Italy - how much time in Orvieto?

Donalyn

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Jun 2, 2008
Trying to figure out something to do in Orvieto, but unsure of how much on our own time we will have. Anyone remember? What did you do there?
 

Travel_with_5

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We have not taken the Italy ABD but we were just in Italy with our family in April and we stopped in Orvieto on way from Rome to Florence. It’s a beautiful medieval town with a large cathedral that has some beautiful art (including some frescoes that Michelangelo came to study before painting the Sistine Chapel), but otherwise the experience is prmarily walking around and enjoying the atmosphere of a medieval town high up on a hill. We were there for 3-4 hours, including a guided tour of the cathedral and a walk around town + lunch, which was perfect
 

TravelJunkieHubby

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We went on the ABD trip last summer and I recall having roughly 2 hours on our own to shop and walk around the town. We had lunch as a group and walked a bit together with the guides showing us were to buy specific items.

Also would mention if you enjoy cooking Italian food, my wife picked up some amazing Italian seasoning packets that we brought back as gifts and also used in our pasta back home. It was out of this world!
 
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  • Eastridge

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    Sep 24, 2018
    I went on the 2016 Italy ABD. I think we had around 90 minutes of on your own time after they brought us into Orvieto, but I don’t remember exactly. The trip has changed since then. Our group had lunch after leaving Orvieto, at some villa along the way toward Florence. The itinerary now seems to hold lunch in Orvieto.

    There was enough time to see the church, do some shopping, and get the gelato that the guides provided. I also walked to one edge of town to get some pictures of the surrounding area.
     

    OKW Lover

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    Good info above. Just wanted to add that the best ceramics in Orvieto are directly across the street from the Duomo at Giacomini ceramics. They ship to the US for very reasonable amounts and their packing is incredibly robust. We've visited there twice and bought multiple items each time.
     

    mapsd

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    Feb 27, 2011
    We climbed the clock tower in the middle of town for a great view & did some shopping.
    Eat lunch at the café right across the street from the clock tower. Best Panini of our whole trip!

    If it's hot, or you like archeology, consider visiting the well (Pozzo della cava). You climb down into the deep well that fed the city during pre-Roman times.
     
  • Donalyn

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    Jun 2, 2008
    Op follow up. We had about 60 minutes because Rome schedule got switched up. Not enough time to do the Well which was what I really wanted to do. Instead we climbed the bell tower and did a little ceramic shopping.
     
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    ceramics in Orvieto are incredible. Giacomini has good stuff. Bought four pieces representing four seasons. But I actually did more damage in a smaller store. Shop in Orvieto, don't worry about lunch.
     

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