Thursday Doors: May 19th, 2016
Orvieto, Italy is a dream come true. From the train it is hardly noticed as one flies by from Rome to Florence. But getting off the train at Orvieto is well worth it. The location of the city rises above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone called Tufa. Renting one of the nicest apartments we’ve ever had in Europe we arrived during their biggest festival of the year, Festa del Corpus Domini. Our hostess thought that was the reason we were there. We didn’t know anything about it, and thought how fortunate we were to be there for the festival. This Etruscan town is also noted for it’s woodworking and many doors feature their hand made pieces of art. One thing you will never forget is the fragrance of jasmine from the vines that sweep across the door entrances or along many of the walls! Enjoy!
I made a video presenting some of the doors of Orvieto and the spectacular surroundings
The Streets of Orvieto, Italy
There is also an underground city underneath Orvieto. Many of the homes of the noble families had a means of escape from the elevated city during times of siege, through secret escape tunnels carved in the soft rock. There was also an underground well dug to supply the town with water.
The Duomo or Cathedral of Orvieto, was built on the main square of the town starting in the 12th century for Pope Hadrian IV. It is huge! The side walls are made of horizontal stripes of dark green and white marble! How about that for a door? Look at the size of the people in comparison!
Here is the part of town where the people live!
Visiting Orvieto is a good way to experience Italy without all the bustle. There are several museums tracing the history of the town, fine eating, shops with well made, hand-made goods, and lovely people! Orvieto is a great place to stop! To find out more about Orvieto check out my other blog posts and videos featuring the Festa del Corpus Domini and things to do in Orvieto!
I hope you enjoyed our walk through Orvieto! This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0! Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors? See you next week!
27 Responses to “Thursday Doors: May 19th, 2016”
I love the artistic flair everywhere in these old towns! Great shots!
Thank you Hildegard!
You found so many gorgeous doors! Orivieto looks very inviting, I would love to visit.
Yes it is another great place off the radar!
Orivieto is a gorgeous town. It is also very unique with the decorations near and around the doors. I especially love the two cats and peacock on the wall. Thanks for sharing your visit, doors, and the beautiful surroundings.
Oh, may I please go now?? How lovely and I can imagine the scent of the jasmine. Ahhhhh!
The only other place that had that jasmine fragrance everywhere was Saverne France! It was wonderful!
What a spectacular place! Just beautiful! I love the wooden door with the owls, such incredible creativity. Thank you for sharing this with us!
There were lots of buildings with the wood carvings on them! We also bought hand turned olive bowls there and had our feet measured for leather shoes! It took them about two months to make them after we picked out the leather and had fittings.
Oh how nice 🙂
Wonderful, wonderful! You have found “the door”, maybe all of them! Thank you for taking us along.
Thank you for the lovely compliments Ludwig
So beautiful! I will have to remember that next time I go to Italy!
Yes I think you would enjoy it very much! Everyone that I have suggested it to has been very impressed with it!
Orvieto! One of my very favourite towns. But I’ve yet to discover its underground. Sounds amazing! I’ve only seen the huge fountain of St. Patrick’s. One time we were there for a little chocolate fair. It seems that Orvieto gives little unexpected gifts to everybody. 🙂
Oh they have three undergrounds one for the water system as you say and the other for escapes. The largest is way up on hill under a family home! Have you been ever to Festa de Corpus Domini? It was unbelievable, the entire town takes part!
I haven’t! Sooner or later though…
I think you would enjoy them!
Oooooo! These doors! I love every single one of them. You have captured the essence of the place – through the doors. Nicely done.
Thank you Janet!
Lovely! Italy is so full of art, even in the smaller cities. We were in Tuscany a few years ago to paint (a paradise for painters!). The underground city is pretty special! Can tell you had a great time in Orvieto. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Jesh, yes Italy would be the place to paint! It is so beautiful!
Thanks for that fabulous journey, what a beautiful place – and you’re quite the director, aren’t you? That’s a brilliant video. 🙂
Jean it took me forever to make the video! What a lot of work! But I thought it was what I wanted in the end! Thanks for commenting about it, you might be the only one to have watched it!
I’m sure it had a much wider audience than just me 🙂
Thanks for the wonderful tour. Another place to add to my never-ending list 😉
I will definitely try to visit this town if we get back to this part of the world.
I know I’m going to have to live to 110 to get mine all in!