The Streets of Orvieto

To walk the streets of Orvieto is to walk back in time.  This historic city, situated in the Paglia River Valley, began as an Etruscan center of commerce and prospered in Roman time due to its ceramics production. In 1354, it became a city of the Church Estate until 1798.  After brief Napoleonic rule, i... Continue Reading →

No matter the view…watch your step!

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... Continue Reading →

Torre del Moro, Orvieto

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... Continue Reading →

Orvieto Cathedral

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... Continue Reading →

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