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 →

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 →

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... 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 →

Orvieto

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.  

Rome to Orvieto

The two hour drive from the Rome airport was filled with rolling hills, lush farmland, sheep, cattle, and horses.  Medieval villages were atop many of the hills.  

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