Orvieto

Visiting the city of Orvieto, one of the oldest cities in Italy, means to explore its different layers that are historical, cultural, geological, anthropological starting from a given that for the many travelers, scholars, researchers they met and described it remained indelible: its shape. That “stone that rises up towards the clouds to the sky” (Saxum per nubila coeli surgit) sung by an Orvieto poet of the thirteenth century, Mastro Mechoro.

 

Impossible not to start our tour in Orvieto from the splendid colorful Duomo, an example of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, rich in works of art, which houses the Sacred Corporal inside. Stunning is its façade with its exceptional bas-reliefs. The interior of the Cathedral is adorned with important works, among which we list as an example the famous frescoes by Luca Signorelli and the Reliquiario del Corporale.

 

Another interesting site is the Underground City, created from the cavities dug by the inhabitants over the centuries, full of caves and wells, the most famous is certainly the Pozzo of St. Patrick located next to the municipal gardens that are inside the Fortress Albornoz.

 

This marvel of engineering was built in 1527 at the behest of Pope Clement VII who entrusted the task to Giuliano da Sangallo the Younger. The goal was to ensure water at Orvieto at any time of the year.

 

In Piazza del Popolo, the central place of the civil life of Orvieto, it dominates the outline of the Capitano del Popolo palace, with the strange tower and the beautiful staircase that leads to the entrance hall. Today the building houses an exhibition area and spaces for congresses and events. If you are able to enter, enjoy the Salone dei Quattrocento, where the four hundred members who in various ways governed the city