The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

Entrance to Giardini Comunali Di Orvieto

Nick in the Giardini Comunali Di Orvieto

View of landscape from Giardini Comunali Di Orvieto (1)

View of landscape from Giardini Comunali Di Orvieto (2)

View of landscape from Giardini Comunali Di Orvieto (3)

View of landscape from Giardini Comunali Di Orvieto (4)

Barb in the Giardini Comunali Di Orvieto

View of Clock Tower at entrance to Piazza della Repubblica

Sant' Andrea and Campanile at Piazza della Repubblica

Glimpse of Duomo Facade down streets of Orvieto

View down streets of Orvieto (1)

The Facade of the Duomo of Orvieto

Buildings around the Piazza Duomo

View down streets of Orvieto (2)

Ceramiche Shop in Orvieto near Piazza Duomo

View down streets of Orvieto (3)

Duomo of Orvieto

Nave and Front Altar of Duomo of Orvieto

Ceiling above Front Altar of Duomo of Orvieto

Capella Madonna di Santa Brizio in Duomo of Orvieto

View down streets of Orvieto (4)

Nick in the funicular with Orvieto wines


Today we went down to the train station and caught a train to Orvieto, about an hour north of Rome, in the region of Umbria to sample some of the wine from here. Orvieto is perched upon a plateau 300 metres above sea level looking down over a landscape dotted with vineyards. From the train station we took the funicular up to the old town site and visited the Giardini Comunali Di Orvieto (community gardens). The town has an abundance of wine shops selling the regional wines, including the Orvieto Classico which we can get at home for about $15.00 a bottle (here it set us back 2.50 Euros or about $3.75). There were also a few ceramic shops about. We wandered about the sleepy town and visited at Sant' Andrea in Piazza della Republica which has a unique 12-sided campanile which was part of the original 12th century building and the Duomo, one of Italy's greatest Romanesque-Gothic cathedrals, which was begun in 1290 and took over 300 years to complete. The cathedral was inspired by the Miracle of Bolsena in which real blood from a consecrated host had supposedly dripped on the altar cloth of a church in the nearby town of Bolsena. The Cappella del Corporale has the altar cloth from the church in Bolsena in it.



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