Perched atop a tuff hill, this charming Medieval town is dominated by a gothic masterpiece, the richly decorated Cathedral, where a surprising “Day of Judgment” will leave you speechless. You will have the opportunity to admire two impressing sites: St. Patrick’ Well and Underground Orvieto.
Overlooking the fascinating Umbrian countryside, Orvieto, an important Etruscan site, is perched high atop a tuff hill. It will capture you with the magical charm of a Medieval town, chosen in the past as a natural fortress.
The main highlight is the Gothic Cathedral. Its façade is literally covered with dazzling multicoloured mosaics and splendid bas-reliefs. The interior contains the relics of the Miracle of Bolsena and incomparable frescoes of the “Apocalypse” by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli ‘s “Day of Judgment” and” Life after Death”.
These masterpieces will surprise you entering St. Brizio Chapel, as they surprised Michelangelo, who studied Signorelli’s work and took inspiration for the Sistine Chapel. The celestial “Madonna with the Child and Angels” and infinite other great works cover all the Cathedral inside and outside.
The Papal Palace across the square, a monumental Gothic structure, was a residence for the Popes. Strolling around the town you may admire many Renaissance and Gothic Palaces.
Not included in the price, but worth the visit if you wish to spend your free time discovering more of Orvieto, are two amazing highlights. The first is St Patrick’s Well, carved in the tuff, that will impress you with its over 200 feet depth and the remarkably intertwined staircases that never meet. The other one is “Underground Orvieto” with 1,200 caves and numerous memories of the past, such as 5th century B.C. Etruscan wells, pigeon houses and Medieval millstones, ancient cellars and workshops.
At lunch time you will have the opportunity to taste Umbrian dishes with meat and the world famous white wine (not included).
– Transport by air conditioned minivan
– Admission ticket