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Private Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Tour

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From: $151.66

 

TOUR DURATION

8 Hours

START TIME

08:00 AM

Mon,Tue, Wed, Thu, fri, sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your private driver will pick you up in the morning to bring you on a charming full day excursion to Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio, two gorgeous central Italy towns.

Your first stop will be Orvieto which is one of the leading art cities in Umbria. Thanks to its unique location and its stunning defensive tuff‘s walls Orvieto is considered one of the most spectacular towns in Europe.

Your driver will leave you in the central Piazza del Duomo. From here you can start your tour of Orvieto on your own time. We suggested to begin with the visit of the 13th century Duomo di Orvieto (Orvieto’s Cathedral) with its five bells added during the renaissance period. Then you may continue your tour exploring Via del Duomo surrounds by numerous beautiful buildings. Keep walking until you arrive in front of the 13th century Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (Palace of the Captain of the people). Going back on Via del Duomo make a right turns on Corso Camillo Benso until you reach the beautiful Palazzo Comunale. While you wandering around this enchanting city try one of the many delicious restaurants that the town offers; the truffle pasta is Orvieto’s specialty dish. Afterwards meet again your driver who will take you to the unique Pozzo di San Patrizio (St. Patrick’s well). Once you arrive at the well you can decide if you want to go down the 248 steps or just admire the building from the outside.

Your tour will now continue with the visit of the city of Civita di Bagnoregio a unique small town that dangerously hangs from a tuff hill. Your driver will stop on a panoramic terrace opposite to the city to give you the opportunity to enjoy a stunning view of Civita di Bagnoregio. You will then reach the spectacular bridge that connects the city with the rest of the world.  As you cross the bridge you will pass through the Etruscan Gate and you will be able to walk around the city admiring the beautiful medieval buildings with their magnificent Renaissance doors that lead nowhere; visit the nice San Donato Church. A small terrace is located at the end of the main street; from here you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Calanchi Valley.

At the end of your visit meet your driver again to return to your accommodations in Rome.

 

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver coordinator

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Visit of Orvieto

– Visit of Civita di Bagnoregio

– St. Patrick’s Well

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers

Departure point:
Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:
8 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Pozzo di San Patrizio – Orvieto

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When the Emperor Charles V attacked Rome in 1527 Pope Clement VII escaped in Orvieto.

Scared by the possibility of a siege he ordered the construction of the spectacular Pozzo di San Patrizio (Well of St. Patrick).

The well was named after the legend of St. Patrick’s Purgatory. The myth says that during the fifth century Christ showed St. Patrick a cave located in Station Island, Ireland. From this cave it was possible to enter the Purgatory. During the medieval time the site became very important for pilgrims. The name indicated something incredibly deep.

The famous architect and engineer Antonio da Sangallo the Younger of Florence designed the incredible well. It was constructed between 1527 and 1537.

The double helix ramps that surround the central well shaft were built for one-way traffic to avoid that the mules used to bring the water jars could be obstructed in their way back to the surface.

Things to see

The well is almost 175 ft deep; it is illuminated by 72 large windows.

The exterior is a large and low cylindrical structure ornate with Farnesian lilies; the lilies were chose because the well was completed under Pope Paul III a member of the Farnese family.

There are two doors diametrically opposite, one to enter the well and the other one to leave it.

It is a tradition once you reach the bottom of the St. Patrick’s well to throw a coin into the water so that one day you will be back in Orvieto.