Duomo di Orvieto, Orvieto

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Discover one of the finest examples of Italian-Gothic architecture at Duomo di Orvieto. In the hilltop town of Orvieto, the 13th-century cathedral features a dominating front facade of golden mosaics, three bronze doors, and a large rose window. Tour the interior to admire two frescoed chapels that are said to have influenced Michelangelo's painting of the Sistine Chapel. To plan Orvieto vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • Great choice. All to try. The pigeon is a great choice. Even the wines deserve a careful choice.
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  • Beautiful church, separate stone on the outside and very beautiful façade. Visit in worth, entrance 4 euro.
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  • We helped ourselves with the entrance ticket to keep alive this beauty of the Duomo. Amazing work one of our numerous Italian goodies.
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  • Orvieto is absolutely epic.  It's a mountain-top city built dramatically behind cliffside walls, built entirely of stone.  It is beyond ancient - originally founded around the Etruscan era, nearly impossible to access, let alone attack.  It was finally annexed by Julius Caesar and has served many strategic purposes since. The cathedral. Is. Insane.  I can barely begin to describe it to you.  You've heard of it's size, and you've probably seen photos, but it ever does the massive structure justice: it is a feat of humanity, and a joy to rediscover upon every revisiting.  The Orvieto Cathedral has a typical striped exterior, white tavertine and green-black basalt, which, to an American seeing a church for the first time, may remind you of Christmas.  It's anything but.  If you are lucky enough to first see it after turning an alley corner, beware of losing your breath.  The Gothic façade of the Orvieto Cathedral is one of the great masterpieces of the Late Middle Ages, decorated with saints, golden biblical depictions, and an enormous stained glass rose window. Orvieto is worth visiting for the cathedral alone, but the city is also home to beautiful alleys, fantastic gelato, ancient water wells, and an overlook of the valley below. I can't recommend Orvieto higher.
  • Beautiful cathedral in a grand setting. Entrance was €4 and you get a small leaflet with information on the art in the cathedral. I particularly liked the frescoes of the judgement day scene, by the statues of Adam and Eve.
  • Our hosts, my wife's relatives in Valentano, took us on several sight-seeing day trips when we visited in 2005. This beautiful cathedral was one of the highlights and I remember the dark, meditative atmosphere within the main room. To be there now and imagine the early worshippers in the same space in the 1590's was a joyful experience.
  • Awesome. Go inside and check the height and mesmerising geometry of the ceiling
  • Fantastically beautiful! Imagine approaching Orvieto by foot several hundred years ago and seeing THIS? Magnificent!

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Where to stay in Orvieto

Orvieto draws thousands of visitors every day of the year, so it is essential to book your rooms well in advance. You can choose a centrally located mid-range hotel, offering comfortable rooms, good food, and friendly service by knowledgeable locals. You can also explore the more expensive lodgings offered by quaint hotels with gourmet restaurants located in the picturesque hills surrounding the city. Remember that if you do stay outside of Orvieto, you may also need to rent a car to get around.  
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