Orvieto Duomo - A Hill Top Town An Hour North Of Rome Italy

If you have some time to do some travelling outside of Rome; we would suggest that you travel to Orvieto Duomo. This hill town sits on a 1000 meter high cliff. Orvieto is known for its fabulous cathedral, its Etruscan ruins and for Orvieto Classico wine. Orvieto is about an hour north of Rome by train, and lies in the southwest corner of Umbria.

Orvieto is a city in southwestern Umbria, Italy situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. The site of the city is among the most dramatic in Europe, rising above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone.

The hill top town of Orvieto Duomo boasts one of Italy's most outstanding cathedral facades. Over 300 years in the making over five centuries, the Gothic facade is a Tuscan masterpiece of stained glass, mosaics and sculpture, thanks largely to architect Lorenzo Maitani, the Pisano family and Andrea Orcagna.

This video will give you a good glimpse of the beautiful hill top town in Lazio Italy.

The Underground Of Orvieto Duomo

I think most visitors go to Pozzo San Patrizio near Piazza Cahen (at the uphill station of Orvieto’s funicular), but someone told us that we should visit Pozzo della Cava. We are happy we did! It is a bit tucked away from Orvieto’s main axis, although Via della Cava is the extension of Via Carvour to the west.

Pozzo della Cava is a private initiative to show some part of Orvieto’s underground to visitors. The name derives from the well, which is 36 m deep, compared to Pozzo San Patrizio’s 65 m. But this has to do with the fact that Pozzo della Cava is at a lower elevation in Orvieto, the city is declining quite steep from Piazza della Repubblica to the west.

The route through the caves is self-guided, excellently done with arrows and explanations in Italian, English, German, Spanish and French. In 14th century it was used as a kiln, which has been lovingly restored. The courtyard is beautiful; and you can sit and enjoy a drink and snack.

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