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ORVIETO: WHAT TO DO & WHAT TO VISIT

UNDERGROUND CAVES
The best way to understand the history of Orvieto, is starting from the ancient origin of the town…
And to better understand the reason for the presence of the caves under the surface of Orvieto, we should go back to the Etruscans who settled on the cliff around the 8th Century BC.
In fact, on the cliff the Etruscans found a natural stronghold that protected them from the enemy attacks, underground they found the way to collect the rainwater from the drainage of the houses to be conveyed to the tunnels.
You’ll be able to visit the oldest cistern discovered among the 440 underground tunnels discovered (but about 1.200  recorded!) in an area completely submerged by the water of the sea more then 2.000.000 years ago, before the beginning of the volcanic activity, which is derived from the eruption of the volcano of Bolsena, dating to 2-3 million years ago…
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TOWER OF THE MOOR or TOWER OF THE POPE
From the top of the 13th Century tower (47 meters high), the most representative public building of the medieval period, you will be able to see the best panoramic view of the town and over the vast territory subject to the city of Orvieto.

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LABORATORY OF BYZANTINE AN MEDIEVAL ICONOGRAPHY

A few steps from the beautiful Cathedral of Orvieto, you will be able to visit this amazing laboratory of iconography orologi falsi di lusso and meet the artist, Fabrizio, a young man graduated in Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo. His works have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in both Italy and foreign Countries.
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TRADITIONAL FARMERS MARKET

The market comes to Orvieto on Thursday and Saturday mornings in the attractive Piazza del Popolo.  There’s something for everybody: vegetables, fruit, plants, and flowers, beans, nuts, and grains, fresh fish, lots of cured meats  and porchetta, cheese, a honey department and much more!
Plenty of time for a coffee break, too. You wouldn’t mind shopping at home if there is a bar like this on your way home...
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EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL TASTING
For those who wish to couple tourism and good food, it is a unique occasion to learn about the civilization of olive oil and enjoy the typical delicacies, just in the center of Orvieto
Try with us a fine olive oil tasting quick and easy, or have a seat and take your time, to taste fine extra virgin olive oil and special D.O.P. top quality, in oil products and black and green olives. The owner will toast a few pieces of great Italian bread in front of you and drizzled olive oil and balsamic cream (not vinegar): so delicious!!
 
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WINE TASTING & LIGHT LUNCH IN A LOCAL CANTINA

A few steps from the Cathedral, there is a local cantina with an amazing variety of wines, where you can have a nice wine tasting . A cozy ambience, simple and rustic, where you can taste Umbrian wines accompanied by  local cheeses and cured meats of our tradition.

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14/04/2014

  • Author: Rod Robinson, date: 14/02/2015 00:37:51
    We visited Orvietto many times during our stay in Umbria. The Caves tour was stunning, the markets were good and the Etruscan display at the museum and the Necropolis just mind blowing. An exceptional experience.

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