"Quod natura munimento inviderat industria adiecit." ["What nature stinted for provision, application has supplied"] − Inscription on Orvieto's St. Patrick's Well, 63 metre deep well under the city
Located in Southwestern Umbria, the medieval town of Orvieto sits upon steep cliffs of volcanic tuff. It has a dramatic setting and the soil from the ancient volcano accounts for the famous regional white wine. The early Estruscans began digging into the rock and created shrines, passageways and wells that still exist today. In fact there is a well 63 metres deep which was dug in the 16th century for emergency water supply (St. Patrick's Well). On our tour we will visit the underground labyrinth and its wine cellars and experience the white wine of Orvieto. Other highlights include wondrous Etruscan ruins and the Duomo di Orveito, built in the 14th century and widely regarded as one of the most beautiful churches in Italy. Orvieto is a distinct and picturesque city unlike any other.
Our walking tour of Orvieto will provide you with a chance to experience an intimate Italy. One of many towns of Etruscan origins in the countryside north of Rome, Orvieto is built on isolated rock, governing the valley of the Paglia River. The town is most noted for its great gothic cathedral, the Duomo di Orvieto built in the 14th century and whose architecture incorporates its environment: blue volcanic basalt rock is woven into its architecture. Orvieto is home to the miracle of Bolsena, the piece of linen believed to be stained with the blood of Eucharist. On our tour we will visit these pillars of Orvieto history and experience wondrous Etruscan ruins, famous wine, and a secret underground city. Our guide will provide you with the opportunity to experience this small medieval town's three thousand years of history.