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Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto) Tours

Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto)
Orvieto’s magnificent cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto) can be seen from miles around, its soaring facade and spires towering high above the rooftops of the clifftop town. Once you get closer, you can take in its intricate external mosaics and stonework, rose window, bronze doors, and sumptuous Signorelli frescoes inside.
 
The Basics
Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto) is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Italy, begun in the early 1200s based on a design by Arnolfo di Cambio, who also designed Florence’s duomo. The original plan was Romanesque, but was transformed into the more fashionable Italian Gothic over the centuries; the facade designed by Sienese sculptor and architect Lorenzo Maitani is one of the great architectural masterpieces of its time, covered with splendid mosaics and bas-reliefs and crowned by Orcagna’s 14th-century rose window. Inside, the main nave has the same stark stripes of white travertine and gray basalt stone as the external walls, but the apse is richly frescoed, as are the Chapel of the Corporal and the Chapel of the Madonna of San Brizio, the latter decorated by Signorelli’s masterful Apocalypse and the Last Judgment fresco cycle.
 
Orvieto is just over an hour outside Rome, and a popular day trip along with nearby Cività di Bagnoregio and Assisi. Join a walking tour of Orvieto that includes an in-depth visit of the Cathedral, or zip around the medieval center on an electric bike. The entrance to Orvieto’s popular underground tour is just across the square from the duomo, so you can easily pair a visit to the town’s most famous above-ground attraction with a tour of its warren of underground tunnels and caves.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Modest attire is required to enter the church, so be sure to cover your shoulders and knees.
  • Walking tours of the duomo and city of Orvieto cover quite a bit of ground; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The cathedral is accessible via a secondary entrance to the left of the main staircase; the internal chapels are all accessible.
  • Flash photography isn’t allowed inside the church.
 
How to Get There
The Orvieto Duomo is on Piazza Duomo in Orvieto’s pedestrian-only historic center and can only be reached on foot. You can reach Orvieto from Rome by car or train in just over an hour.
 
When to Get There
Orvieto’s two main celebrations—Festa della Palombella on Pentecost and Corpus Domini—center around celebrations, processions, and ceremonial games in the square just outside the duomo and are a particularly festive time to visit.
 
The Corporal of Bolsena
Orvieto’s impressive cathedral was built to house the Corporal of Bolsena. A corporal is a small square of cloth that holds the communion host and wine chalice during Mass, and in 1263 a host is said to have miraculously dripped blood onto the corporal below in the nearby town of Bolsena. The stained cloth, known as the Corporal of Bolsena, is now displayed in the duomo’s Chapel of the Corporal, and has been attracting pilgrims for almost 800 years.
Address: Piazza Duomo, Orvieto, Umbria 05108, Italy
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23 Tours and Activities to Experience Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto)

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Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo) and Underground Caves Tour

Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo) and Underground Caves Tour

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Take your time to get amazed by the facade of Orvieto's Cathedral, one of the most beautiful churches in the world. Learn about the spectacular Signorelli's frescoes and get inspired as Michelangelo did five centuries ago. Explore the hand-made tunnels of an underground area of the city and see the memories of the ancient Etruscan civilization. Walk along the impressive medieval walls and stop at the viewpoints to admire great panoramas of the countryside.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$115.75
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$115.75

Private Tour of Orvieto including Duomo (Cathedral)

Private Tour of Orvieto including Duomo (Cathedral)

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Discover more than 2,500 years of Italian history on a private walking tour of Orvieto. Admire views over the beautiful Paglia Valley and explore the city's winding streets and magnificent architecture. No tour would be complete without a visit to the magnificent and famous Orvieto Cathedral, considered to be one of the most important in Europe and home to a fascinating collection of artifacts.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$208.66
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$208.66
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Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio including Underground Tour and Lunch

Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio including Underground Tour and Lunch

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Make the most of your time in Orvieto on a tour of top landmarks with a trip to the neighboring hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio, known for its panoramic views of the valley. In addition to covering all necessary entrance fees, your guide provides a wealth of little-known facts and stories at each stop on the itinerary, from medieval underground tunnels to lunch with views of the Orvieto Cathedral.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$345.53
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Orvieto&Bagnoregio Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia's Port

