Orvieto and Civita

When Visited

  • Nov 2014


  • There are many hilltop towns that you will see from the highway as you are traveling north of Rome. On our way south returning from Tuscany, we stopped and stayed overnight for two nights in what has got to be one of the best of these hilltop towns – Orvieto.
  • Once again, our VRBO location provided a wonderful surprise. From the little street outside, the apartment looked very old and medieval.  But inside, it had been recently renovated  into a very modern motif.   The two highlights of the unit were the lighted stars built into the ceiling in the bedroom, and the modern bathroom and shower – complete with alternating multi-colored lights.
  • The main Duomo of this little town was one of our favorite duomos in all of Italy. The catedrale was incredibly ornate on the outside, and again beautifully lit at night.
  • There was an evening chocolate festival on its last day when we arrived.
  • I took a walk down to the bottom of a deep well – the Pozzo di San Patricio. There are winding steps down one way and back another way with openings to the central well all along the way.   Interesting.


  • I also took a tour of underground Orvieto – a series of caves built underneath this mountain top town where people used to live.


  • One of my favorite activities in all of Italy involved an early morning drive on my own to try and find another hilltop town I had seen in some tour books – Civita. Even though it was fairly close to Orvieto, it was most definitely a challenge to find … but I finally did.  Unlike Orvieto, where you can drive your car right up to, in and around the village (although some of the turns on the narrow streets are incredibly tight), Civita is only accessible by a foot bridge.
    • I can best describe Civita by referencing the Lord of the Rings. It looks just like it came right out of Middle Earth.  Google it and look at the pictures to see what I mean.   When I finally found it around 9AM, it was surreally surrounded on all sides by fog, which made for some very interesting pictures.  I decided just to look at the scenery and take pictures, rather than walk over and up the foot bridge into the city.  But just seeing it was well worth the drive.


Pictures from Orvieto and Civita


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