May  2024

May  2024

Orvieto and its surroundings

A unique and rare city suspended between two worlds: that of the earth and of the tufa, on which it rises, and that of the sky, towards which its forms seem to tend.
On this page, we'll tell you about all the attractions, places of interest and itineraries to keep in mind during your stay.

What to see in Orviet

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The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Italian Gothic architecture. It took three centuries to create, from the 12th to the 16th century, and the commitment of at least twenty artists. The sumptuousness of its façade is reflected in the splendour of the interiors: the chapels of the Corporale and San Brizio preserve several masterpieces of Italian Renaissance paintings.
The Museo dell'Opera del Duomo offers a journey into religious art from the 13th to the 17th century.

200 metres from Hotel Posta

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Piazza del Popolo

If you want to see the Piazza in all its colourful glory, don’t miss it on Thursday and Saturday morning; the biweekly market days. In front of your eyes, a demonstration of the most real and popular city will take off. The square, together with that of the Duomo, is the heart of Orvieto: in this space, seven different roads converge.
Every year, the square hosts the parade of the historical procession of the Corpus Domini festival, the concerts of the Umbria Folk Festival, just after August, and the Palio dell’oca, the Sunday after Pentecost

at the front of Hotel Reale
200 metres from Hotel Posta

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Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo

The Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo has extended its shadow over the square since the thirteenth century. It is the ancient seat of the city government: today it hosts exhibitions, events and congresses. On its terrace, you can gaze over the historic centre of Orvieto.

in front of Hotel Reale
200 metres from Hotel Posta

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Torre del Moro

On the Palazzo della Mercanzia, or dei Sette, a stone's throw from Piazza del Popolo, stands the Torre del Moro. The two bells have marked the hours of Orvieto since time immemorial. For a breath-taking view of the city, climb the narrow steps until you reach the top of the tower.

80 metres from Hotel Reale
130 metres from Hotel Posta

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Mancinelli Theatre

The elegant façade of the theatre overlooks Corso Cavour, in the historic centre. The style is neoclassical - its construction dates back to the late 19th century. Outside, two orders of arcades with seven arches. Inside, a foyer decorated with rosettes, Corinthian capitals and balustrades, four tiers of boxes and the Four Seasons to decorate the ceiling.
Guided tours are available all year round.

200 metres from Hotel Reale
290 metres from Hotel Posta

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Orvieto Underground

Orvieto Underground is a guided tour in the belly of ancient Orvieto. Below today's urban fabric, you can explore a maze of caves, tunnels, staircases and mysterious passages, excavated in more than 2,500 years of history in the silent darkness of the tufa cliff on which the city stands. A unique experience to discover the hidden face of Orvieto.

270 metres from Hotel Posta
350 metres from Hotel Reale

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Enoteca Regionale dell’Umbria

In the ancient cellars of the Convent of San Giovanni, today known as Palazzo del Gusto, here is an opportunity to discover and taste the finest wines of the region. The path winds through the hypogea rooms, intertwined with the labyrinth of Etruscan tunnels dug into the tufa rock.
The guided tour, with tasting, takes you on a trip to Orvieto in a food and wine focus.

400 metres from Hotel Posta
450 metres from Hotel Reale

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Temple of the Belvedere

It is an ancient Etruscan temple, dating back to the 5th century BC. You can find it in the eastern part of the city, near the Pozzo di San Patrizio, in the Piazza Cahen area. Discovered by chance in the 19th century, the only remaining parts of the building are the base, the entrance staircase and some perimeter blocks. Some archaeological finds are kept in the Civic Museum of Palazzo Faina, in Piazza del Duomo.

1 km from Hotel Posta and Hotel Reale

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Pozzo di San Patrizio – St Patrick’s Well

The tourist guides point it out as the second marvel of Orvieto, after the Duomo. The well descends 54 meters into the tufa - it was excavated in the sixteenth century to supply the city with water. The 248 steps of the double series of spiral stairs, made by Giuliano da Sangallo, will take you to the bottom of the cavity. If you throw a coin in the water, legend has it that you will return to Orvieto.

1 km from Hotel Posta and Hotel Reale

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Rocca Albornoz

Founded in the mid-14th century, this fortress is an impressive building wanted by Cardinal Egidio Albornoz to defend Orvieto. Near its walls, you can let your gaze wander over the panorama of the eastern hills. The Rocca's gardens are favourites for those seeking relaxation and recreation in the open air.
If you want to walk, we recommend the route that, from the nearby Porta Soliana, takes you down to the valley along the path of the Piagge - you can go back to the city with the funicular.