Orvieto&Bagnoregio Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia's Port

Discover the beautiful landscapes of the Umbria region as you make your way to the medieval towns of Orvieto and Bagnoregio. Stroll along the ancient streets of each city that have changed so little over the centuries. See old medieval castles, the Orvieto underground city, and shop for local, gourmet products such as honey, cheese, olive oil, and cured meats.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$364.04
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$364.04
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E-bike tour in Orvieto in small group: history, culture with lunch or dinner

E-bike tour in Orvieto in small group: history, culture with lunch or dinner

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Exciting and unique experience, history, culture, art and food and wine in unique and unforgettable places. The tour is unique because with the comfortable e-bikes we cross the centuries during which Orvieto has become the jewel we know: the Rocca di Albornoz, the visit to the Underground, the Piazza del Duomo with a stop at Cantina Foresi, the visit at the Piazza del Popolo with the beautiful Palazzo del Popolo, the alleys with the artisans 'shops that have handed down an ancient art for generations, the Piazza della Repubblica called Sant' Andrea with the church of the same name, the oldest in Orvieto, where the four different civilizations that are superimposed are clearly visible, the pause on the terrace that looks to the southwest on an extraordinary panorama, the medieval quarter and finally the ring of the ring at the base of the Rupe. With e-bikes it is beautiful, ecological and fun, suitable for everyone, a form of "slow tourism" to live an experience to remember and tell.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$98.72
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$98.72
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Orvieto: Half-Day Truffle Hunting Experience

Orvieto: Half-Day Truffle Hunting Experience

Leave Orvieto behind for a day, and head into the beautiful Umbrian countryside, on this intimate tour. Begin the day with a traditional breakfast, and meet your guide: an expert truffle-hunter. Following your meal, venture into the nearby forest with your guide and a trained dog, and learn the art of truffle-hunting first-hand. Enjoy snacks as you explore, and see if you have any luck in unearthing the prized fungi.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$159.19
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$159.19
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Orvieto by Evening: Small Group e-Bike tour with Dinner

Orvieto by Evening: Small Group e-Bike tour with Dinner

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It is an unic and extraordinary way to see Orvieto in evening time, riding our e-bikes when lights and the evening breeze give the City an unforgotteble atmosphere. Ending our experience seat in front of Cathedral tasting fantastic genuine local products will be an exclusive "souvenir" .
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$80.21
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$80.21

Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo) and City Walking Tour - Private Tour

Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo) and City Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Orvieto is located on a volcanic rock 300 feet above the gorgeous Paglia Valley. The city is known for having one of Europe's most architecturally important Cathedrals, the 14th-century Orvieto Cathedral. Enjoy a private walking tour through the twists and turns of the city.
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  • 2 hours
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$104.34
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$104.34
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Orvieto and Assisi full day tour from Orvieto

Orvieto and Assisi full day tour from Orvieto

This tour indeed will show you two of the most charming hilltowns of central Italy. You will also enjoy 14th Century frescoes and Reanaissance paintings. It will be like to back to the past!
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$456.46
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$456.46
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Best Of Civitavecchia Shore Tour: Orvieto & Civita Di Bagnoregio Tour

Best Of Civitavecchia Shore Tour: Orvieto & Civita Di Bagnoregio Tour

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A DIP INTO THE MEDIEVAL LIFE, BOTH ORVIETO AND CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO ARE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE PATRIMONY. WE DEDICATE THE ENTIRE DAY TO EXPLORE THESE TWO STUNNING MEDIEVAL TOWNS. OUR DRIVERS TAKE YOU DIRECTLY TO THE SPOTS AS OUR VEHICLES HAVE NO RSTRICTIONS IN DRIVING IN ANY RESTRICETD ROAD
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$172.77
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$172.77

Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio

Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio

A journey through one of the most typical landscapes of the Italian countryside to reach an ancient "dying" village. A majestic medieval cathedral and the charm of underground sites rich in history.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$717.29
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$717.29
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Day Trip: Orvieto And Civita Di Bagnoregio Private Tour + Wine Tour With Lunch

Day Trip: Orvieto And Civita Di Bagnoregio Private Tour + Wine Tour With Lunch

- Orvieto is an ancient city of Etruscan origin that dominates the valley of the river Paglia from the top of the tuff cliff on which it stands. A beautiful place to visit with a unique history dating back to million years ago. We take a stroll around Orvieto old town, and visit the majestic Cattedrale of Santa Maria Assunta, best known as the “Duomo”, a magnificent masterpiece of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, one of the most important in Europe. Another symbol of the city itself, steps from a breathtaking belvedere, is St. Patrick’s Well, a spectacular engineering work of the 16th century which you can even climb! - Then we explore Orvieto wine country, learn about its culture, view stunning scenery and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local winery. - After lunch we enjoy an incomparable view at the sight of Civita di Bagnoregio, known as “the dying city”, an enchanting village dating back to 2500 years ago, birthplace of St. Bonaventure.
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  • 1 day
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$519.63
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$519.63

