Leaning on a rock of volcanic origin, the city of Orvieto is a gem that hides treasures of inestimable value. Best known for its splendid Duomo (started in the Thirteenth century), the city offers many other attractions, such as the Torre del Moro, the wells of St. Patrick and della Cava, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the fortress of Albornoz. Orvieto, however, is not just made of monuments. Much of its charm is due to its traditional urbanism, characterized by narrow alleys and complex innumerable historic buildings and churches. Among these, of great interest are: the church of St Juvenal, the church of San Domenico, the Church of St. Francis and the of St. Andrew church.
History is palpable even below the cliff, close to Orvieto. Etruscan tombs (locaded mainly in two cemeteries, one of Cannicella and the most famous of the Crocefisso del Tufo) are the witness of a past civilization firmly rooted in this territory. Another archaeological attraction outside the city is the ruins of the Etruscan temple, called the “Belvedere”.
In the Orvieto museums you can admire a large number of Etruscan pottery, jewelry, objects of daily use and several paintings. Major excavations still today continue at the bottom of the cliff, in the area of the fairground, where according to some eminent archaeologists would be hidden the famous underground Fanum Voltumnae (the center of the Etruscan religion, the true Mecca of the twelve main Etruscan cities).
Another great perspective of Orvieto is its underground life ; a maze of tunnels, caves and wells hand dug by the Etruscans – the local pre-Roman civilization – and are visitable at sites such as Orvieto Underground, Pozzo della Cava, Labirinto di Adriano and Saint Andrea Underground.