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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos where we will showcase the best of the fascinating city of Orvieto: – Orvieto is a city and comune in the Province of Terni, southwestern Umbria, Italy. It is situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff, which rises dramatically above the surrounding landscape. Orvieto has a rich history, culture, and architecture that attract many visitors from all over the world. Orvieto was an important centre of Etruscan civilization, and many artifacts from this ancient culture can be seen in the Museo Claudio Faina e Museo Civico. The city also has a stunning cathedral, the Duomo, which is one of the masterpieces of Italian Gothic art. The Duomo features a magnificent facade with colourful mosaics, sculptures, and bronze doors, as well as a frescoed interior with works by Luca Signorelli and Fra Angelico. One of the most remarkable attractions of Orvieto is the Pozzo di San Patrizio, or the Well of Saint Patrick. This is a deep well that was built in the 16th century by Pope Clement VII, who sought refuge in Orvieto during the sack of Rome. The well has a double spiral staircase with 248 steps, which allowed people and animals to descend and ascend without crossing each other. The well was designed to provide water to the city in case of a siege. Orvieto also offers a variety of activities and experiences for visitors, such as tours and guided visits, wine and food tastings, festivals and events, and walking and cycling routes. The city is surrounded by a beautiful countryside with olive groves, vineyards, and medieval villages. Orvieto is a perfect destination for those who want to enjoy the authentic charm of Italy.

Parcheggio Orvieto Percorso Meccanizzato can be found along Via della Segheria (Photos 1-2) – Piazza de’ Ranieri is a square in the historic centre of Orvieto. It is named after Ranieri di Filippo, a nobleman who lived in the 14th century and owned a palace in the square. The square is also home to the San Lodovico Religious Hospitality House, a monastery that offers accommodation and spiritual retreats for groups and individuals. The square overlooks the city walls and offers a panoramic view of the surrounding valley. (Photos 3-4) – Via Ripa Serancia is a street in Orvieto which runs from Piazza de’ Ranieri to Piazza S. Giovanni. (Photo 5) – Piazza S. Giovanni is another square in the historic centre of Orvieto, near Piazza de’ Ranieri. It is named after the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, which dates to the 11th century and has a Romanesque facade and a Gothic interior. Piazza S. Giovanni is a nice place to relax and enjoy the beauty of Orvieto. (Photos 6-7) – Vicolo Ripa Medici is a dead-end street in Orvieto which can be found in the Piazza de’ Ranieri (Photos 8-9) – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi is a street in Orvieto which runs from Piazza de’ Ranieri to Corso Cavour. (Photo 10) – Via Ippolito Scalza is a street in Orvieto which runs from Piazza Santa Chiara to Piazza Febei. (Photo 11) – Piazza Febei is a small square near the San Francesco Church, on the south side of Orvieto’s historic centre. It is named after Francesco Maria Febei, a 17th century bishop and writer who founded the Accademia dei Risvegliati (“Academy of the Reawakened”). The square is home to several historic buildings, such as Palazzo Coelli and Palazzo Febei. Piazza Febei is also the highest point in the city, as indicated by a weathered plaque on the corner of Via Lorenzo Maitani. Piazza Febei is a place of cultural and historical interest in Orvieto. (Photo 12) – Via Lorenzo Maitani is a street in Orvieto which runs from Piazza Febei to Piazza del Duomoi. (Photos 13-14-16-17) – Via Pedota is a street in Orvieto which runs from Via Lorenzo Maitani to Via dei Magoni. (Photo 15) – Piazza del Duomo is the main square of Orvieto. The square is famous for its stunning cathedral, also known as the Duomo di Orvieto, which is one of the most spectacular examples of Italian Gothic architecture. The square is a lively place where locals and tourists gather to admire the cathedral, enjoy a meal or a drink at one of the many cafes and restaurants, or attend cultural events and festivals. Piazza del Duomo is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Orvieto and Umbria. (Photos 18-25-26-27-28) – Duomo di Orvieto is the name of the cathedral that dominates the Piazza del Duomo in Orvieto. It is one of the most impressive and beautiful Gothic churches in Italy, with a rich history and artistic heritage. The cathedral was built to house the holy relic of the Miracle of Bolsena, which occurred in 1263 when a priest witnessed blood dripping from a consecrated host during Mass. The construction of the cathedral began in 1290 and lasted for about 300 years, involving several architects and artists who contributed to its design and decoration. The facade of the cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic art, featuring a rose window, four large bronze statues of the Evangelists, and a series of mosaics depicting scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary. The interior of the cathedral is equally stunning, with a nave, four aisles, a transept, and a polygonal apse. The walls and ceilings are covered with frescoes by some of the most renowned painters of the Italian Renaissance, such as Luca Signorelli, Fra Angelico, and Benozzo Gozzoli. The cathedral also contains several chapels, each with its own artistic and historical significance. The most famous one is the Chapel of San Brizio, where Signorelli painted his famous cycle of the Last Judgment and the Resurrection of the Flesh. The cathedral also has a museum, where visitors can admire the original sculptures, paintings, and relics that belonged to the cathedral, as well as the archaeological remains of the ancient temple that stood on the same site. (Photos 18-19-20-21-22-23-24) – Via Cesare Nebbia is a street in Orvieto which runs from Via Soliana to Corso Cavour. (Photos 29-30) – Corso Cavour is a street in Orvieto which runs from Piazza Cahen to Via Filippeschi. (Photos 31-32-33) – Piazza Sant’Andrea is a square in the historic centre of Orvieto. It is named after the church of Sant’Andrea, which dates to the 12th century and has a distinctive decagonal bell tower. The square is also home to the Farmacia Sant’Andrea, a pharmacy that has been operating since 1870, and the Il Sant’Andrea restaurant, which serves traditional Umbrian cuisine. Piazza Sant’Andrea is one of the many attractions that Orvieto offers to visitors, along with its majestic cathedral, its Etruscan necropolis, and its underground network of tunnels and wells. (Photos 34-35-36)

Orvieto Cuisine: – Orvieto cuisine is a blend of influences from Umbria, Lazio, and Tuscany. It is based on simple and fresh ingredients, such as olive oil, cheese, wild boar, truffles, and pasta. Some of the typical dishes of Orvieto are: – Umbrichelli: a thick, hand-rolled pasta made with flour and water, served with various sauces, such as arrabbiata (spicy tomato), tartufo (truffle), or ragù (meat). – Palomba alla leccarda: a roasted pigeon or dove with a sauce of vinegar, rosemary, garlic, and anchovies. – Pollo alla cacciatora: a chicken stew with tomatoes, olives, capers, and herbs. – Tozzetti alle mandorle: crunchy almond biscuits flavored with anise, often dipped in sweet wine. – Ciambelle al vino: ring-shaped cookies made with wine, sugar, and oil, perfect for breakfast or a snack. – Orvieto is also famous for its white wine, Orvieto Classico, which is dry and fruity, and pairs well with many dishes.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk – Parcheggio Percorso Meccanizzato to Piazza Sant’Andrea
Approximately 2.27 km – 1.41 miles

The walk starts in Parcheggio Percorso Meccanizzato – take the lift or escalators to Piazza de’ Ranieri – Via Ripa Serancia – Vicolo Ripa Medici – Via Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via Alberici – Via Ghibellina – Via Ippolito Scalza – Piazza Febei – Via Lorenzo Maitani – Via Pedota – Via Lorenzo Maitani – Piazza del Duomo – Duomo di Orvieto, Piazza del Duomo – Via Soliana  – Via Cesare Nebbia – Corso Cavour – Piazza Sant’Andrea