town Map 
How to Reach Orvieto 

  Transport out of town
Car Rentals in Orvieto 
Bus Lines Outside Orvieto 

  Where to Stay
Hotels In and Around Orvieto 
Wellness, SPA and Resort 
Last Minute & Bookings 
Farm Holidays & Country Houses 
Historic Residence and Villas 
Bed & Breakfasts 
Religious Hostelry 
Campers/Motorhomes Orvieto 
Rooms for Rent 
Apartments Orvieto 
Estate Agencies in Orvieto 

  Where to eat and drink
Restaurants in and Around Orvieto 
Picnic Areas 

American Universities 
Orvieto City Study Centre 

  Art and monuments
The Albornoz Fortress 
Palazzo dei Sette and Torre del Moro 
Palazzo Soliano 
The Palazzo del Vescovado 
The Palazzo Comunale 
The Palazzo del Capitano 

  Art and religion
The Duomo of Orvieto 
The Cappella Nuova or San Brizio Chapel 

  Museums and galleries
The Museo Emilio Greco 
Faina Archaeological Museum 

  Art and tourist attractions
Orvieto Underground 
Parco delle Grotte 
St Patrick's Well 
Pozzo della Cava di Orvieto 
The Torre del Moro 

  News from Orvieto
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