Before the fall at the tower, we had stopped for lunch at Il Negozietto. Off the main route for tourists, this lovely shop seemed to be a favorite of the locals. No English rotten or spoken. Just great paninis! We enjoyed two sandwiches, chips, and waters for under 10 euros. In the tourist areas, the cost would have been 10 euros for just one!
Yes…the view from atop the tower is amazing, but you must not forget that there are steps! I was so captivated be the beauty that I did not notice two steps. The laws of gravity apply the same in Italy as they do in America! The result….a visit to the local hospital where I discovered that I have a small crack in the side on f my right ankle. After three X-rays and a visit from the orthopedic specialist, I was fitted with a soft cast and instructed not to bike for at least a week. Walking is to be kept to a minimum. Here’s a plus…no bill! Apparently Italy does not charge for healthcare. We only had to pay for a prescription and a brace that I will use after Saturday.
The climb up 200+ steps to the top of the tower was exhausting! But so worth it. I could see the entire town and surrounding countryside. In fact, I was so captivated by the beauty that I forgot about the steps. Watch the end of the video and read the next post to see what happened!
This 45m-high (148-ft.) civic project from the late 13th century was built to keep on eye on Orvietan territory. In the 19th century it served as a main cistern for the city’s new aqueduct system, then became the bell-ringing communal timekeeper when a mechanical clock was installed in 1876. You can clamber up for a sweeping view of the city and, on clear days, the countryside as far as Mts. Cetona and Amiata. If you don’t fancy climbing all 236 steps, a lift whizzes you up the first 100 or so.
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This is simply a stunning building. Not as grand as Notre Dame, but clearly from the same time period. The facade is so ornate with the images depicting the Bible carved into the front entry ways. This was doing because most people, unless they were clergy, could not read Latin; they could understand the carved images.
The Cathedral of Orvieto is a large 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral situated in the town of Orvieto in Umbria, central Italy. 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 traveling 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.
This historic city is perched on a hill overlooking the Paglia River Valley. It is filled with architecture, including towers, palaces, and Nobel houses, dating to the Roman period. So much to see. Down every narrow road there are tiny shops and restaurants.