Orvieto and Civita di Bagno Regio from the port of Civitavecchia

Orvieto and Civita di Bagno Regio from the port of Civitavecchia

An unusual stage in the magical region of Lazio, whose capital is Rome. You would be amazed by so much beauty, by the countryside with its majestic landscapes, by the artistic beauties of the places. In the city center of these places, you can find some excellent trattorias and taverns where you can taste the typical Umbrian-Lazio products and let yourself be captivated by these incredible villages. Cat lovers will be pleased to discover that in this beautiful place lives a lively feline colony, probably more numerous than the inhabitants themselves.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$521.67
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$521.67
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Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruiser

Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio with Driver Private Shore Excursion for Cruiser

Just a short journey north of Civitavecchia lies the enchanting little hill town of Orvieto. Close by is the postcard-perfect village of Civita di Bagnoregio. Together, our Orvieto & Civita di Bagnoregio shore excursion is a delightful excursion into the beautiful and relaxing countryside of Lazio and Umbria away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. We will begin by taking a scenic two-hour drive to Orvieto, a town perched high atop a hill. Orvieto is impressively situated above a volcanic plug, which is a volcanic landform created when magma hardens within a vent on an active volcano. You will have time to explore it and enjoy lunch before heading to Civita di Bagnoregio, a small ancient village that clings to the precipice of the steep hill it sits on, a small island in an uninhabitable landscape that makes up the surrounding valleys and provides an incredible picturesque view. This is as Tour By Car with only an English Speaking Driver Your driver is NOT a licensed tour guide.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$815.10
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$815.10
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Private 10-Hour Tour of Orvieto & Assisi from Rome with Hotel Pick up

Private 10-Hour Tour of Orvieto & Assisi from Rome with Hotel Pick up

Enjoy as much as possible your time in Italy and visit one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, Umbria. Your private english speaking driver* will drive you and your party through perched towns and across the beautiful italian countryside (visiting the most beautiful of them, Orvieto). After crossing the Tiber river, you will get to Orvieto. After visiting Orvieto, your private driver will continue driving through vineyards and ancient villas until you arrive to the city of Assisi. Very well known after Saint Francis, the city has a lot of attractions. You will get to know the history and secrets of Assisi with a private tour guide during 2 hours, where you will visit the Basilica of Saint Francis (entrance included) and Saint Claire, from where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Umbrian countryside, as well as the old city center of Assisi. Driver is not a official tour guide and cannot leave the vehicle unattended. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$874.94
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$874.94
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Best Orvieto tour. Cathedral, Underground and City Tour

Best Orvieto tour. Cathedral, Underground and City Tour

This is the best tour of Orvieto! Take your time to get amazed by the facade of Orvieto's Cathedral, one of the most beautiful churches in the world. Explore the hand-made tunnels of an underground area of the city and see the memories of the ancient Etruscan civilization. Walk along the impressive medieval walls and stop at the viewpoints to admire great panoramas of the countryside.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.88
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$170.88
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Orvieto the Etruscan City Private Tour from Rome

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Orvieto the Etruscan City Private Tour from Rome

Want to visit Italy, but looking to see more than just the tourist cities? Orvieto is your answer and is perfect for a day trip from Rome. The historic, and beautiful section of the city is located at the top of a steep hill. The hill-top town has beautiful views and an aura of history. The well-preserved Gothic and medieval buildings will make you feel like you're frozen in time. You can easily walk out of beautiful architecture, historic buildings, or interesting spots to people-watch. The city is surrounded by the surrounding countryside.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$315.91
$394.89
$78.98 savings
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$394.89
$78.98 savings
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Orvieto Classic Walking Tour

Orvieto Classic Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour through the city's characteristic medieval streets. Our guide will take you inside the famous Duomo and in the streets that have made this town in the heart of Italy famous. Orvieto is located on a volcanic rock 100 meters above the beautiful valley of the Paglia river. The city is known for its magnificent 14th-century cathedral century, one of the most important in Europe architecturally.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.74
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$135.74
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Orvieto and Makes Biscuits in a Etruscan Cave Fullday from Florence

