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Orvieto is a city in Umbria. Designed to be impregnable, it was founded by the Etruscans on the top of a steep hill made of tufa, a volcanic ash stone.
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Points of Interest in Orvieto
- Tourist information. Is available from the tourist office at the Piazza del Duomo (M-F 8:15-1:50, 4-7;Sat 10-1, 4-7; Sun and holidays 10-12, 4-6).
- Duomo The wonderful Duomo of Orvieto is the main 'must-see' sight in this town. Constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries, the black and white striped building in mixed Romanesque and Gothic styles, is one of the world's greatest cathedral. The setting, on the Orvieto hill and visible from miles away in the Umbrian countryside doesn't hurt either. But, impressive as the cathedral is, the piece de resistance is inside, the frescoes of Luca Signorelli on the theme of the Last Judgment inside the Capella di San Brizio.
- Pozzo di San Patrizio
- Pozzo della Cava
- Medieval Quarter
- Palazzo Buzi
- San Giacomo Maggiore
- Madonna della Cava
- Musei Archeologici Claudio Faina e Civico
- Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Museo Emilio Greco
- Museo Archeologico
- Underground Orvieto
- Piazza del Popolo and Cosrso Cavour
- Palazzo del Popolo
- Museo delle Ceramiche Medioevale
- San Giovanni
- San Giovenale
- Porta Maggiore
- San Lorenzo de Arari
- San Francesco
- The citadel
- Tempio del Belvedere (Etruscan temple)
The walled city in general is also lovely to walk around. To see: Piazza del Popolo, Saint Patrick's well, La Cava well (etruscan), Corso Cavour (with its shop and restaurants), the Medieval quarter, Saint Giovenale, Saint Giovanni and Saint Francesco churches, Albornoz rock and the surrounding promenade of the downtown.
- Pozzo della Cava, Via della Cava, 28 (Every day from 9a.m. to 8 p.m..), ☎ +39.0763.342.373. From 2 February to 22 December: from 9:00 to 20:00 - closed on Mondays. From 23 December to the Sunday after the Epiphany: from 9:00 to 20:00 every day. €3.00.
- Orvieto Underground, Piazza Duomo, 23 (Tours leave from the tourist information office, you can buy tickets next-door.). From 1 March to 31 January: Daily at 11:00, 12:15, 4:00PM, 5:15PM. February: Same times but Sat/Sun Only. €5.50.
The gelato in piazza del Duomo is the best.
Pizzeria Charlie's- Corso Cavour. Some of the best pizza you will eat in all of Italy. A varied menu, wines, on tap beers, etc. Open for dinner at 7PM. Pizza prices range from 5-7 euros. Delicious.
Pasqueletti's- Gelateria, (Next to Duomo, and on the corner of Corso Cavour and Via Duomo) fresh gelato, open from mid day until 12:30PM. 2-3.5 euro for a cone/cup. They will let you put up to three flavors on one order. (It's a chain-there is also another Pasqueletti's on Via Corso Cavour near to Via Duomo, a much smaller store though.)
- L'Asino d'Oro, Vicolo del Popolo (In a narrow lane off the Piazza del Popolo). Orvieto's sole chef inspired restaurant with a menu that changes daily but stresses the boar and truffles that the area is famous for. The chef, Lucio Sforza, does the rounds and the setting is quiet with most tables outside in the patio. Closed in winter.
- Maurizio, Via Duomo (Right by the Duomo), ☎ +39.0763.341114. Umbrian food. Typical great dishes, great wines at reasonable prices.
- Ristorante dell'Ancora, Via di Piazza del Popolo 5-11. The owner is local and his name is Carlo, his wife silvna owns a shop in the town as well. Tiramisu is exceptionally delicious. Eat on the outside candle lit terrace surrounded by lush green vines for a more romantic experience
- Etrusca, Via Lorenzo Maitani 10 (Near the Duomo). Traditional food in a fifteenth century building.
Orvieto Classico Amabile white wine. There is a little shop with yellow awnings that sells meats and cheeses and wines on Via Duomo that has a nice array of Orvieto wines. An old married couple, Vera and Giovanni, work there. They will be happy to assist you in picking out the perfect "vino", depending upon what food you will be drinking it with.
- Cantina Foresi, Piazza Duomo, 2 (on the corner of the main entrance to the Cathedral square). A nice place to have a glass of wine and traditional processed meats and cheeses from the Umbrian region. But what makes this place really interesting is the opportunity to visit the cellars cut into tufo rock and dating back to the 13th Century. The walls (and bottles!) are covered by a white mold.
- Blu Bar (Through the arches out of Piazza Della Reppublica, on the left side further down the street.). Local hangout, amicable bartenders, and wi-fi internet access.
- Caffe Corso, On the main street, Via Corso Cavour. Free Wi-fi access, nice little place to sit and get on the internet, very friendly staff, quick snacks and drinks. Open late, usually till midnight.
- 3JOLIE Cafè de la Musique, Piazza del Popolo 17/A, ☎ (+39)347.4871598. Cocktail & food bar, live & disco music on weekends.
- Karaoke at Locanda Del Lupo, Corso Cavour, 231. Wednesday night.
Orvieto has long been and still is a center of artisanal pottery. You will find many shops near the Duomo, often with competitive prices. Also, the town is filled with several enotecas that feature Orvieto Classico — the white wine named after the city. You can get a bottle of good Classico for €3.
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