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Classic tour of Orvieto

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The Tour of Orvieto Classica by TodiGuide includes a visit to the main monuments of the city.

It lasts approximately 2 hours / 2 hours and 30 minutes, starts with one of the most famous monuments in Italy: the Well of San Patrizio. The work dates back to 1527 and is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture: it was in fact designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger at the behest of Clement VII.

The well is accessible by paying an entrance ticket and being willing to go down 248 stairs and climb as many!Orvieto Duomo

But it will be worth doing this effort because the effect from the inside will be unique in its kind. Near the Pozzo there are the ruins of the fourteenth-century Fortezza Albornoziana, now transformed into a public park: the view from the terrace of the walls is wonderful. On foot, walking along Corso Cavour, you reach the Torre del Moro.

With its 40 meters high it is located in the center of the city. The tower can be visited and it is useless to tell you that the view from the top is breathtaking! A few steps from the tower is Piazza del Popolo and the homonymous Palazzo del Popolo, an ancient building built in tuff and in the typical “Orvieto style”.

Just walk another 5 minutes and here we are at the splendid Cathedral of S. Maria Assunta. The church, begun at the end of 1200, is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. Stunning is the facade, 52 meters high x 40 meters wide, decorated with precious and elegant mosaics. The interior “striped” light and dark (travertine and basalt) is typically in Tuscan style: it recalls the Cathedral of Siena. The relic of the Corporal Saint of Bolsena (in memory of the miracle that occurred in Bolsena in 1263) is kept in the left side chapel called the Corporal.

In the right side chapel called San Brizio you can admire the precious cycle of frescoes executed by Luca Signorelli between 1498 and 1501 approximately. (Entrance ticket to the chapel € 5 full; € 4 reduced). * Other attractions: Orvieto Underground (for a fee) National Archaeological Museum (for a fee) “Faina” Archaeological Museum (for a fee) Opera del Duomo Museum (for a fee) Emilio Greco Museum (for a fee) Church of Sant’Andrea Church of San Giovenale Church of Sant’Agostino Walk of the Walls Necropolis of Crocifisso del Tufo (for a fee and slightly outside the historic center)

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