Orvieto Travel Guide

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Orvieto Highlights

  • Pro
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     Wine, magnificent duomo, Etruscans, museums 

  • Con
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     Steep Hills For Walking 

  • In a nutshell
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     Nowadays, Orvieto is an extraordinary artistic and cultural center 

Orvieto Things to Do

  • Il Magodlo

    Its almost 2000 and we are walking the streets of Orvieto after a wonderful afternoon in Civita. Just three blocks off from the Duomo we come upon this delightful street of shops with heavy foliage. Lights above indicate that is Il Magodlo which of course has no meaning to us. Later we find out that there is no Italian to English translation...

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  • Try The Local Wine: Orvieto Classico

    Aside from a great place to visit the area around Orvieto produces some good inexpensive wines. We found white wines to be more common and popular but there is a small amount of red wine also being produced. We visited no wineries in the Orvieto area and with my somewhat limited speaking of Italy I had some trouble at first figuring out the type of...

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  • Watch the Sunsets Over the Umbria Hills

    Staying at the Villa degli Ulivi and sitting out on a balcony facing the west there were two great evenings of sunsets. Both nights we witnessed some beautiful displays of light at sunset. Be sure and find a place where you can sit out and get a good unobstructed view of the west. The rooms at this bed and breakfast were ideally suited for watching...

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  • Orvieto Underground

    If Orvieto doesn't have enough to see above ground then try stepping underneath for an hour or two.With much of Orvieto being located above a 1000 foot bed of volcanic tuff it is only natural that someone would have created a system of caves, tunnels and passage ways.The Orvieto Underground tour was a great way of seeing all of the underground...

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  • Teatro Macinelli

    What a gorgeous theater! Classically beautiful. There are stunning frescos on the wall as well. It was not clear when it was first built however it still functions today as a theater and concert hall. The theater supports a wide range of music The theater was named after Luigi Mancinelli who was well known Italian orchestral conductor in the late...

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  • Chiesa de San Andrea

    While the Orvieto Duomo is spectacular, there are many other churches in Orvieto that show off its colorful past through great design and vibrant colors.I found the Chiesa de San Andrea to be unusually interesting. I must admit I was first attracted to the unique belltower. According to Lonely Planet it is decadonal. Anyone want to guess how many...

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Orvieto Restaurants

  • Excellent Pasta Carbonara

    Spaghetti carbonara which was highly recommended was excellent. The pasta comes with what I believe to be sauteed onions, bacon and lots of fresh parmesan cheese. This place has only about ten tables so on most nights a reservation is recommended. Two can eat is this restaurant for as little as under 15 euros including a split salad. Molto...

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  • Restaurant Alternative in Orvieto

    After over three works on the road eating in restaurants and bed and breakfast lobbies can get tiring. The cost of dinners can also take a toll on holiday budgets. Italy has many large markets such as Conrad, and Penny that offer traditional groceries for everyday living in Italy. Smaller COOP markets focus on goods locally produced and are an...

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  • Very good gelato...:-)

    I've not yet had a low-standard gelato artiginale (home-made ice-cream) in Italy (I generally have at least one each day) but this place ranks among the best I've had.In fact, it gets rave reviews on several other websites (I've just discovered this).I bought mine (pistachio and a gorgeous 'noce', which included big lumps of chocolate with embedded...

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  • Dreamy gelato in hill top location

    Very highly regarded Italian gelateria in Orvieto. The two stores are situated at Corso Cavour 56 and Piazza Duomo 14.We visited the one in Corso Cavour and while we did not think it the best we had in Italy, it certainly qualified to be among the top few. Well worth a visit!

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  • Local food

    We were in Orvieto with a friend who live nearby and visit often. She took us to this cozy little restaurant where she go back often. It is old and have been there for a long time (since 1900).The menu include several local specialty and change according with the season.Everything we tried was delicious.It is always full as the dining room is small...

