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Guided tour of Orvieto

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Guided tour of Orvieto

Wander amongst the countless, stunning monuments and relive the town’s most extraordinary history and traditions

If you are interested in the charming town of Orvieto, then set aside some time to discover its most charming and surprising places with the help of our guided tour.

You will begin the tour of Orvieto by visiting the remains of the Rocca di Albornoz (fortress), which stands on the highest part of the town and from where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Orvieto Valley. Moving to the centre of the town, you’ll see the pretty Pozzo di San Patrizio (well), which will enable you to go down to a depth of about 50 metres thanks to an unusual spiral-shaped staircase; its large illuminated windows and its circular shape seem to lead down into the circles of hell. Not far away, we will pass the remains of the ancient Tempio etrusco di Belvedere. We’ll also stop at the Duomo di Orvieto, a jewel of Gothic architecture that has a facade that’s covered in the most amazingly detailed decoration.

Inside, in the transept, we’ll see the Cappella di San Brizio with its decorations, executed by well-known artists such as Beato Angelico, Benozzo Gozzoli, Pietro di Nicola Baroni and Luca Signorelli, with his precious fresco of the ‘Giudizio Universale’ (Last Judgment). Continuing your walk through the town, we will get lost in the beautiful alleys, suggestive squares and characteristic places. You will be enchanted in front of stunning panoramic views. Continuing the visit, we will arrive in Piazza della Repubblica, where you can admire the Chiesa di Sant’Andrea e Bartolomeo and the Palazzo Comunale. The medieval public buildings, including the Palazzo del Popolo, are also incredibly beautiful.

If, instead, you want to spend the whole day getting to know the town, your itinerary will also include visits to other monuments, such as the Museo Archeologico Claudio Faina, which exhibits significant finds related to the Etruscan people or the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, which houses finds unearthed in more recent times. We will also explore the evocative Necropoli di Crocifisso del Tufo where you can see remains of Etruscan culture and art. We will conclude the tour with some sites in Orvieto sotteraneo (Underground Orvieto); you’ll find it fascinating to discover the innumerable tunnels and cavities that have been dug into the rock over the millennia and which make this town so unique and extraordinary.

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Plan

  1. 1
    Rocca dell'Albornoz
  2. 2
    Pozzo di San Patrizio
  3. 3
    Tempio del Belvedere
  4. 4
    Duomo e Cappella di San Brizio
  5. 5
    Chiesa di Sant'Andrea
  6. 6
    Palazzi Pubblici Medievali
  7. 7
    Medieval streets and alleys

Recommended clothing

We will be moving mostly on foot so we recommend comfortable clothing, sun glasses or a hat for the sun in warmer times of year, and a anorak or a warm hat in the colder seasons.

Included

Certified guide.

Not included

  • Entrance tickets to paid sites or museums are not included. Entry will never be obligatory and we will agree any visits involving entrance fees with you in advance.
  • Snacks or various accessories are not included (such as audio guides).

Time

The activity will last about 2.5 – 3 hours, depending on the pace of the group and the availability of the guide. If you want to extend the duration of your tour you can do so by contacting us in advance or on the day of your visit. We will do our very best to satisfy your every request.

If you choose the whole day:
the afternoon visit will begin immediately after lunch, between 2.30 pm and 3.00 pm, and will last as long as the morning tour.

Languages

  • Italian
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Russian

When

You can enjoy this experience throughout the year.

Children

This activity is also suitable for children.

Pet policy

You can enjoy this experience in the company of your four-legged friend.

Requirements

Get ready to learn and have fun.

Impaired mobility

The activity is also suitable for people with motor or other disabilities. In any case, we invite you to discuss your needs with our staff. If you find out that the experience is not suited to you (or others in your group) we will be happy to offer you an alternative activity or a full refund.

Additional information

  • This activity lasts half a day, so lunch is not provided. In your itinerary you can still select the lunch option, above your timeline. We will be able to recommend one of the best places to eat when you return.
  • We strongly advise you to bring a camera to take photos of the spectacle of nature that will appear before you.

Important

  • You can enjoy this experience in any kind of weather. Some points of interest, however, may be outdoors, so it might not be possible to visit them on bad weather days. The guide will evaluate the weather conditions 48 hours before your tour and, in the event that some monuments/attractions cannot be visited, we will notify you promptly. You can choosewhether to proceed with the tour, replace it with another activity or receive a full refund of the price paid.
  • This activity is subject to our operators’ availability. We have a large selection of collaborators capable of leading this activity, but if on the day you selected we do not have operators availabile, we will immediately, or in any case within 48 hours of booking, suggest an alternative activity you might wish to do or the choice of receiving a full refund of the price paid.
  • The times shown in the program are indicative and may vary according to your requests or those of the other participants in the group. These are always and in any case previously agreed with our staff or with the guide.
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Cancellation policy

If you cancel the reservation for this activity up to 24 hours before the event we will refund you 100% of the price.

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