Via G. Salvatori, 17, Orvieto, Umbria, 5019, Italy
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Visiting Orvieto and/or Assisi from Rome????? On our own???

by MartyAP

I know there are tour companies that offer a full day tour from Rome to Orvieto & Assisi.
They run about $125 pp. lunch included.
Is it possible to do either on your own via train from Rome or is it only worthwhile via a car or
tour bus? I know the trains go there from Rome but I don't know how difficult it is to tour on foot.


Re: Visiting Orvieto and/or Assisi from Rome????? On our own???

by dnwitte

They are both small towns, and easily and far more cheaply seen on your own. It would be worth picking up a good guidebook----I like the Blue Guides because they emphasize art and architecture treasures. I like nosing into the random dark corners a tour will never show you and making my own discoveries.
Orvieto is easier because the train drops you at the bottom of Orvieto's hill and the funicular across the street whisks you to the center in a couple of minutes.
Assisi's train station is some distance away in a small suburban city called Santa Maria degli Angeli (where you will find the immense basilica housing Saint Francis' Porziuncula, but not much else), and you would need to find the bus up to Assisi from there or face a long uphill walk.
If you take a bus directly from Rome to Assisi it will take you up to the parking at the edge of town just below the vast church with its Giottos.

Re: Visiting Orvieto and/or Assisi from Rome????? On our own???

by mccalpin

I echo everything dnw said...note that if you use the train (www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html), that Orvieto is only an hour north of Rome, while the trains to Assisi are 2 to 3 hours each way. Also, there are few direct trains to Assisi; many train changes are in Foligno. Oh, and I guess you need to add another 30+ minutes in Assisi to wait for the next city bus to the upper city from the train station and the trip up (you don't want to walk it).

Do check museum opening times before you go - not only to see how early of a start you need, but to avoid that dreaded Monday problem (many museums are closed on Monday because they're open on the weekends). This is more of a problem in Orvieto, because I don't remember seeing museums in Assisi (well, I guess there must be some, but it's not why people go)...

Well, maybe I'm overconcerned...I see that the National Archaeological Museum in Orvieto is now open 7 days a week from 8:30 - 19:30. The Museo Emilio Greco (I don't know what's here) is closed Monday during most of the year, and Monday through Thursday in October through March. The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo is closed Tuesday. Oh, well, what do they say? "Consistency is the hobgoblin of a small mind" or something like that...in any case, make sure that what you want to see is open on the day you want to go...


Travel Tips for Orvieto

The Cathedral - unforgettable

by iandsmith

Little wonder the facade of this place gets accolades. There are so many aspects to it. Lorenzo Maitani was called in when several faults occured in the structure of the external walls. He added strong flying buttresses in which the chapels were later set and set out the facade. I'll do this in stages. The first is what impressed me most, Maitani's bas reliefs. They are a moving expression of the stonemason's art.
Allied to the fact that they're centuries old and that only makes them more impressive.
I've illustrated here the Resurrection of the Flesh and the Damned (pics 1 & 4) which is on the right hand side and the second pier with stories of the Old Testament (pic 3). Also, on the second pier, is the Creation of the Animals and the Creation of Adam and, on the fourth (pic 5), Scenes from the New Testament.

Tevere National Park around the corner

by Trekki

To the east of Orvieto, only a couple of kilometres away is one of the lesser known Italian natural parks: Parco Naturale Regionale Tevere (Tevere = Tiber). There is Lago di Corbara, a manmade lake, which is a very serene and quiet part of the park. I have read that swimming is difficult because of a strong underwater current but hiking and biking in the northwestern part is a perfect option for some relaxed time. The route southeast of the river/lake is the quick but still scenic road in case you come by car from Todi. Here is also the little village of Civitella del Lago with the said-to-be most famous and best restaurants in Italy: Ristorante Trippini. But that’s also a quite dear one. The most scenic and picturesque road however is the one north of the lake (SS79), which leads through pretty and tiny villages like Prato, Capretta and San Giórgio.
The website below gives some hiking and birdwatching options for the park.

Well, well, well, a font of information

by iandsmith

I'd missed this on our first visit but I determined that it would not escape me this time.
In 1527, in the day following the sacking of Rome, Pope Clement VII took refuge in Orvieto.
In order to provision the Albornoz fortress with water in case of siege or conflict, a well was built, based on a plan of Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane. The St. Patrick well, completed in 1537, is 62 metres deep and, at the inside, two double-spiralled stairwells were made, planned for easier transportation of water. That meant that if a mule was going down and another coming up, their paths would not cross.
Pozzo di San Patrizio or "Well of St. Patrick", so called because this Italian expression, inspired by mediaeval legends that St. Patrick's Purgatory in Ireland gave access down to Purgatory, is used to indicate something very deep) constructed by the architect-engineer Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. An inscription on the well boasts that QUOD NATURA MUNIMENTO INVIDERAT INDUSTRIA ADIECIT ("what nature stinted for provision, application has supplied").
Though intially cut by hand it is lined with bricks lower down but you can see that for yourself when you descend the 248 steps. Because it is double spiralled you will ascend a different set of steps, similar (but much older) to the stairs at the Vatican Museum.
Oh, and it costs to visit, around 5 euros.

Piazza della Repubblica

by janchan

Walking through Corso Cavour... you can arrive to a beautiful square, Piazza della Repubblica.
Here are the Municipal Palace (Palazzo Comunale XIII cent.) and the important church of S.Andrea (XII cent.), built on an ancient etruschian temple.

jayhawk2000's Orvieto

by jayhawk2000

"under construction"

Sitting as it does on a immense mesa (that's a 'flat topped mountain' if you've not heard the term), you'll want to take advantage of the funicular (a cross between an elevator and an escalator). This links the train station at the base of the mountain with the town at the top and cost us 80 euro cents for a single trip on our visit.


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Address: Via G. Salvatori, 17, Orvieto, Umbria, 5019, Italy