Orvieto Duomo and the Underground

Back to Italia! The day after our wine tour, we just laid low and chilled out reading by the pool. The next day, Thursday, we went into Orvieto to go and see the duomo and the underground that was dug out about 2500 years ago.

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This is us figuring out where we are and how to get to the duomo since the tourist office is in the same area. We had a schedule to keep and needed to get tickets for a certain tour before it sold out. On our way, we wandered around, going into random churches.

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Tiny car

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This place had a bunch of frescos.

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We then went into another one. You can see how big the entrance is compared to us.

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This one had some creepy statues.

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After leaving, we came upon the sight:

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As you can see, this thing was so massive and colorful. It was really hard trying to get the whole thing in a single frame. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take photos inside, so all mine are exterior shots.

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Sneezy Dr. Awesome.

We made our way to the tourist center to meet up with our group and guide for the underground tour.  I had no idea that this even existed here until our friends mentioned they wanted to do this.  These people basically carved out these storage areas by hand.  You can still see the marks from the tools they used.  You’re also basically on the side of the cliff at some parts with a beautiful view. It was a bit humid down there as well.

IMG_0244 Before we made our way down.

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A view from a “window”.

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These are where pigeons were kept, whether they were for selling or eating.

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After we came back up to the main land, Dr. Awesome and I split from the group so that we could explore a little and I could get some souvenirs from the city since this was going to be our last day traveling in.

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While roaming, we sat down for a quick lunch. We hadn’t had pizza at all on this trip and decided that it was a necessity. My pizza had prosciutto with rosemary and potatoes. It was delicious.

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We also passed by a place that was selling whole truffles and boar prosciutto. It was siesta time, so the shop was closed.

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And then there’s the shot of me, standing like I always do in photos on a random street.

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Orvieto is known for their ceramics, so I was able to buy an awesome handmade plate from this woman who has a tiny store down a random street.  I also got some tea cups and saucers for my parents.  We met up with everyone around 3:30 and went back to the villa to get ready for dinner at an agriturismo that was about five minutes from where we were staying.  More deliciousness to come! 🙂

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~ by Rori on October 26, 2010.

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