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  • The best meal of our Italian trip

    The various guides had suggested that if we wanted to splurge, Antico Bucchero would be a good place to do so. There was lovely shaded seating outside, but it was such a very hot day that we opted for the air conditioned comfort of an indoor table. (There are a few steps to navigate if you are dining inside.) We had a marvelously attentive waiter,...

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Orvieto Nightlife

  • Nightlife in Orvieto

    The nightlife can be fun in Umbria and Orvieto. Visit http://www.visitorvieto.com Visit Orvieto information for nightlife, Enoteca's, restaurants and the theatre including festival information in town!

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  • Local hangout

    On Friday and Saturday nights Barrique is the most popular place to hang out for the locals. There is an excellent DJ, and sometimes live music. They have a large drink selection, and the staff is wonderfully friendly and helpful. People spill out of the bar and form a huge crowd on the street. It can get really busy, but is fun if you are looking...

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Orvieto Transportation

  • Accessing the Old City by Car and...

    As previously noted Orvieto's old town is located entirely on a plateau above the City. Unfortunately if you are driving into Orvieto and want to access the old city parking can be somewhat of a challenge. The best place we found that folks could park in the City is at the Campo della Fierra parking lot. The parking lot is also sometimes referred...

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  • The Bracci funicular

    A super experience! The Bracci funicular was first built in 1888, operated by water power and closing in the 19870s. It was renovated and re-opened in 1990, no longer powered by water.The lower funicular station is directly opposite Orvieto's railway station, which is excellent.It's a good idea to buy your ticket (I bought 2, for up and down) from...

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  • Train

    By far the easiest way to get to anywhere in Italy is by train. The Italian railway network is extensive and trains are safe, comfortable enough and very reasonably-priced.Orvieto is an easy daytrip by train from Rome, and that is the route I took. The train leaves from Rome Termini station and takes just over an hour. The (slightly) slower trains...

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Orvieto Shopping

  • Beautiful Area Ceramics

    The Umbria region of Italy produces some great ceramics and pottery. The quality of them is consistently high. Giacomini Ceramiche has been making ceramics since 1930 in the area. Three generations have been involved in the business. Nearly all of the items in the store are produced at the family workshop in Orvieto.Their inventory includes plates,...

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  • Time for toys!

    There is a tiny street which runs off the Piazza Duomo. On the right hand side of the street, there are a number of shops. One of these has a variety of interesting toys in the window. On closer examination, I completely fell in love with these toys -- I wound up buying six or seven of them (a Pierrot, a lion, a little soldier, a painter, the cook...

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  • Exquisite papers, interesting cards

    The promotional material on the company's website, while a bit fulsome, does give you an idea of what you'll find within: "Il Papiro is a company which produces items in hand decorated paper with techniques inspired by the tradition of Tuscany. Established since 1976 in Firenze [it now has outlets in Venice, Roma, Pisa, Cortona, and Siena], Il...

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Orvieto Local Customs

  • Getting Use To Different Hours of...

    While not necessarily unique from other towns in Italy getting used to Orvieto's hours of operation for most business takes some getting used to. Weekdays both businesses including banks and supermarkets are open from 8 to 12:30 then close until 1530. Supermarkets and other businesses such as rental car offices then reopen at 1530 and usually stay...

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  • When in Rome (or Orvieto), do as the...

    I must have led a charmed life up to this particular venture to Italy, because in all the other countries I visited, English was either one of the standard languages or, in the case of France, I spoke the ambient tongue. I suppose I expected that many, if not most, of the hoteliers and shop keepers and transport personnel in Italy would speak at...

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  • Never on a Sunday

    Not limited to Orvieto...it seems that Italians take seriously the admonition that one is to keep the sabbath day holy, at least the Italians who are involved in the restaurant trade. We had a very difficult time finding anything other than coffee shop or pizza meals (admittedly, Italian pizza is fabulous). We managed to find an Indian restaurant...

