OrvietoOrvieto is a city in Umbria. Designed to be impregnable, it was founded by the Etruscans on the top of a steep hill made of tufa, a volcanic ash stone.
By carOrvieto is on the A1 autostrada that runs from Milan to Rome via Florence. After exiting the autostrada, a steep road winds its way up to the town. The approach to the town is one of the most glorious things about visiting Orvieto. Free parking is available at the railway station (take the funicular railway up to town) and on Via Roma if you eat at a restaurant in the centro storico (ask for a voucher at the restaurant).
By busThe bus station is at Piazza Cahen on the Eastern edge of the town. Public buses, taxis, or a quick walk will get you into the town itself. Frequent buses run to and from Rome (2 hrs), Viterbo, Bolsena, Perugia (1 hr), and Todi (2 hrs). Bus A connects Piazza Cahen to the Piazza del Duomo and Bus B to the Piazza della Repubblica.
By trainThe Orvieto train station is at the base of the hill at Orvieto Scalo and there are several daily trains to Florence, Chiusi, and Rome. The station is small and it is easy to find a taxi or a public bus up to the town. The funicular terminus is just outside the station if you want the spectacular ride up!
A funicular railway runs from the railway station to Piazza Cahen and is an easy and spectacular way of getting into town. The town itself is small and walking the entire length of the town is easy. Frequent public buses run through the town and taxis are also available.
Useful bus routes:
Bicycles are available for rent at Testa Renato on the Via Montmarte and at Ciclo e Trekking Natura e Avventura on via Montenibbio near the station.
Tourist informationIs available from the tourist office at the Piazza del Duomo (M-F 8:15-1:50, 4-7;Sat 10-1, 4-7; Sun and holidays 10-12, 4-6).
- Duomo The wonderful Duomo of Orvieto is the main 'must-see' sight in this town. Constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries, the black and white striped building is in mixed Romanesque and Gothic styles. The setting, on the Orvieto hill and visible from miles away in the Umbrian countryside, doesn't hurt either. But, impressive as the cathedral is, the piece de resistance is inside, the frescoes of Luca Signorelli on the theme of the Last Judgment inside the Capella di San Brizio.
- Pozzo di San Patrizio
- Pozzo della Cava
- Medieval Quarter
- Palazzo Buzi
- San Giacomo Maggiore
- Madonna della Cava
- Musei Archeologici Claudio Faina e Civico
- Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Museo Emilio Greco
- Museo Archeologico
- Underground Orvieto
- Piazza del Popolo and Corso Cavour
- Palazzo del Popolo
- Museo delle Ceramiche Medioevale
- San Giovanni
- San Giovenale
- Porta Maggiore
- San Lorenzo de Arari
- San Francesco
- The citadel
- Tempio del Belvedere (Etruscan temple)
The walled city in general is also lovely to walk around.
To see: Piazza del Popolo, Saint Patrick's well, La Cava well (etruscan), Corso Cavour (with its shop and restaurants), the Medieval quarter, Saint Giovenale, Saint Giovanni and Saint Francesco churches, Albornoz rock and the surrounding promenade of the downtown.
phone: +39 0763-342-373address: Via della Cava, 28
address: Piazza Duomo, 23
Orvieto has long been and still is a center of artisanal pottery. You will find many shops near the Duomo, often with competitive prices. Also, the town is filled with several enotecas that feature Orvieto Classico — the white wine named after the city. You can get a bottle of good Classico for €3.
The gelato in piazza del Duomo is the best.
Pizzeria Charlie's- Corso Cavour. Some of the best pizza you will eat in all of Italy. A varied menu, wines, on tap beers, etc. Open for dinner at 7PM. Pizza prices range from 5-7 euros. Delicious.
Pasqueletti's- Gelateria, (Next to Duomo, and on the corner of Corso Cavour and Via Duomo) fresh gelato, open from mid day until 12:30PM. 2-3.5 euro for a cone/cup. They will let you put up to three flavors on one order. (It's a chain-there is also another Pasqueletti's on Via Corso Cavour near to Via Duomo, a much smaller store though.)
L'Asino d'Oroaddress: Vicolo del PopoloOrvieto's sole chef inspired restaurant with a menu that changes daily but stresses the boar and truffles that the area is famous for. The chef, Lucio Sforza, does the rounds and the setting is quiet with most tables outside in the patio. Closed in winter.
Mauriziophone: +39 0763-341114address: Via DuomoUmbrian food. Typical great dishes, great wines at reasonable prices.
Ristorante dell'Ancoraaddress: Via di Piazza del Popolo 5-11The owner is local and his name is Carlo, his wife silvna owns a shop in the town as well. Tiramisu is exceptionally delicious. Eat on the outside candle lit terrace surrounded by lush green vines for a more romantic experience
Etruscaaddress: Via Lorenzo Maitani 10Traditional food in a fifteenth century building.
address: Corso Cavour, 231
address: Piazza Duomo, 2A nice place to have a glass of wine and traditional processed meats and cheeses from the Umbrian region. But what makes this place really interesting is the opportunity to visit the cellars cut into tufo rock and dating back to the 13th Century. The walls (and bottles!) are covered by a white mold.
Blu BarLocal hangout, amicable bartenders, and wi-fi internet access.
Caffe Corsoaddress: On the main street, Via Corso CavourFree Wi-fi access, nice little place to sit and get on the internet, very friendly staff, quick snacks and drinks. Open late, usually till midnight.
phone: +39 0763 341887, +39 0763 393849address: Vicolo di Maurizio18 rooms in an ideal location.
phone: +39 0763-616727address: Localita' San Faustino, 24In Umbria, just a few kilometers from Orvieto among the charming hills, Griffin's Resort is an exclusive, quaint hotel with a gourmet restaurant.
phone: +39 0763-342011address: Via Lorenzo Maitani, 5Arguably Orvieto's top hotel, in an ideal location for enjoying the town before the crowds arrive.
Agriturismo (Holiday Farms)
phone: +39 0763-627199address: Contrada della Torraccia, 3/918 km from Orvieto.