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How to Spend 1 Day in Orvieto

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How to Spend 1 Day in Orvieto
Orvieto is a popular day trip from Rome, as well as a convenient stop when traveling between Italy’s capital city and Florence. With its magnificent cathedral (Duomo), historic underground tunnels, and surrounding wine country, this Umbrian hill town has plenty to keep you occupied. Here’s how to get the most out of one day in Orvieto.

Morning: Historic Highlights
Get your bearings with a morning walking tour of Orvieto’s historic center. Take in its glorious Gothic cathedral, which soars high above the city rooftops and is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. Head below the city streets to explore its network of hidden tunnels and caverns, dug over the millennia by everyone from the Etruscans to 20th-century Orvietani and now open as Orvieto Underground. Finally, descend into Pozzo di San Patrizio and Pozzo della Cava, two medieval wells dug to provide water in times of siege, and take a few minutes to admire the sweeping views from their clifftop perch over the surrounding rolling countryside.
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Afternoon: Food and Wine
Once you’ve explored the cultural highlights, turn your attention to the local cuisine. Orvieto has been known for its white and red wines for centuries, produced in the vineyards lining nearby Lake Corbara. Join a wine tour to sample the best vintages paired with artisan cheeses and other local specialties. Passionate cooks can instead opt to join a cooking class to learn how to prepare classic dishes from Orvieto and the surrounding hills. Another fun foodie option is a truffle hunt through the wooded hills with a local forager and his dogs. Alternatively, take the afternoon to visit the tiny clifftop hamlet of Cività di Bagnoregio, linked to the outside world only by a footbridge.

Night: An Underground Aperitivo
End your day in Orvieto by combining two of the city’s most unique features: its local wines and famous underground warren of tunnels. Relax with an aperitivo in one of the historic caverns dug into the soft volcanic stone of Orvieto’s towering cliff, including wine and a buffet of savory finger foods and traditional sweet biscotti. Afterwards, stroll through town for one final glimpse of the Duomo’s dramatic facade, theatrically illuminated at night.
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Orvieto&Civita di Bagnoregio private day-trip from Rome

Orvieto&Civita di Bagnoregio private day-trip from Rome

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Enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private day tour of the Umbria region with multiple stops in Orvieto and Bagnoregio. Traveling with your dedicated guide and included round-trip transportation, you'll have no need for a rental car or worrying about directions. Learn about the ancient Etruscan history of Orvieto and the Middle Ages-era Bagnoregio. Complete your tour with an antipasto and wine tasting featuring regional delicacies.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$371.06
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$371.06
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Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo) and Underground Caves Tour

Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo) and Underground Caves Tour

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Take your time to get amazed by the facade of Orvieto's Cathedral, one of the most beautiful churches in the world. Learn about the spectacular Signorelli's frescoes and get inspired as Michelangelo did five centuries ago. Explore the hand-made tunnels of an underground area of the city and see the memories of the ancient Etruscan civilization. Walk along the impressive medieval walls and stop at the viewpoints to admire great panoramas of the countryside.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.26
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Aperitif in the famous undergound caves of Orvieto

Aperitif in the famous undergound caves of Orvieto

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Two of Orvieto’s most delightful features are its warren of tunnels and caves beneath the historic center and its excellent red and white wines. Combine these two with this unique experience, beginning with a guided visit of the underground network of ancient passages and caverns, followed by a traditional “aperitivo” including savory and sweet finger foods and local red and white wines served directly in the cave.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.57
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Pozzo della Cava Admission Ticket

Pozzo della Cava Admission Ticket

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Visit the Pozzo della Cava in Orvieto with a pre-booked admission ticket that illuminates the history of Orvieto. Learn about the ancient Etruscans, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance as the Pozzo reveals layers of history in the underground complex.
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  • 1 hour 18 minutes to 3 hours
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$4.83
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Orvieto Wine Tasting from Rome

Orvieto Wine Tasting from Rome

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This tour is an easy way to visit the village of Orvieto, which is known as an open-air museum, from Rome. First you’ll explore Orvieto with your guide, who will tell you all about its history. Then you’ll get the chance to indulge in the local wines at a winery without worrying about getting home safely afterwards. As well as the wine, you’ll enjoy some delicious food at a local Umbrian delicatessen.
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  • 10 hours
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$220.12
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Private Tour of Orvieto including Duomo (Cathedral)

Private Tour of Orvieto including Duomo (Cathedral)

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Discover more than 2,500 years of Italian history on a private walking tour of Orvieto. Admire views over the beautiful Paglia Valley and explore the city's winding streets and magnificent architecture. No tour would be complete without a visit to the magnificent and famous Orvieto Cathedral, considered to be one of the most important in Europe and home to a fascinating collection of artifacts.
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  • 2 hours
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$204.17
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Orvieto Traditional Cooking Class

Orvieto Traditional Cooking Class

Learn the secrets of traditional Umbrian and Tuscan cuisine with a hands-on cooking class in Orvieto. Learn how to prepare a typical Italian meal using ingredients sourced from local farms and then enjoy your freshly cooked meal with a wine tasting after class. Master these simple and tasty dishes so you can re-create them for your friends and family once home.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$179.92
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Orvieto: Half-Day Truffle Hunting Experience

Orvieto: Half-Day Truffle Hunting Experience

Leave Orvieto behind for a day, and head into the beautiful Umbrian countryside, on this intimate tour. Begin the day with a traditional breakfast, and meet your guide: an expert truffle-hunter. Following your meal, venture into the nearby forest with your guide and a trained dog, and learn the art of truffle-hunting first-hand. Enjoy snacks as you explore, and see if you have any luck in unearthing the prized fungi.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$155.77
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