1 km from Hotel Posta and Hotel Reale

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Anello della Rupe

This itinerary winds for 5 km around the tufa cliff on which stands Orvieto, in the Parco Archeologico Ambientale Orvietano. From Piazza Cahen, near the Rocca Albornoz, enjoy the many views that follow one another around the city, suspended a few meters higher.
The route takes about two hours of walking, with comfortable shoes and clothing.

1 km from Hotel Posta and Hotel Reale (starting from Piazza Cahen)

What to see outside of Orvieto

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Lake Corbara

It’s an artificial water mirror less than half an hour's drive from Orvieto. To enjoy its beauty, follow the panoramic road towards Todi. Lake Corbara is an excellent idea for a short escape from the city, to practice sports - a choice between canyoning, sport fishing, caving, canoeing and rowing - or for a food and wine tour among some of the most important wineries in Umbria, gathered in the Consortium for the protection of Lake Corbara DOC.

18 km from Orvieto

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Civita di Bagnoregio

Like Orvieto, it’s set on a tufa rock, in a silent valley marked by ravines and clay hills. Civita is also known as the city that dies, because it is condemned to a slow ruin. The only access to the village is the Porta di Santa Maria, to be reached on foot after passing a bridge suspended in the air. Tourists from all over the world visit Civita to get lost in its narrow streets and breathe the atmosphere of an authentic medieval village.

20 km from Orvieto

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In Todi you can breathe the slow philosophy: it is famous, not by chance, for being one of the most liveable cities in the world. Its centrepiece is the medieval Piazza del Popolo, crowned by some of the most important historical buildings: the Annunziata Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Palazzo del Popolo and the Palazzo del Capitano.
The highest point of Todi is the site where the Rocca stood, a 14th-century building of which today only a circular tower remains and little else - next door, you can enjoy the greenery of a large public park

38 km from Orvieto

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Città della Pieve

It's a medieval town suspended on a hill between the Valdichiana and Lake Trasimeno. Among its churches and palaces, a path dedicated to Renaissance art is unravelled - Città della Pieve was the birthplace of Perugino, Raphael's master. In the historical centre, you should dedicate a visit to the Fortress, the Church of Santa Maria dei Bianchi, the Cathedral of Saints Gervasio and Protasio, the Civic Museum, and the Bandini and Corgna buildings.

45 km from Orvieto

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The City of the Popes is a stop on the Via Francigena, the ancient pilgrim route to Rome. Beyond its medieval walls, there is a treasure trove of discoveries. The best known is the Palazzo dei Papi, not far from Piazza del Duomo - it was here that the first and longest Conclave of History was held. In the district of San Pellegrino, you can walk in medieval Viterbo: its heart is Piazza San Pellegrino, with Palazzo Alessandri, the Torre Scacciaricci and the church of San Pellegrino.
A relaxing break? Just outside Viterbo, find the Terme dei Papi: in addition to the classic treatments, you will find a spa with many options for your well-being and health.

45 km from Orvieto

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Parco dei Mostri di Bomarzo

This is a park that is different from many others: it is populated by monsters, dragons, elephants and lions carved in the pebbles. It was built in the mid-16th century by architect Pirro Ligorio, commissioned by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini - he dedicated it to his wife, Giulia. Suspended between fairytale and grotesque, the park offers an original experience for a different afternoon.

35 km from Orvieto

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Terme di Chianciano

Between Val d'Orcia and Valdichiana, you can stop at the Terme Sensoriali of Chianciano, the Eden of wellness with purifying, energizing, rebalancing and relaxing paths to rediscover the lost energy and well-being. All around, a sea of green and the wonders of Tuscany.

55 km from Orvieto

Hotel Posta | Palazzo Guidoni **
Via L. Signorelli, 18 - 05018 Orvieto (Terni)
Telefono e Fax: +39 0763.341909
Email: hotelposta@orvietohotels.it

Hotel Reale | Palazzo Bracci ***
P.zza del Popolo, 27 - 05018 Orvieto (Terni)
Telefono e Fax: +39 0763.341247
Email: hotelreale@orvietohotels.it