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ORVIETO TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION


Orvieto has developed on a cliff of volcanic rock. Today its Gothic cathedral is of wide appeal attracting tourists to this captivating town. The city fills with tourists in the summertime, understandably so as Orvieto is well-deserving of admiration.

This town has been a powerful town in Umbria for 30 centuries. The city was founded as an Etruscan settlement in the 8th or 9th century BC and was recognized for its skilfully crafted bronze and ceramics.

Vestiges of this magnificent past are exhibited in the town´s museums such as the Museo Claudio Faina e Civico and the Museo Archeologico Nazionale.

Another important time for Orvieto was the medieval period during which it had control of the papal states. As well as the cathedral many other splendid private and religious buildings were erected.

All these magnificent period monuments make Orvieto a splendid place to stroll around.  The Orvieto Unica Card is a good option for seeing the town. The pre-paid card gives the holder access to Orvieto’s major museums and sights, such as the San Brizio Chapel in the Duomo, the Torre del Moro, the Museo "Claudio Faina" and Orvieto Underground. The card also includes a number of services such as guided tours at certain times, as well as a cumulative bus and funicular ticket.

The Orvieto Unica Card can be bought at the Campo della Fiera park

For the tourist information office e-mail info@iat.orvieto.tr.it or head for Piazza Duomo 24.   
 
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK

Sosta which is located on Corso Cavour is a self service restaurant where pizza and pasta are of excelllent quality. There are also meat and vegetable dishes.

Le Grotte del Fumaro is an atmospheric restaurant situated in a cavern. Views are fabulous and it is decorated with agricultural tools. There is also a piano bar so you can enjoy some live music in the evenings.

The fine Osteria dell’Angelo is considered by many to be one of the top Umbrian restaurants. Its chef was listed as the “Chef to Watch” in the year 2000. Among its delights is the banana soufflé coated in rum-and-cream sauce and of course its well-stocked wine cellar.

Ristorante La Pergola serves traditional meaty Umbrian dishes among which is the cinghiale (wild boar). The flower filled garden makes a lovely place to savour a good meal.

L’Asino d’Oro is a deservedly popular typical trattoria. The menu varies as the imaginative chef creates new dishes with seasonal ingredients every day.
Ristorante Zeppelin has a 20s theme with jazz music in the background and an inviting long wooden bar. Its Umbrian menu includes vegetarian dishes, traditional dishes and those especially approriate for children. Cooking lessons can be taken at the restaurant.

La Badia Ristorante is an elegant eatery whose suckling pig and tagliolini pasta with truffles are magnificent.

Ristorante I Sette Consoli on Piazza Sant’Angelo’s fame is growing rapidly known as widely as Rome and Milan. Bookings are a must. The food is creative and following the nouvelle cuisine style and there is a delightful garden, perfect for summer evening meals.

Caffe Montanucci on Corso Cavour is a friendly café offering cocktails, espresso, and delectable chocolate, ice-cream and panini. They also conveniently have internet connection.

Cantina Foresi
is a wine bar and café on Piazza Duomo which offers panini and sausages accompanied with local wines.
Pasqualetti is an ice cream parlour positoned so you can admire the stunning cathedral on Piazzo Duomo while you eat.

Il Palazzo del Gusto is a fascinating Etruscan underground wine cellar. Some tunnels have been constructed as wine tasting rooms and for holding events.   

HOW TO GET TO ORVIETO

BY BUS : to Rome (duration: 1.20 hours, services: 2 a day).
BY CABLE CAR: to reach Piazza Cahen up the hill departures are approximately every 13 minutes. Bus 1 connects the train station and the old town and ATC bus A goes from Piazza Cahen to Piazza Duomo. Take ATC bus B to go to Piazza della Repubblica.
BY CAR: the A1 goes past Orvieto and the SS71 goes to Lake Trasimeno. There is a free car park behind the train station, in Piazza Cahen and in other areas outside the city walls. BY TRAIN: the train linking Rome and Florence goes past Orvieto. To Rome (duration: 1 ¼ hours, services: every hour), to Florence (duration: 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours , services: every hour), to Perugia (duration: 1 ¼ hours, services: every other hour).

 
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