Orvieto is a small town in Umbria, Italy. It lies between Rome and Florence.

Orvieto’s history dates back to the 9th Century BC. It was the political and religious center of the Etruscan civilization until the 3rd Century BC when the Etruscans were conquered by the Romans.

During the Middle Ages, Orvieto was a thriving city/state. During the 13th century five different popes lived in Orvieto. It was during this time that the Duomo shown below was commissioned. Construction began in 1292. Orvieto’s prosperity as a city/state came to an end a century later after the plague.

Today Orvieto is a tourist destination, housing a number of historic churches and palaces. It is known for its wine, in particular “Orvieto Classico,” a white wine, and “Orvietoware” a tin-glazed earthenware.

Torre del Moro
Torre del Moro. The tower dates back to the 13th century. The clock was added in 1866.
Musei Archeologici Civico e Faina
Musei Archeologici Civico e Faina, an Etruscan museum.
Church of San Francesco
Church of San Francesco. believed to have been built in 1227.
Palazzo del Popolo
Palazzo del Popolo, built in the 14th century.
Bust of Adolfo Cozza
This bust of Adolfo Cozza stands outside the Palazzo del Popolo. Cozza was an archaeologist, sculptor and inventor born in Orvieto in 1848.
Torre di Maurizio
Torre di Maurizio
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8 Responses to Orvieto

  1. Henry Lewis says:

    This town looks fascinating Ken. It’s interesting how the destinies of so many Italian city-states was determined by epidemics of the plague. While the architecture is normal Italian eye-candy, the other aspect of your photos that I find so enticing is the pedestrian orientation of all the streets. I love wandering around historical towns on foot without being assaulted by cars, trucks and motorbikes. Thanks for the introduction to Orvieto!

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  2. I spent a night in Orvieto once, and I’m pretty sure my brother and I ate a gelato on the steps of that church. We went primarily so I could visit the Etruscan Caves, though I seem to recall them being slightly underwhelming.

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  3. Pam Lazos says:

    AND, you can purchase 100 yr. old (yes, year!) balsamic vinegar there, Ken! Go figure!

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  4. Oooh, I’d be buying all those ceramics to take home!

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