Orvieto, in the southwest of Umbria, is a city with unique features beginning with its geographical location and elevated position on a large plateau of tuff and volcanic rocks. Thanks to this particular position, the city still today keeps its original urban structure from the medieval times. For this reason it is possible to say that the whole area of ??the town center represents a unique large and charming historical center.
The history of Orvieto has much to tell: the first settlements that have left testimonials still visible are those of the Etruscan civilization (IX-III century BC). The necropolis of the Crocifisso del Tufo and of Cannicella, the ruins of the Belvedere temple and several wells and cavities dug into the tuff are still well preserved today.
But it is in medieval times that Orvieto probably had its greatest splendor and lived a period of great importance and well-being. In this era, the city saw a profound change in its urban structure and added to the palaces and churches already present, monuments of great artistic and social importance such as the Duomo, Torre del Moro, Albornoz Fortress, Palazzo del Popolo and City Hall.
Just as important to Orvieto is the underground dimension of the city. The large tuff mass that hides in it numerous cavities and caves, some of natural origin, others created by man digging into the subsoil to achieve a dual purpose: to obtain building material and at the same time to obtain spaces to use as wineries, dumpsters or wells.
Orvieto’s Underground areas are such a fascinating world to explore that have become a real visitor’s attraction, such as the Well of St. Patrick and of La Cava, the Orvieto Underground Caves, the Underground Churches of S.Andrea and the Labyrinth of Adriano.
The best times to visit the city are different, each of which can offer different scenarios and events. In the city and in its quaint historic center there are shops, restaurants, typical trattorias and artisan shops. These activities well represent some Orvieto peculiarities related to local craftsmanship and gastronomy. In particular, Orvieto is famous for its famous DOC wine produced by numerous wineries scattered throughout the countryside surrounding the cliff.
DAY TRIPS BY BUS FROM ORVIETO
- Comfortable GT bus
- Reservation and direct confirmation
- Audio guide played on board
- Informative brochure about the area on board
POINT OF DEPARTURE AND ARRIVAL IN ORVIETO (ORVIETO SCALO)
The excursions from Orvieto to Bagnoregio – Civita and Bolsena always depart from and arrive at the bus terminal located in Piazza della Pace (at the lower level of the Orvieto train station). The square is located in Orvieto Scalo, and from the Orvieto city center can be easily reached by taking the funicular (cable car) that runs every 10 minutes (starting from 7.15 AM until 8.30 PM, it takes 2 minutes from the center to the station).
Once you exit the funicular terminal you are in Piazza Matteotti. From here, enter the train station building in front of you and walk downstairs until you reach Piazza della Pace. Once downstairs, on your left you can see an info-point and cafeteria, with also restrooms and luggage storage. That is your departure place for your bus excursion!