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A SAGA WRITTEN IN THE TUFF

ORVIETO

Orvieto, the town of Corpus Christi, where every year the Eucharistic miracle of Bolsena is celebrated with a spectacular historical parade  of more than 500 figures in precious medieval costumes.

77,1 km

FROM ASSISI


148,5 km

FROM ROMA FIUMICINO


514,5 km

FROM MILANO MALPENSA

THE CITY

From heights to depths

Similar to a mysterious island, it carved its 3000 year old history into tuff stone. The Etruscan town binds its name to the spectacular Duomo, the most grandiose evidence of medieval artistic creativity. Following the example of Michelangelo, we are going to be captured by Luca Signorelli’s outstanding frescoes.


In Orvieto you could go up and down its tufa cliff: down the steps of St. Patrick’s Well to a depth of more than 150 feet, experiencing the Purgatory legend or up the Torre del Moro, a perfectly oriented medieval tower which served as a compass to travelers of all ages. Orvieto is world famous for its wine, one of the oldest in Italy and especially appreciated during the Renaissance, when it was served on the tables of popes and princes.

What to see in a half day

St. Patrick’s Well

masterpiece of 16th century hydraulic engineering.

Palazzo del Popolo and Palazzo dei Sette

the seats of political power.

Albornoz Fortress

the Papal Fortress commissioned by the powerful Bishop Albornoz.

Torre del Moro

the lighthouse of the town.

Duomo

admirable expression of the Italian artistic genius.  The Chapel of St. Brizio boasts breathtaking frescoes painted by Beato Angelico and Luca Signorelli.

Church of St. Andrea

where several important popes were elected.

Serancia medieval district

with amazing views.

Other things to see with more time at disposal

Orvieto Underground

the underground city from the Etruscan period is one of the most mysterious and fascinating places with its intricate maze of tunnels dug into the tuff. We will enter the time machine to retrace  its ultra millennial history.

Medieval quarter of San Giovenale

with a visit of its Romanesque church.

Tour of the various local craft stores: ceramics and much more.

Gourmet Corner

Tasting of the renowned local wines in a wine shop or in a local winery.

Lunch in a restaurant, a one-of-a kind locale, having direct access to the underground town.

In the local seat of the Slow Food Association we could enjoy a wine tour.

FROM THE BLOG

Special Tours

ON THE PATH OF BACCHUS. WINE TASTING AND VISIT TO THE MOST IMPORTANT WINERIES OF UMBRIA.

In our beautiful region we produce two red DOCG (this is the highest quality level) wines and nine DOC  wines, most of which are white. If you are curious to know the story behind each of them, we can visit the most prestigious wineries, where you will taste the precious nectar paired with tasty local delicacies – unforgettable wine and food experience.

OSCARWORTHY OIL MILLS. FROM THE “SEA” OF UMBRIA , AN EXCELLENT EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL.

Emerald green hued, intense and fruity, Umbrian olive oil with its pleasant bitter and slightly spicy taste is considered among the best Extra Virgin olive oils not only in Italy, but also  in the world. Let’s join this tour to learn the secrets about the production of our “green gold” and its infinite health benefits. Don’t miss this worthwhile experience to taste a top quality extra virgin olive oil directly in the mill where it is produced.

TOUR WITH A PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHER.

If you would like to be immortalized in the places you visit and make your memories unforgettable, you can live a unique experience with an expert photographer at your entire disposal. You can take home digital photos or have an actual album delivered to your home.

ON THE TRACES OF THE ETRUSCANS IN ORVIETO.

The Etruscan Velzna was the main religious site of the Etruscan dodecapolis. Its Fanum Voltumnae, the sanctuary dedicated to god Vertumno, similar to the Roman Jupiter, was the place where the leaders of the twelve lucumonie or city-states met to celebrate sacrifices and make political decisions. Visiting its necropolis is an experience you cannot miss, as well as its museums rich in archeological finds unearthed during the various excavations of the territory. Our visit includes: Claudio Faina Archaeological Museum, one of the largest archaeological collections in Italy; the National Archaeological Museum with the extraordinary original frescoes coming from the Golini tombs; the  “Crocefisso del Tufo” Necropolis, considered the “archive” of Velzna; the Belvedere Temple , whose foundation is still visible on the cliff of Orvieto.

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WHO I AM

Ciao! If you are on my website, I guess you are planning your journey to my sensational region: Umbria! Well, you are on the right website. Let me introduce myself. I am Isabella Bellucci, a certified local tour guide in Umbria since 2001. My passion for languages made me study and travel in many countries around the world and graduate in Linguistic Mediation. After having taken care of the commercial relations with foreign countries for some prestigious companies, I decided to unite this first passion of mine with the one for art, becoming a local tour guide. I’m an official member of the Regional and National Association of certified local guides in Italy (AGTU and ANGT). I’m licensed to give my tours in English, French, German and Spanish. Thanks to my job, I have the opportunity to show the wonders of central Italy to travelers from all over the world. When I see the happiness reflected in the eyes of clients after my guided tour, I feel a great satisfaction, because this is the very essence of my work. Let me guide you through a unique experience in Umbria.

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