Orvieto - a city of history, art and culture
is 60 km from Villa Edera
a journey not to be missed during your holiday in Maremma
Orvieto is located in central Italy, on the border between Umbria, where it belongs, Tuscany and Lazio. Built on top of steep rocks of tuff, has always been a majestic and charming. Its strengths are its central location and the charm of the small town of art on a human scale. It was one of the most important Etruscan city. The Middle Ages and the Renaissance drew the city in its salient features. All in Orvieto us back to a past that is read everywhere, protected enhanced thanks to the works of rehabilitation and recovery in recent years.
Clinging to a shelf bedrock, the profile of the Cathedral, symbol of the city in the world, it outlines the distance and invites you to leave your car for
walk towards the fortress. The city of Orvieto has interpreted this requirement of the visitor by creating a structure on a man who does not provide for access by car, but the restoration of an old funicular railway that connects the station to the historical center of Orvieto, passing by the Albornoz fortress; is also active in Camp Fair 'efficient big garage with a system of escalators and elevators dug into the tuff mountain leading to the medieval quarter, and finally comfortable minibus allow fast movements.
To appreciate the exceptional panoramic views of the city is worth to climb on top of the thirteenth century Torre del Moro, the highest point and center of Orvieto, which the gaze is lost between the green horizon that surrounds it.
Heart of the city of Orvieto is the Piazza del Duomo, one of the valuable space overlooking antichPalazzi and rises the imposing structure
the Cathedral, whose wonderful facade, sculpted like a miniature, shines polychrome marble and mosaics, monopolizing the attention to the purity of its lines. Inside you can admire masterpieces by Luca Signorelli, who painted The Stories of the Antichrist, the End of the World, the Resurrection of the Flesh, The Elect and the Reprobates, and a spectacular final judgment in the Chapel of San Brizio, while Fra Angelico decorated with angels sails of the ceiling. Started in 1290, the construction of the Cathedral lasted for several centuries.
Corner of Via del Duomo is visible with automatic turret with its beats that marked the time of the centuries-old site of the factory.
The beauty of the city of Orvieto is enriched by important Etruscan necropolis which are the two, located at the base of the cliff (Necropolis of the Crucifix of Tufo - Loc San Martin), and the Underground of the city.
The latter was expanded during the Middle Ages for different purposes, by the creation of reservoirs and refuges for the breeding of pigeons, to become a real city carved into the mountain. This hidden city can be visited Orvieto Underground together with the route to St. Patrick's Well, built by Antonio da Sangallo for Pope Clement VII in the sixteenth and open to the public.