A Journey through Orvieto

Orvieto is an old and ancient city built high on a volcanic tuff in Umbria, between the cities of Rome and Florence.

Built during the Etruscan era, the city has an mysterious and intriguing underground life of tunnels, galleries, wells and cellars. Famed for it's towering cathedral, it is one of the finest architectural examples of Italian gothic.  

Life here is lived well.  Food, wine and simple pleasures are never taken for granted. Locals love to mingle in the streets, sitting along the cobbled paths, talking of their day or of years gone past.

Every Thursday and Saturday is market day; locals appears from the many narrow streets and head to the Piazza del Popolo, wheeling their trolleys for the week's fresh pickings of fruit and vegetables and sampling the salamis, whole roasted pork and wheels of cheese.

This is truly a unique city. As Marlena de Blasi, author of The Lady in the Palazzo: An Umbrian Love Story says "Everywhere in Orvieto there is the suspicion of Glory".

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Orvieto in Umbria
Street in Orvieto

The narrow and winding medieval streets are a joy to explore.


The Happy Cats of Orvieto.

Typically Italian

Nonna and the grand-children.  Isn't this scene just so typically Italian.

Piazza in Italy

Life in Piazza.

Italian Nun

A nun about her business.

cats in Italy

 Open this door...now!!!

Street scene Orvieto Italy

Italian street life in black and white. Typical cobbled streets.

Dlce far Niente

The Italian art of dolce far niente.

Italian men

More of dolce far niente in piazza. This is the way to live and Italians know it! as Leonardo da Vinci said: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication".

Italian cat

How did I get here!!! How do I get down????

Italian Food Markets

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