Postcards from Orvieto, Italy

Postcards from Orvieto, Italy

The old town of Orvieto sits on a volcanic rock several hundred feet above a river valley. Looking down, you'll see why the surrounding Umbria region is called the Green Heart of Italy. Along the winding stone streets, you might pass by a century-old bakery or a small linen shop that smells of hand-pressed soaps. Like most Italian towns, Orvieto's crowning jewel is its cathedral, a Gothic edifice with stripes along the sides and a lively, colorful front facade. Keep scrolling for a photo tour of this little hilltop gem.

Wood shutters plus hanging plants in a cute little alleyway. This building knows how to sell Italian charm! 

Duomo di Orvieto (the cathedral) anchors a darling town square full of sidewalk cafes, pottery vendors, museums and small clock tower. For 360-degree city views, you can pay a fee to climb up Torre del Moro, a much taller clock tower a few blocks away.

Don't these little chalkboards look just like something you would find at HomeGoods or Hobby Lobby? Pinning this one under "authentic Italian decor"!

Duomo di Orvieto might be my favorite Italian cathedral and it's mostly due to the stripes all around (inside and out). Can you believe this building dates back to 1290? I guess that concept that trends recycle every couple of decades goes back a little further than I thought! There's even a pink-striped church in Assisi, another hilltop town in Umbria. 

We couldn't help but snap a picture of this sweet man on his way home from the grocery store and spend the rest of the afternoon daydreaming about retiring to a quiet little hamlet like this. 

Have you ever wanted to stay in an old abbey? This is La Badia di Orvieto, a hotel on the site of a 12th century abbey (that tower you see was built in 1103!). The modern day property has a restaurant, pool, tennis courts and gorgeous suites - some very elegant and modern and others with rustic stone walls and tile floors). 

The Orvieto residents kept photo bombing us in the most delightful ways. 

Because of its proximity to Rome (90 minutes by car or about an hour by train), Orvieto makes a great day-trip destination. If you have the opportunity, though, we recommend staying for a night or two to soak up the atmosphere. You'll want to book accommodations and hang out in the old hilltop part of town. A more modern section of the city is on ground level below, but it doesn't have quite the same historic charm. 

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