Medieval Orvieto

Orvieto is a stunning medieval town one hour by train out of Rome!
From the train station you take a wonderful short trip in the funicular up to the peaceful town. 
It is an absolutely beautiful, historical and peaceful place, and is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Rome.

Here is the perfect day plan!

Train to Orvieto at about 9.30 in the morning (the train is usually delayed a little while as it is Italy... and things are rarely on time here)
Take the Funicular up to the town from the train station and get lost walking around in the beautiful alleyways which all lead to either gob-smackingly beautiful views of the surrounding countryside or back in to the town's majestic cathedral and town centre. 

I usually have lunch at the oddly named cafe "Internet Cafe", which has a really great vibe and has amazingly good cakes and lunches.

Take a tour of the unbelievable caves which exist under all of the houses and where medieval societies produced everything under their houses from cheeses to cellaring wine. This photo shows hundreds of  holes in the walls of the caves where the medieval society kept their pigeons. The pigeons would fly away during the day and always come back to their holes at night. Pigeon is the specialty dish in Orvieto and well worth a try.
 After your tour, relax with a glass of wine and some antipasto and then head home or if you are staying a night (good decision) there are an abundance of good restaurants to pick from, and the town has a really great calm vibe at night.

 Here is a beautiful cathedral view from my hotel room at my favourite family owned hotel in Orvieto. 

 Orvieto is a magical place and definitely worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Rome!


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