• Salvatore Fuda

Orvieto the Etruscan City of Umbria

Updated: May 12, 2021

Orvieto has been defined “the tall and strange city“. It is easy to understand why, looking at the Umbrian town from below, standing above the tuff cliff below. From a distance, especially at night, it seems suspended in the sky while during the day, it appears just leaning against the clouds. A small treasure chest of art, it is famous throughout the world especially for the Cathedral, a marvel of European Gothic architecture and the Well of San Patrizio, a masterpiece of hydraulic engineering. Orvieto is an unmissable destination during a tour in Umbria but also deserves a whole weekend to enjoy the Chapel of San Brizio, the Cathedral Museum, the millenary underground city and excellent gastronomy in peace.

Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta in Cielo

Reaching Piazza Duomo, one is breathless for the richness of its facade: the Cathedral immediately strikes for the momentum of the spiers, the gold of the background of the mosaics, the rose window and the bronze portals. It is no coincidence that it is the main attraction of Orvieto: an extraordinary synthesis between architecture, sculpture, decorative arts and painting, it is considered a jewel of the Romanesque-Gothic style.

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