Orvieto and Makes Biscuits in a Etruscan Cave Fullday from Florence

BISCOTTI MAKING IN A CAVE You will tour Orvieto, its 7 kms underground tunnels, majestic golden lily cathedral AND make biscotti in one of the caves! In this fullday with Professional English-speaking Driver you’ll be able to visit: • The medieval town of Orvieto • Orvieto underground (Skip-The-Line tickets included) • Orvieto underground "Biscotti Making in a Cave" (admission price included) Local licensed Tour Guide in Private option included. Lunch time in a typical local Restaurant in the countryside (own expense). Pickup and dropoff will be at your accommodation in Florence. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$320.85
Price varies by group size
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$320.85
Price varies by group size
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Orvieto and Makes Biscuits in a Etruscan Cave Fullday from Rome

Orvieto and Makes Biscuits in a Etruscan Cave Fullday from Rome

BISCOTTI MAKING IN A CAVE You will tour Orvieto, its 7 kms underground tunnels, majestic golden lily cathedral AND make biscotti in one of the caves! In this fullday with Professional English-speaking Driver you’ll be able to visit: • The medieval town of Orvieto • Orvieto underground (Skip-The-Line tickets included) • Orvieto underground "Biscotti Making in a Cave" (admission price included) Local licensed Tour Guide in Private option included. Lunch time in a typical local Restaurant in the countryside (own expense). Pickup and dropoff will be at your accommodation in Rome. Private or Shared Tour available options. Worry-Free and Safe Private Tour Experience, operated only with: • Expert Professional English-Speaking Drivers • Selected local Expert Licensed Tour Guides (when booked) • Welcoming by private licensed fully-insured air-conditioned comfortable Vehicles
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$320.85
Price varies by group size
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$320.85
Price varies by group size
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Orvieto, the Cathedral with golden mosaics and the medieval city – Private Tour

Orvieto, the Cathedral with golden mosaics and the medieval city – Private Tour

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Discover the art and legends of Orvieto, a masterpiece of the Middle Ages and the Reinassance in Umbria, in Central Italy! Visit the majestic Orvieto Cathedral, dating back to the14th-century, famous for its splendid façade decorated by fascinating statues in Gothic style and gilded mosaics. Inside you can admire marvellous frescoes and the Reliquary of the Santo Corporale, a Gothic masterwork containing the stained corporal of the miracle of Bolsena. The Cathedral's masterpiece is however the “Sistine Chapel of Orvieto”, a breathtaking series of frescoes concerning the Apocalypse and the Last Judgment, painted by Luca Signorelli and other famous artists of the Italian Renaissance. Top it off with a nice stroll through the city center and discover the most beautiful medieval palaces in Orvieto, including the majestic Torre del Moro, a tower almost 50 meters high!
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.81
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$72.81
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Orvieto, Cathedral & Wine – Artistic and Enogastronomic Tour

Orvieto, Cathedral & Wine – Artistic and Enogastronomic Tour

Discover the art, food and wine of Orvieto, a masterpiece of the Middle Ages and the Reinassance in Umbria, in Central Italy! Visit the majestic Orvieto Cathedral, dating back to the14th-century, famous for its splendid façade decorated by fascinating statues in Gothic style and gilded mosaics. Inside you can admire Gothic masterworks and the “Sistine Chapel of Orvieto”, a breathtaking series of frescoes concerning the Apocalypse and the Last Judgment, painted by Luca Signorelli and other famous artists of the Italian Renaissance. Top it off with a nice stroll through the medieval city center to the Oleoteca, a fascinating setting to enjoy a wonderful Tasting Menu of typical Italian and Umbrian products: bruschetta with Extra Virgin Olive Oil of own production, cheese and salami platter, accompanied by the exceptional wine of Orvieto!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$103.66
Price varies by group size
From
$103.66
Price varies by group size
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Kids Fun Day from Rome to Orvieto by Train

Kids Fun Day from Rome to Orvieto by Train

A fun day out of Rome for kids and adults. safe and quick local train to Orvieto. Funicular to Old city. Local kids friendly guide to attractions: walk 40 meters down the ancient well, visit he city underground, climb the ancient tower, visit the Cathedral with scary frescoes, walk among Etruscan tombs over 2500 years old ! Good wine tasting for adults !
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$345.53
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$345.53
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