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Private Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio Tour
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Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking
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.
– Round trip transportation with private car
– Expert English speaking driver coordinator
– Visit of Orvieto
– Visit of Civita di Bagnoregio
– St. Patrick’s Well
– 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
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Located in the Umbria region Orvieto was built on top of a volcanic tuff’s hill. Thanks to its unique location and the stunning defensive walls constructed in the same tuff‘s stone Orvieto is considered one of the most spectacular cities in Europe.
The city is also renowned for its white wine production and for its many traditional restaurants. Orvieto’s specialty dish is truffle pasta.
Orvieto was inhabited since the Etruscan time. The Romans prospered here too; thanks to its position the city was impenetrable.
When the Roman Empire collapsed in a period of great insecurity Orvieto’s defensible location gained more and more importance. After a short period under the Lombards’ domination the city became a free commune. A Podesta’ (captain of the people) ruled the town.
The city flourished and became also an important cultural center. A University was founded and Thomas Aquinas worked here until the Pope wanted him in Rome.
Slowly the city passed under the papal control even before it became one of the Papal States. During this period the Popes were moving constantly to control the papal possessions. Only two cities outside Rome had papal palaces: Orvieto and Viterbo.
Pope Adrian IV was the first one who spent long periods of time in Orvieto.
Pope Nicholas IV chose the city as seat for the Curia; for the first time in the history of the town the population decided to thank him with the title of Podesta’.
His successor, Pope Boniface VII, built Palazzo Soliano the third and final Palazzo Papale (Pope’s Palace).
At the end of the 13th century Pope Nicholas IV ordered the building of a Duomo. The church went through many renovations; the Façade was remodeled by Lorenzo Maitani and during the renaissance five bells were added.
Things to see
The Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (Palace of the Captain of the people) was built around the 13th century. Like for the Duomo di Orvieto many renovations had interested this palace during the centuries. The Palace was enlarged and its open-air top floor was covered. A bell tower was added in 1315.
The Fortezza dell’Albornoz is a massive fortress built by order of Pope Innocent VI. It was erected where once stood the Roman temple of Augurale. The building was constructed to provide the church a safe place in case of an enemy’s attack.
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 building of the spectacular Well of St. Patrick. The famous architect Antonio da Sangallo the Younger designed an incredible well. The double helix ramps 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.
Orvieto can offer even more surprise to the visitors. For many years the city underground labyrinth was a secret. Over the centuries most of the aristocratic families had built tunnels and secret passages in order to be able to escape the city in case of danger. Today it is possible to visit this incredible “underground city” with a guided tour. .
Piazza del Comune – Assisi
Taking a stroll around the stunning Piazza del Comune Assisi’s history unfolds itself through the historic buildings that adorn it. On the North side of the Piazza is located the Roman Temple of Minerva converted in the Middle Ages into a Christian church: San Donato. Now the church is called Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. (Santa Maria over Minerva)
Next to the Temple there is the beautiful Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, a 13th century building. The original of this building can be seen in the frescos of the life of St. Francis in the basilica. The Fresco shows the building without the tower. Restored in 1927 its original look was considerably modified including an ornate series of merlons added in 1932. The Palace was the first public building of the Piazza. The adjoining Torre del Popolo was built as a judiciary for the “Captain of People” in 1274. A bell was added in 1926 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of St. Francis’ death.
On the south side of Piazza del Comune there are two characteristics medieval buildings: Palazzo del Governatore, the tallest public building in Assisi, and Palazzo dei Priori. Both were used as residencies for the Governors and the Priors.
The Post-Office building is the most recent one. It was built in 1926 where once the church of San Nicolo’ stood.
The Piazza is also embellished by the Fontana dei Tre Leoni erected in 1762.