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Orvieto Warnings and Dangers

  • Slick Streets When Rainy

    Whereas all Italian hill towns have steep streets that can be treacherous when wet, Orvieto's streets are a little steeper and their surface a tad more slippery than others. Orvieto was the one hill town that we observed an injury from walking on streets. A teenage girl was walking with parents on one of the streets in the old town and had a...

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  • Watch your position when you gaze at the...

    While I was gazing at the facade,I fell off the stairs of the dome because I think there is not enough width of the platform compared to the height of the facade.

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  • Park outside, better for you and the...

    I cannot stress this enough: stick to the rules and obey to any parking sign! Apart from that, Orvieto is trying to get the traffic out of the city and offers convenient parking outside and free shuttle busses. Otherwise, the police is everywhere and will come to issue tickets if a car does park or even stand where there is no parking or parking...

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Orvieto What to Pack

  • Some like it hot

    Although things tend to cool off at night, if you're an American and used to air conditioning, you may find that it is well worth your while to bring a small battery-powered fan with you, or to purchase a slightly larger fan which has the appropriate plug for Italian current. I brought two of the former and we never did get around to buying the...

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  • Laundry facilities are hard to find

    Given the paucity of laundromats -- I never found one -- it is probably wise to bring along a small bottle of laundry detergent (though shampoo will do in a pinch), clothes pins and laundry line. You can wash out your "smalls" each night in the sink, and periodically launder larger items when you have access to a bathtub.

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  • If you're used to wash cloths, bring...

    Our hotel in Orvieto included bath towels and hand towels, but not what we Americans call "wash cloths" (a small towel used to wash one's face). Luckily, my friend had brought a supply which could be left behind in each city, and I brought Olay's excellent cleansing tissues because that's what I use back in Rhode Island. But if you're younger...

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Orvieto Off The Beaten Path

  • Fields of Wildflowers: Orvieto Hills in...

    Perhaps it was the exceptionally heavy rain of the Spring of 2013 or maybe it was an annual occurrence. However taking a bus and driving around Orvieto in May gave us some magnificent glimpses of hills covered with wildflowers. Beautiful reds, yellows, and oranges spotted between lush and thick green grass provided for some great photos. It also...

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  • Bagnoregio

    While Civita gets all the attention because of its perched location, the town of Bagnoregio is also worthy of a quick look on its own merits. At one time Civita was larger than its adjacent neighbor but that has also changed and while Civita has very few people living there Bagnoregio is now a bustling thriving city. Bagnoregio is the birthplace of...

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  • Todi: Charming and Relaxing Small Town

    The town of Todi is a short approximate thirty minute car ride and on the way to Tuscany. Unfortunately I do not believe there is any direct bus or train service from Orvieto. While it lacks the major more spectacular sites of Orvieto it is a smaller and much more relaxed city. There is a great central plazza called the Plazza del Poppolo and a...

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Orvieto Favorites

  • Inside

    Once you get past the facade, there is some exceptional work to see inside as well, particularly in the famous San Brizio Chapel, located on your right as you walk down the aisle.As with most things worth seeing in Italy, it costs and you can't take photos. Started by Fra Angelica and Gozzoli, then finally completed by Luca Signorelli in 1504. The...

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  • The National Archeological Museum

    Museo Civico Archeologico and the Museo Claudia Faina are housed in the same building adjacent to the fabulous doumo.The name Faina is synonymous because the rich family donated its extensive collection of thousands of artifacts to the city in 1954.The museum contains the materials formerly part of the Cathedral Vestry Board, along with more recent...

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  • Restaurants in Orvieto

    Extensive research prior to our trip to Italy uncovered the following list of recommended restaurants we hoped to try during our holiday. We ended up dining at the San Lodovico Institute, so I cannot share personal experiences but thought it might provide an entry point for those hoping to find an outstanding dining experience in Orvieto:Ristorante...

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