Orvieto – a hidden gem


After seven weeks in Italy you might suppose we’ve seen enough hill-top towns, piazzas or duomos. But then we arrive at Orvieto with perhaps the best location of them all and the duomo with perhaps the best facade we have seen so far. And for us it was brilliantly lit by the early Sunday sunshine.

The construction of the cathedral lasted almost three centuries with the design and style evolving from Romanesque to Gothic as building progressed.

And the inside is impressive in scale and art too. We had the Cappella del Corporale all to ourselves. It was built between 1350 and 1356 to house the stained corporal of the miracle of Bolsena.


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