Via Angelo da Orvieto 30/32, Centro Storico, Orvieto, Umbria, 05018, Italy
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The newlyweds greet friends and tourists
The closer you get, the more imposing it is
The tree of life
I have the opportunity to take a side trip Orvieto for one day in September, but, it would be on a Sunday. Will shops and tourist attractions be open on a Sunday?
Re: Sunday Hours?
Generally speaking i would say yes...
Re: Sunday Hours?
Many years ago, things were closed on Monday, not Sunday. But it looks like now that one of the two museums next to the Duomo is open even on Monday...well, no matter, I think Francesco is right that stuff will be open on Sunday...
Re: Sunday Hours?
Thank you! I look forward to visiting that town.
Travel Tips for Orvieto
If you ever get over the facade, there are other aspects of this famous duomo that are worth considering. The alternating basalt and travertine stone is not unique to this church, in fact, it's not even unique in Orvieto, as shown in other pages, but it's certainly the most outstanding.
The south entrance shown in the opening picture has a history of its own. It's called the Porta Posterla and, according to legend, the bronze architrave is the work of Maestro Rubeus and belongs to the 14th century. It's of Christ and the Apostles, a theme you might have come across in other churches in Italy!
You can see the detail in pic 5.
We had the great pleasure of staying with our cousins on a thirteen acre farm just outside of Orvieto. One of the highlights of our trip was making homemade pizza in the wood fired oven off their back patio. Take a look at the video from our pizza making experience by going to the web link below/
The Town Center
Orvieto's town center has several attractions. There are some fine museums, churches, and plenty of small cafes. Take time to just walk around.
Of particular interest is the medieval clock tower known as the Torre di Maurizio, from 1351.
Another point of interest is the Church of Santa Maria dei Servi, originally a Gothic church built in 1265. It fell into ruin in later years, only to be rebuilt in the neo-classical style in 1857 by Virginio Vespignani.
I walked along the parapet, the cobbles of via Volsenia passing beneath my feet, wondering if the narrow road led anywhere. It did, how fortunate was I, for I had stumbled upon San Giovenale.
Not to be confused with the larger San Giovanni, this is one of the most important mediaeval religious buildings in Orvieto.
Once the site of a pagan temple dedicated to Jove (Giove = Giovenale), there was a Christian structure erected here around the 7th to 8th century but the one you see now dates back to the around 1004 as a Lombard basilica.
Frequently renovated, particularly during the Baroque period, with mediocre decorations that ultimately were removed during the last restorations. Uncovered were dozens of frescoes, mostly much finer than those that replaced them so that today, what you see is an atmospheric interior that reeks of age and times past with squat cylindrical columns topped by Romanesque bas reliefs.
The altar slab consists of a rare Byzantine interlace salvaged from the earlier church and the marble lectern featuring the eagle of St. John, an ox (St. Luke), an angel (St. Matthew) and three apostles. St. Mark's symbolic lion is visible no longer.
One that caught my eye was the symbolic tree of life near the main entrance. Despite the faint light one can still appreciate this 13th century work.
Above the side portal there's a lunette with a bas relief dated, somewhat unusually, with Latin and modern numerics, "MCCCC97". (see pic 2)
The interior frescoes are attributed to various artists and are generally from the 1200's or 1300's.
An interesting stop on your tour of Orvieto.
Always have a few spare Euros in your purse!!
"Getting up the hill"
To get to the older part of Orvieto up on the hilltop, you need to take the funicular railway and then a bus that takes you to the main piazza. Both the funicular and the bus are a little on the small side (basically, the size of matchboxes) but, as usual with everything in Italy, everyone just pushes and shoves their way in and VOILA! Problem solved!
"Duomo di Orvieto"
This church looked quite impressive from the outside, especially the ornate front. The church is made of alternating black and white marble which gives it a striped appearance.
Just a warning - when in Orvieto on a Sunday, try not to spend all of your money in an accessories shop thus forcing you to use an ATM which nearly swallows your Visa card, causing you to have a mini heart attack.
There is an ATM opposite where the bus picks up passengers in the main piazza. Be aware that if you cancel your transaction the machine will shut down for a minute (perhaps a safety precaution?) and give the impression that you have lost your card but if you listen carefully you will hear the internal machinery whirring and then suddenly the machine will spring to life and your card will pop out! THANK GOD!!!!
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Address: Via Angelo da Orvieto 30/32, Centro Storico, Orvieto, Umbria, 05018, Italy