The City

In the centre of Italy, built in a hilly area on the summit of a tufa rock- the so called Rupe- Orvieto is a majestic and fascinating city. On little more than a kilometre in length and eight hundred metres of width lies a history rich in artistic and cultural testimony which date from the Etruscan period to the second milenium.

The historical centre of Orvieto provides a patrimony of artistic and architectural evidence joined to a circuit of important museums.

Together with magnificent monuments, which cover centuries of history from the Etruscan period to the 18th century, we also find evidence less noted, like the many beautiful palaces of illustrious families, the small churches which lend themselves to pleasant strolls through the areas of the city: Stella, Corsica, Olmo and Serancia, the most suggestive being those found in the medieval area of S. Giovenale and S. Giovanni. Of great interest is a walk in the Enviromental Archaeological Park of Orvieto (PAAO). The entrance is situated in Palazzo Crispo in Piazza Marconi: with the necropolis of Cannicella and its walks among archaeology and nature, the PAAO represents a more naturalistic way of accessing the heart of the city. Another breathtaking walk is the walk that winds around the walls of the city through the medieval nucleus of the city and gives magnificent sights of the surrounding valleys.

With regards to the museum circuit the National Archaeological Museum under the supervision of the Archaeological Board of Umbria, the Archaeological museum Claudio Faina, the MODO (the circuit of museums belonging the Opera del Duomo and the Orvieto Underground are a must.

Next to the artistic vestiges of the past, Orvieto offers its visitors its pleasant atmosphere of a tranquil city with a social and cultural vivacity. There are many cultural events in every period of the year: from Umbria Jazz Winter, which takes place over Christmas and the New Year, to the long cultural events of "Venti Ascensionali" from October to February, the theatrical season at Mancinelli theatre, to the many concerts, talks, conferences, book presentations which are more or less continuous throughout the year and give life to the city.

The city also offers interesting commercial opportunities, where alongside elegant boutiques one can find wine, food and craft shops, where gold, wood, leather, pottery and the exquisite lace of Orvieto is created.

Orvieto belongs to the "Slow City" association, an organisation which unites many cities around the world under the "slow life" motto and which is characterized by a city adapt to its inhabitants, a rich cultural and civil fabric, attention to the quality of life and rigid conservation of the food traditions there.

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