Essential Orvieto Information
Things to do
Orvieto Area - the Province of Terni
The area surrounding the town of Orvieto is situated in the southwest of Umbria; frequently referred to as “the green heart of Italy” as it does not have a coastline. The area receives many visitors but has managed to remain unspoiled with its rolling hills, valleys, streams and beautiful woods. There are numerous beautiful hilltop towns in Terni, all of which have an abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, and Orvieto is a particularly breathtaking one. Take a good pair of walking shoes, as this stunningly beautiful region is best seen on foot as much as possible.
There are a few large supermarkets which have the opening hours of 8.00 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 20.00.The main one is at Orvieto Scalo, near the railway station. This is a COOP supermarket open from Monday to Saturday from 8.30 to 20.00 and on Sundays only in the morning until 13.00:
P.zza del Commercio, 2
Tel: +39 0763302473
Grocery shops are a little more expensive but give you a good idea of the Italian village life. Sometimes they will have better products than the big supermarkets. Orvieto is also filled with small corner grocery stores.
Italian delicatessen shop
Corso Cavour, 101
+39 0763 342870
Orvieto is a town not only renowed for its Etruscan origins and the marvellous cathedral but also for its delicious wine. Orvieto Classico is the most famous: it is a dry white wine, clean and somewhat delicate, very pleasant as an aperitif in hot weather. It is possible to buy other very good Orvieto wines in the town in wine shops (Enoteca).
La Loggia Enoteca
Specialized in the niche market of “fine wines”.
Corso Cavour, 135
+39 0763 341657
Their web site: click here
Their wine price list: click here
Closed Wednesday afternoon
Piazza Del Duomo, 13
+39 0763 344393
BAR AND CAFES
internet café, terrace in the summer, good pastry and chocolate
Corso Cavour, 21
The best ice-cream in town
Piazza Duomo, 14
tel:+39 0763 341034
Mail Boxes Etc.
C.so Cavour 279/281
For more info click here
Corso Cavour, 21
tel:+39 0763 341261
WI-FI connection available
Corso Cavour, 194
tel: +39 0763 344766
The Teatro Mancinelli hosts regular seasons of prose (Stagione Teatrale), operas, festivals and concerts (Umbria Jazz Winter - for more info about Umbria Jazz Winter click here, Stagione della Musica d’Autore), ballets and other theatrical performances and cabaret.
It is also possible to visit the theatre:
Info: +39 0763 340493
For more info about the theatre click here
Orvieto has many banks, most are open in the mornings until 13.30 and then again for an hour in the afternoons. The afternoon opening times vary from bank to bank.
Here is a list of Banks in the centre of Orvieto:
BANCA COMMERCIALE ITALIANA - INTESABCI
via Garibaldi, 41
tel. +39 0763/344681
BANCA DI ROMA
corso Cavour, 62
tel. +39 0763/393496
MONTE DEI PASCHI DI SIENA
via Garibaldi, 24
tel. +39 0763/39821
BANCA NAZIONALE DEL LAVORO
via di Piazza del Popolo
tel. +39 0763/344833 - 344855
CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI ORVIETO
p.zza della Repubblica, 21
There are many churches in Orvieto which have regular masses. There are also masses held in the Cathederal at Piazza del Duomo every Sunday morning at 8.30/10/12 and weekdays at 9.
There are many petrol stations that operate a 24 hour machine service, you will need a 5, 10 or 20 Euro note when they are closed. They are normally open Monday to Saturday 07.30/12.30 and 15.30/19.30.
Carabinieri tel. 112
CORPO DI GUARDIA (Emergency)
Piazza della Repubblica, 7
EMERGENCY RESCUE tel. 115
Piazza Duomo, 20
tel. +39 0763/341772 - 341911 - 343658
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Monday – Friday 8am – 1.50pm / 4-7pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10am – 1pm / 3-6pm
Closed December 25th.
