Orvieto Vacations

Located conveniently between Florence and Rome, Orvieto is understandably popular with international visitors who want a taste of small-town Italian life in Umbria. Near both the main A1 highway and on a major train route, the historic center of Orvieto is serenely perched atop a dramatic white cliff made of porous tufa stone. Want to see inside ... Read more
this cliff? Visit the Orvieto Underground, a tour of the medieval bunkers where besieged residents spent months of their lives at a time. The shiny gem of this famous hilltown is the Orvieto Cathedral, with its stunning golden facade.

Orvieto places to stay and top hotels

Orvieto things to do and experiences

  • Orvieto Cathedral
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    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Church
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  • Orvieto Underground
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    Sights and Museums, Historic Site
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  • Piazza del Duomo
    9.89 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Plaza
    Popular withHistoryFamilies
  • Pozzo di San Patrizio
    9.17 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site
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Umbria, known as the green heart of Italy, is perfect to visit in May, June, September and October. In July and August the temperature can reach 90F (30C) and the agriturismos are also the most crowded with a ... Read more
mix of Italians and mostly German tourists. Visit in the shoulder season, however, and enjoy the cured meats of Norcia, medieval hill towns, and scenic drives relatively undisturbed. November - April brings cold and rain, but can still be a good time to hole up in a vacation rental, light the fires and sample hearty Umbrian cooking.

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Top Orvieto restaurants

  • Antica Cantina
    10.01 review
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  • La base caffe
    10.01 review
    Breakfast & Brunch, Bar, Wine Bar
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  • Palace Caffè
    10.01 review
    Ice Cream and Desserts, Coffee and Tea, Deli & Sandwich, Bar
    Popular withStudents
  • Caffe Montanucci
    9.04 reviews
    Italian, Breakfast & Brunch
    Popular withFoodiesFamilies

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Orvieto reviews & trip reports

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  • 6.6
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Amsterdam, Netherlands

Orvieto is a medieval car free village. The duomo is nice to visit. There are several shops and nice restaurants. You can park at the start of the village and walk to the center of town. Near the parking is the tourist agency. Also near the parking is the pozzo (well) you can go down the stars and visit and the grounds next to it where you enjoy a great view over the hills.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

The city of Orvieto in Umbria is an extraordinary destination to add to your Italy train trip. It is scenic, laid back and historic. Its location, perched atop the volcanic tuff cliffs, is one of the most dramatic in Europe. Orvieto is a popular daytrip from Rome, only an hour away by regional train.

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Huntington Beach, California, USA

I've been all over Italy and this is by far my favorite city! Umbria sees to be a bit untapped, compared to Tuscany. Orvieto still has charm, beauty and while there are crowds, it isn't overrun with tourists. The city is full of quaint, small places to stay and there is plenty to see. A must would be the Orvieto Cathedral in the main town. It is truly one of the most stunning sights I have ever seen, anywhere!

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London, UK

Orvieto is a lovely little Umbrian hill town, which is right on the train from Rome and thus not, shall we say, undiscovered. However, the Duomo is one of the loveliest sights in this part of Italy. The white wine from the region, Orvieto Classico, is a must.

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Menlo Park, California, USA

Beautiful and pretty accessible Umbrian hill town. Great spot to get a taste of the smaller town Italian life.

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Anchorage, Alaska, USA

A beautiful and relatively untouristy hill town in close proximity to Rome, Orvieto sits atop a giant volcanic rock. Nice views of the Umbrian countryside look out in all directions. Gorgeous old cobbled streets wind their way around town. The Cathedral is a highlight. Also make time to visit "Underground Orvieto". Drink a glass of Orvieto Classico and stay the night if you can to enjoy the evening atmosphere.

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Cocoa, Florida

Orvieto is a wonderful, historic, city with much interesting architecture. During the Medieval times, specifically during the war between the Papacy and the Holy Roman Emperor, Orvieto was an important Papal city.

San Francisco, California, USA

A cute hill town with lots of great restaurants. 1.5-hour train ride from Roma Termini.

Oroklini, Cyprus

Orvieto is a town surrounded by walls, and a great Cathedral in the middle. Very scenic route going there, as well as beautiful views from the hills surrounding it.

San Diego, California

Loved Orvieto - great weekend getaway from Rome. This is an amazing city to explore wine in - see if you can find any wineries open to the public that are doing wine or olive oil tastings, taste as much as you can!! Also, eat as many meals as you can, lounge around in the parks by the city walls, and enjoy the stunning cathedral... I think it would be hard not to have a nice weekend here.. :)