Orvieto & Bagnoregio
An alternative to Rome and a journey into Italy’s fascinating past.
A NOTE ABOUT DRIVING TIMES
Lots of time on the road, about 4 hrs in total. Orvieto is an hour and 45 minutes from port (further than Rome).
Orvieto offers a variety of architecture and many interesting things to do, while Bagnoregio is a unique experience that will transport you back to the Medieval.
Orvieto is situated in the very pretty countryside north of Rome. The city is of Etruscan origins and, as was typical of Etruscan places, sits on a rocky plateau. Orvieto has lots to offer, from varied and beautiful architecture architecture to interesting history and sights to sweeping vistas of the surrounding terrain. The most popular highlights are:
- the duomo (cathedral) with its impressive facade featuring a plethora of mosaics and shimmering goldleaf
- the Pozzo di San Patrizio, a huge well with a double helix staircase dug for the popes about 500 years ago
- the underground city, a labyrinth of tunnels, stairs, hidden rooms and Etruscan artifacts
In addition to all the things to do and see you can also simply stroll the charming streets and piazzas, enjoy the many lookout points, and sample the delicious local flavours at any number of good trattorias and cafés.
A tour of the underground city, which is a great way to explore the city’s 3000 year history, takes about an hour (optional; not included in the rate).
Civita di Bagnoregio
After about a 30 minute drive from Orvieto through the lush countryside you will come upon the ancient village of Civita di Bagnoregio, a place where time stands still. Founded by the Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago, Bagnoregio sits on a volcanic plateau high above the Tiber river and is easily recognizable by the long footbridge that leads to it (note that this village is not suitable for those with limited mobility). Now somewhat of a Medieval ghost town, Bagnoregio is an excellent choice for those interested in architecture, featuring styles that span several centuries.
Lake Bolsena is quite popular due to its beauty and is a nice choice if you’re seeking natural vistas and a breath of fresh air. At the highest point on the lake sits Montefiascone, offering visitors stunning views and interesting stories of its past.
If architecture is of interest you might want to visit San Flaviano, a Romanesque church from the 11th century. The church is actually composed of two structures, one on top of the other, containing some unusual frescoes, most notably San Flaviano himself on horseback, dressed for war.
DURATION: 9 hrs
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