Europe, Italy, Orvieto

The Joys of Small Town Life and Beautiful Orvieto

October 23, 2010
"Tuscan Like" Country Side

One can hardly help from starting the day with a huge smile when it starts like this:

You’ve had a deep peaceful sleep.

You woke up in a medieval villa.

You’re strolling along cobble-stoned streets in the early morning sun on a perfect early-fall day.

Your day’s agenda is full of activities such as visiting Orvieto, taking a winery tour that includes lunch with the owners and sampling of their freshly made olive oil, and a Tuscan cooking class.

Yes, life was good.

I met my tour group in the town’s main piazza for breakfast at a little pastry shop called Bar Roma. Here we would grab our morning coffee and pastry before we set out on enjoying the day’s activities. We would meet here the following two mornings as well.  The coffee was good and the fresh pastries were yummy. We were being spoiled!

Each day, the shop was bustling with locals sharing excited conversation and smiles, as they grabbed their breakfast and headed off to work for their day.  Older retired men sat outside the cafe observing the comings and goings of locals and tourists alike.  Many locals stared at us curiously – according to the owners of the tour company, they’re are not used to seeing too many tourists except for the ones they bring into town.

After a cheerful breakfast, we headed off to Orvieto. Upon arrival, we stopped for gelato. I refused.  I know – shameful, right? After having gorged ourselves the night before and the indulgence of a morning pastry, I could not inhale any more food. I knew a big lunch was coming as well. I suppose refusing a chance to eat gelato in Italy is somewhat of a sacrilege, but I couldn’t bring myself to eat at that moment.

The highlight of Orvieto is Duomo di Orvieto, an incredibly beautiful Gothic cathedral. Our discovery of it’s beauty and grandeur was rather epic in nature.

My eyes were greeted with stunning architecture and Gothic details.

Stunning Architecture, Duomo di Orvieto

Stunning Architecture, Duomo di Orvieto

Gothic Detailing, Duomo di Orvieto

Gothic Detailing, Duomo di Orvieto

I had no idea what lied ahead.

Gothic Facade, Duomo di Orvieto

Gothic Facade, Duomo di Orvieto

Facade Close-up, Duomo di Orvieto

Facade Close-up, Duomo di Orvieto

I almost cried tours of joy when I saw this, as I did when I had my first glimpse inside of St Peter’s Basilica.  It was so beautiful!

The inside of the church was just as lovely.

Inside of Duomo di Orvieto

Inside of Duomo di Orvieto

We were then given free time to explore the town and go shopping. Excited, I made off on my own.

I noticed there was place in town that offered a really nice panoramic view of the countryside. I went there to take in the view and was lucky enough to come across some other tourists who snapped a pic of me.

"Tuscan Like" Country Side

“Tuscan Like” Country Side

I then did a little shopping, picking up souvenirs for my family and friends.  While doing so, I came across some rather unique yet hilarious ceramics – some cannisters to hold your everyday drugs like cocaine or viagra.

Storage For Your Drugs

Storage For Your Drugs

The region is also quite famous for its wild boar:

Wild Boar, Cheese, Wine Available Here

Wild Boar, Cheese, Wine Available Here

Some other shots from around town:

Main Piazza, Orvieto

Main Piazza, Orvieto

Orvieto, A Quaint Italian Town

Orvieto, A Quaint Italian Town

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