Friday, April 2, 2010

Around Orvieto

Yesterday we visited the Duomo in Orvieto, famous for its Renaissance era frescos and ornate carvings on the front. Due to an agreement signed during WWII, none of the historic area of Orvieto was bombed, lucky for us! The chapel below the organ, pictured left, contained the tomb of a man, Saint ????, who helped the Pope rid Orvieto of pagans- his mummified skull visible through a glass case below an altar (too dark to get a pic).

Next stop was the nearby Torre del Morro. This tower is home to a clock and chime that preside over the city on the hour. It's about ten flights of stairs to the top, but the view is worth every step!


  1. You can almost see the ghosts of Roman legionnaires in formation, as they decimated another pagan tribe, then assimilated them into their Republican collective. And between the flow of blood and the volcanic ash, no wonder the food and wine in Italia is so vibrantly tasteful.
    (Daniel is the alter-ego of Chef DP. Larousse)

  2. Amazing, the churches in Europe, even if they are a dime-a-dozen. I often think of American "classic Coca-cola" when I see the works of antiquity in Europe - which is kind of a joke in the shadow of 600-to-1200-year-old churches built with the labor of several generations of local artisans, funded by wars and taxes on the masses.
    (Chef DPL)

  3. I loved Orvieto. I spent a summer in Capanole in 1988 and have always wanted to go back. I am jealous!!