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Why You Should Visit Orvieto, Italy

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Orvieto is One of the Best Day Trips From Rome by Train

The view of the steep city cliffs.

The view of the steep city cliffs.

Orvieto

Want to visit Italy, but looking to see more than just the tourist cities? Orvieto is your answer. Located only 90 minutes away by train, this historic town is perfect for a day trip from Rome.

The historic (and beautiful) section of this city is situated at the top of a steep hill. The train will drop you off in the modern, and consequently less interesting, part of the city. From there you can either drive to the top or take the escalator or elevator.

The hill-top town has beautiful views, gorgeous buildings, and an aura of history. The well-preserved Gothic and medieval buildings will make you feel like you're frozen in time. You can easily wander the city for hours without running out of beautiful architecture, historic buildings, or interesting spots to people-watch.

The city is surrounded by small parks and gardens that offer a truly unique view of the surrounding countryside. It is a far cry from what you’ll experience while you’re in the big cities, and well worth the trip to just stand and breathe country air. Within the city you’ll probably notice a fair number of tourists, most coming to visit the Duomo, but it is much quieter than the neighboring cities. There won't be any of the long lines you'll find in Rome.

Duomo di Orvieto

Orvieto Duomo Hours: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

You’ve heard of the beautiful Duomo in Florence, but I would argue that Orvieto’s Duomo is even more awe-inspiring. This church is massive and opens into a wide courtyard where people are often sitting, eating, or selling art. While this is a building of huge religious significance you don't have to be religious to appreciate it. Delicate frescoes and gold details cover the Duomo's facade. Decorated with a mixture of colorful mosaics, detailed sculpture, and impressive stained glass this church is truly memorable.

There is a small fee to go within the church but the décor within is just as magnificent as the exterior due to its sheer size and detail.

Pozzo della Cava

Caves beneath a small cafe.

This fascinating series of caves is hidden beneath a tiny little restaurant, tucked away on a side street. For only three euros you can discover some of the history hidden away in these historic caves, and explore the well hidden in their depths. Exploring these caves with a self-guided tour doesn't take too long, probably between a half hour and an hour and a half. But during this time you can learn a lot about the people who once lived on this hill, and hid in these caves. You can see remnants of broken pottery and discover the art of pottery-making. Nearing the end of your tour you can see the well the delves hundred of feet deep. That this well was handmade and actually used is exciting and dizzying.

Take the time after your visit to step into the restaurant where they've installed a glass panel you can stand on. Through the glass you can peer into the ruins below.

Torre del Moro

The tower in Orvieto.

To get to the top of this tower you need to climb the 250 steps; the view is worth it. The city from above is absolutely breathtaking. It was probably one of the best views I got in all of Italy, barring of course the top of St. Peter’s Basilica.

On one side you get a sweeping view of the countryside, the other offers a beautiful birds-eye view of the town. A word of warning though - the bell does occasionally go off so prepare your eardrums.

A City Worth Visiting

Overall, visiting Orvieto was a fantastic experience. The restaurants were delicious, the views were amazing, and the attractions were worth visiting. We reached Orvieto for fairly cheap, but our visit was during the off season and spent a whole day enjoying the city.

When you go to a country and visit only its big cities you miss out on a lot of what that country has to offer. Branch out a little and you’ll discover some truly beautiful things.

Streets of Orvieto

These beautiful city streets are just a day trip from Rome.

These beautiful city streets are just a day trip from Rome.

Orvieto Italy Map

How to Get From Rome to Orvieto

Getting to Orvieto is incredibly easy. All you have to do is purchase a train ticket at Termini Train Station in Rome to Orvieto. The ride should take about an hour and a half and it's a direct route.


You can purchase train tickets at Trenitalia. When I went train tickets were only about 35 euros but it depends heavily on the season and how far in advance you purchase.

Roma Termini to Orvieto (approx 1.5 hours)

Comments

Anna (author) from Around the World on October 03, 2018:

Thank you, Carol! Orvieto is one of my favorite little towns I've ever visited :)

Carol Fischer from Dubai on September 12, 2018:

Amazing blog. Enjoyed reading it. Orvieto is one among my bucket list.

Anna (author) from Around the World on September 18, 2015:

Thanks bdegiulio. Orvieto was one of my favorite places I visited during my stay in Italy. It didn't feel like a tourist destination so it felt so much more authentic. The caves were probably my favorite part. I'll just have to visit again to do the larger caves tour :)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 17, 2015:

Great job Anna. We have explored a lot of Tuscany but have not made it to Orvieto yet. We'll have to add it to our list for a future trip. Love the caves and the views from the tower.