The city of Orvieto is nestled on a tuff cliff and exists as a symbol of an extraordinary integration of nature by the work of man. The relationship between architecture and nature has long been known by man and is encrypted on the famous well of San Patrizio which reads “quod natura munimento inviderat industria adiecit” which means ‘what nature denied for defense was added by the work of man’ which in this case is water.
A travel to Orvieto Italy means journeying through history with its traces of every period of its almost three thousand years existence showing up everywhere in this pre-constituted material entity. Two statues of Boniface VIII are set in the city gates at the opposite ends of the town, suggesting a perfect journey for the tourist of today. The pope once entered the town through the Porta Soliana later known as Porta Rocca, and he left the town through the Porta Maggiore.
These two statues should not be missed on your travel to Orvieto Italy as they serve as symbols of the attention the city truly merits and the traditional hospitality of its people. These days, reaching the top of the cliff on a mule no longer has to be, for the modern system of ‘alternate mobility’ provides entrée to the town which is both easy to use and interesting with the funicular at one end, and a lift at the other. The funicular run by water in the nineteenth century is now completely modernized and to which escalators are to be added, are signs that the old historical centre built on human scale, has been returned to society and tourists.
Travel to Orvieto Italy takes you to the seat of Fanum Voltumnae, a most important shrine of the Etruscan Federation from the sixth to the middle of the third century B.C. where various elements are still existing telling something about an ancient city structure whose name might have been Velzna. Other structures that can be found of showing ancient history of this city are the Temple of Belvedere and the Tuscan Temple.
Another place you should not miss on your travel to Orvieto Italy, is Doomsday or the End of the World which Signorelli frescoed in the Chapel of San Brizio in its Cathedral between 1499 and 1503 that marked the end of the middle ages. The classic portico and elegant buildings from various periods are to be discovered by a stroll along the narrow streets which still reflect their original medieval design which only goes to show that the city has despite continuous modification has lost none of the old charms. Make sure you include this beautiful and amazing city on your next travel to Italy.