Orvieto is a medieval town on top of a hill that has been occupied for 3,000 years first by the Etruscans and then by the Romans. I found Orvieto to be filled with “quirky” sites and pieces of art. Religious influences are everywhere in town and all roads lead to the Duomo.
The Duomo is covered in art outside and in. The alternating white and grey stone is distinctive and part of the region.
Inside the cathedral the wall and ceilings are covered with frescoes that date to the 1300 and 1400’s. Dante is represented and curious figures such as the skull with wings are found on the walls. The Duomo houses a famous reliquary that holds a cloth with the Blood of Christ. We happened to be here when the relic was being displayed for Easter.
On the outside of the church are panels carved in marble and displayed near the doors of the Church. The subjects are medieval and deal a lot with death and what happens afterwards.
On a lighter note…above the doors of the church you will find a flying cow. I kid you not. There he is. I guess he’s actually a bull.
We climbed the Clock Tower for some spectacular views of the city and the countryside. Here you can see the tiled roofs and stone construction. The buildings are centuries old but many have been modernized inside.
The above pictures are of St. Patrick’s Well. It’s located very near the funicular that brings you from the lower part of Orvieto to the upper part. Here’s a view looking down from the top, then part way down, at the bottom and then the view up from the bottom. It was quite spectacular and I have not climbed that many steps in a long time. You wind down one side, cross over the bridge and climb up the other side. The steps are wide enough for the mules who used to carry water from the bottom of the well to the city. The stairs form a double helix.
We visited the Etruscan Museum and learned about bronze figures, porcelain, marble and, of course, gold that had been found in the caverns carved from tuff that exist under the city.
I could go on about many other aspects of Orvieto but, if you visit, you will not be disappointed. The people are friendly, the food is delicious and there are wonderful things to see.
The Duomo is impressive at any time of day but especially magical at night.
12 thoughts on “Orvieto…Walled City in Umbria”
Great article. I also loved the carved wooddoors across from il Duomo.
Thanks, Denise. We have so enjoyed the cities we’ve seen and the people we’ve met. I’d forgotten how great travel can be and how it expands your understanding of people and other cultures. The wood doors are great.
That looks like another fabulous day!
Thanks, Joanne. We have been lucky with the weather. Each place offers something new and different to see and learn. I love having the opportunity to discover new things about people and cultures. Thanks for stopping by.
What an awesome armchair visit going through your pictures and trips.
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Thanks, Esme. Always a pleasure to visit you and your site. Thanks for sharing and happy you enjoyed Orvieto.
such a beautiful church! I visited many many years ago and had forgotten so thanks for sharing
It is beautiful and the rest of the city offers lots of things to see and do. We really enjoyed our stay. Happy I could bring back some good memories for you. Thanks for sharing.
Just simply amazing. Thank you so much for sharing! The cloth with the blood of Christ is stupendous, and that well!! I wonder how many people died during its construction……
It’s hard to tell as they really don’t publish those records to the public. Orvieto is a really interesting town with a lot to do and see. We were lucky to see the relic as it is not displayed all the time. I think I walked 20,000 steps one day and half of that was uphill. LOL Thanks for stopping by and sharing.
Orvieto is such a beautiful little town isn’t it? We were there in March. Loved it all! So fun to see all your pics!
Saw your Blog on Orvieto. It is indeed a wonderful city. We so enjoyed being there. Thanks for visiting and sharing.