Friday, August 1, 2008

More Day Trips from Rome: Orvieto

Just 90 minutes from Rome is the hillside medieval town of Orvieto. Once the refuge for popes when Rome was threatened, this tiny town boasts a huge Gothic cathedral. The town is perched on a huge cliff made of volcanic rock and is accessible by tram car. The site has been populated since the time of the Etruscans and there is a museum there devoted to the study of these ancient people. The wines and ceramics of Orvieto are well-known, so be sure to sample both while you are visiting. To get there from Rome take the A1 toward Florence or one of several trains a day that leave from Roma Termini.

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