Visit the city of Orvieto, one of the oldest cities of Italy, it means to undertake an exploration of its different layers that are historical, cultural, geological, anthropological, starting from a given that for the many travelers, scholars, erudites, researchers who have met and described it has remained indelible: its form. That’s “Stone rising to the clouds in the sky” (saxum for nubian coelisurgit) praised by a Orvieto poet of the XIII century, Mastro Mechoro.
Impossible don’t start our Orvieto tour by the splendid Cathedral, a colorful example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, rich in works of art, that has inside the Sacred Corporal. Amazing is its front with its exceptional bas-reliefs. The inside of the Cathedral is adorned with important works, among which we list for example the famous frescoes by Luca Signorelli and the Reliquary of the Corporal.
Another site of sure interest is the Underground City, obtained from the cavity dug by the inhabitants during the centuries, rich in caves and wells, the most famous is surely that of Saint Patrick located next to the municipal gardens which are located inside the Albornoz Fortress.
This marvel of engineering was built in 1527 at the behest of Pope Clement VII, who entrusted the assignment to Giuliano da Sangallo the Younger. The goal was to ensure at Orvieto the water in every moment of the year.
In People’s Square, central place of the civil life of Orvieto, dominates the silhouette of the Palace of the Captain of the People, with the strange tower and the beautiful staircase that lead to the entrance hall. Today the palace houses an exhibition area and spaces for congresses and events. If you are able to enter, enjoy the XV century Salon, where the four hundred members of the city, with different Titles, met to govern the city.