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Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto October 7th 2018

As our travels in Italy come to an end, we wanted to share the places we found that are definitely worth visiting on your next trip. In Orvieto we recommend: · Hotel Virgilio, Piazza Duomo 5 - 05018 - Orvieto (Tr) Italy Tel. 0039 0763 39 49 37. Small hotel facing the duomo. Very clean but the walls are thin and you hear everything going on in the bathroom next door as well as in the hallways and stairwells. · Osteria da Mamma Angela, Piazza del Popolo, 2 Orvieto 05018 Tel 0763 342790 Nice location on the piazza with great service and definitely a local flavor. Pasta dishes were excellent and the desserts worth ordering. · Trattoria del Moro Aronne, Via San Leonardo, 7 Orvieto 05018 Tel 0763 342763 Fabulous food and service. Small ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto September 23rd 2018

Despite being up early with the idea of visiting the duomo we were surprised to find out that it did not open on Sundays until 2:30 as there were multiple services being preformed. So our plans changed and we headed for the quaint little streets and medieval byways. On the way we stopped at the archaeological museum and had a fabulous conversation with one of the men that run the place. Seems there are lots of Etruscan tombs and ancient burial sites in the tufa all around the city. Orvieto is a wonderful little city with lots of children and families living very pleasant and relaxed lives just 60 minutes from downtown Rome. After some nice views and curious little back streets, we made our way back to one of the restaurants we had heard about ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto September 22nd 2018

Casual breakfast, gathering of our belongings and taxi to the Rome train station. Purchased some tickets for our travels from Orvieto and Florence and boarded our local train for the one hour trip to our new home (for two days). What a dramatic difference Rome to Orvieto, From hectic to tranquil, from busy to sedate, from city to country. Orvieto is a world apart, a real hill town with stone buildings out of the medieval period … and a spectacular duomo that brings art and culture to this hamlet. We dropped our bags at the hotel, Virgilio, and walked to our luncheon at Osteria da Mamma Angela across from the city hall. There is a festival underway for kids of all ages with classic wooden games of every kind. What fun to watch everyone playing happily ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto October 30th 2017

Oct 27-30, 2017 Orvieto The remainder of our birthday week trip took us for a few days to one of many Umbria hill towns, Orvieto. We hopped back on the train from Rome which took us to the base of the volcanic plug which Orvieto is situated on top of. In fact there are two parts of the town, the modern lower part where the train arrives and the one we were headed to, the medieval upper town. They fortunately have a very inexpensive 90 second funicular ride that you can hop on to take you up the 1,000 feet to the top. When you reach the top you notice that there is still a road that takes you “up” even further into the town. They do have a shuttle bus that can take you into ... read more
A Great Way to Get to the Hilltop Village of Orvieto
Our View As We Looked Out On Our Ride Up the Hill
The Orvieto Fort - a Perfect Spot for Protection

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto April 11th 2017

Italy, Day 10, Thursday, October 13, Chianciano to Orvieto to Sorrento. Chianciano provided a rosy-pink and blue-gray sunrise over the valley on our last day. We packed a weeks' worth of clothing and purchases into our suitcases for our journey south to Orvieto and finally Sorrento before heading down to breakfast. As we were leaving the hotel, Abdu, the wonderful hotel manager, gave me kisses goodbye. I felt like I was leaving a good friend. As we left Tuscany we headed due south on E35 passing more farms and vineyards under overcast skies before coming into the ancient city of Orvieto in the Province of Terni in southwestern Umbria. Ben described Orvieto as a ‘slow city embracing the slow food movement’, and he said the white wines of Orvieto are particularly prized. The city itself is ... read more
Orvieto Cathedral, Orvieto, Italy
Details on the Orvieto Cathedral
Signioreli's frescoes, Orvieto Cathedral

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto September 20th 2016

Geo: 42.7165, 12.1116This afternoon we caught the train to Orvieto and were glad to be out of Rome. It was an easy train journey and took about an hour and a half. ... read more
02 Countryside
03 Alley
04 Duomo

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto May 25th 2016

Visit Orvieto Visit Orvieto is a concise guide to the most important and interesting sites in this remarkable Medieval hilltop city. This short book offers a brief outline of this history-rich city and descriptions of its top visitor attractions. Contents: · A Brief History of Orvieto · The Cathedral Duomo · Other Orvieto Churches · Orvieto Underground / Pozzo della Cava · Torre del Moro / Torre di Maurizio · Pozzo di San Patrizio (St. Patrick’s Well) / Fortress Albornoz · Museums · Palazzos · Necropolis del Crocifisso del Tufo (Etruscan Graveyard) · Anello della Rupe (A Walking Path Around the Rock) · Teatro Mancinelli · Local Artisan Traditions · Orvieto Classico Wine · Festivals & Events/b... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto October 20th 2015

Geo: 42.7165, 12.1116So, we drove north and are now in Tuscany. We stopped at Orvieto, which is an Italian Hill Town. There are many hill towns in Tuscany and Umbria, particularly the former. They were built during the middle ages as defensive structures due to the constant small time warfare and raiding. So, this massive Roman Empire is reduced to sibling squabbling. But there are attractive sights left for us. In Orvieto, the church is rated by some as the most beautiful in Italy. We do not disagree. Unfortunately for us they were engaged in restorative work on the exterior front. The inside was pristine. The church is rich with paintings and frescoes. In fact Mike (aka Michelangelo) reviewed the ceiling and wall art before painting the Sistine Chapel. Bird is also especially impressed with the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto June 1st 2015

Yoav and Orr, our Israeli friends who lived in Rome for 2 years, said we had to visit Orvieto. I took their advice, but only left a day for sightseeing and it was not nearly enough. We started by driving to Bolsena Lake. It is a huge lake formed from volcanic activity. The town of Bolsena seems to have minimal tourist activity. The market was really a market more for locals than tourists. In one area there were stalls selling used clothing. The people at these stalls were all North African immigrants. It really struck me that 600 years ago the sellers would have been Jews. I couldn’t resist some booties for TBD and replaced the sort-of leather belt I had with me that is falling apart. The woman who made it, adjusted it for me ... read more
Market at Bolsena
The woman fixing my belt reminding me of Woodstock
Pigeon nests in the caves in Orvieto

Europe » Italy » Umbria » Orvieto May 31st 2015

We left Florence mid-morning in our brand new Fiat 500. There have been remarkable improvements in the past 40 years and according to Jack it is a fun car to drive. As we left we realized that we had plenty of time to make a stop and still arrive in time for our 1 PM lunch reservation at Alforno's. The restaurant was recommended to us by Yoav and Orr who lived in Italy for two years and have great taste in food. Leaving Florence, I said that I didn't want to go back to Siena or San Gimignano, not because I had been there and checked them off a list of places I've been, but because I have such good memories of being there with the kids and I wouldn't want to tarnish them. We spent ... read more
Local church near San Gimignano
Our new Fiat

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