Piazza Matteotti, 15 – Orvieto Scalo
tel. +39 0763/301903
Piazza della Repubblica – Orvieto
tel. +39 360/433057 (night service also)
100 mts from the Railway Station
Via VII Martiri, 32F- 05018 Orvieto Scalo
Tel. +39 0763301303
Viale 1° maggio, 57 - Orvieto
Tel. +39 0763390030
PARCHEGGIO "EX CAMPO DELLA FIERA"
places n. 490 on two floors - from the parking there is an escalator and an elevator that comfortably lead to the centre of Orvieto.
from 7.00 to 2.00 every day
tel. +39 0763341774
Parking at Via Roma - Orvieto Centre (No camper)
Railway station parking - Orvieto Scalo (also for campers) from where there is the funicular to the centre of Orvieto
ACI Breakdown rescue
ACI : tel. 116
OFFICINA SOCCORSO STRADALE
Via Montevettore - ORVIETO SCALO
tel. +39 0763/305716 - +39 335/8333631
Via Sette Martiri, 7
+39 0763 3071
FIRST AID STATION
via Sette Martiri, 7 - 05019 CICONIA
tel. +39 0763/307366
AMBULANCE tel. 118
There are a number of chemists in Orvieto. On Sundays and holidays there will be only one open, you can find out which by checking a notice that is found outside all chemists. Here is a list of chemists in the centre:
corso Cavour, 89
tel. +39 0763/344100
via C. Manente, 3
tel. +39 0763/342568
corso Cavour, 33
tel. +39 0763/341726
corso Cavour, 171
tel. +39 0763/341747
There is a market every Thursday and Saturday morning until 13.30 at Piazza del Popolo close to the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (Congress Centre).
Largo M. Ravelli
tel. +39 0763/39831
open from Monday to Friday from 8 to 18.30 and on Saturdays until 12.30.
CARTA ORVIETO UNICA is a pre-paid card that gives the bearer access to the monuments of Orvieto.
Where to buy it: currently the card is for sale at the sales point that has been installed specially in the railway station parking, as well as at the Servizio Turistico Orvietano in Piazza Duomo.
Cost: full € 12.50
reduction € 10.50 (students, the elderly, groups of over 15 people)
free(children under 5 years old).
MUSEUMS AND SIGHTSEEINGS
The Museo Faina contains one of Italy’s finest archaeological collections, brought
together by two aristocrats, Mauro and Eugenio Faina, who from 1864 went personally
on digs and acquired items on the open market. This is considered one of the most important collections in Umbria. You will find excellent examples of Etruscan sculpture and pottery. Located in Palazzo Faina, the Museo Claudio Faina is directly opposite the Duomo and extends on two floors of the building.
APRIL / SEPTEMBER
9.30am – 6pm
GUIDED TOURS: 11am and 4pm
OCTOBER / MARCH
10am – 5pm
GUIDED TOURS: 11am and 3pm
NOVEMBER / FEBRUARY
PRICES: single € 4.50
reductions € 3 (bus and funicular ticket holders, elderly, children 7/12, groups:
schools, families, adults) guided tours are available at an extra charge of € 1 (groups of at least 15 people) also at times other than those listed.
Museo Emilio Greco
The Museo Emilio Greco is housed in the 14th century Palazzo Soliano, next to the Duomo.The museum holds an imposing collection of 32 bronze sculptures and 60graphic works that include etchings, prints and drawings donated to the city by Emilio Greco, the sculptor of the bronze doors of the Duomo.
OCTOBER - MARCH
Open every day: 10.30am-1pm / 2-5.30pm
APRIL - SEPTEMBER
Monday-Friday: 10.30am-1pm / 2-6.30pm
Holidays and Saturdays: 10.30am-1pm / 2-7pm
Museo Emilio Greco
Tel. +39 0763344605
A second city beneath the Orvieto that stands above ground. Most of this fascinating network of passages and underground streets is today open to the public and easily accessible. In just one hour visitors can get a good idea of what this surprising ’underground city’ really is.
11am and 12.15pm / 4 and 5.15pm
departure from Piazza Duomo, 24
guided tours in Italian, English, German
other times available on request
PRICES: single € 5.50
reductions € 4.50 (groups of over 20 people, Pozzo della Cava ticket holders)
reductions € 3.50 (students, Carta d’Argento holders)
free (children under 5 years old)
Piazza Duomo, 24
tel. +39 0763/344891
tel. +39 339/7332764
tel. +39 347/3831472
For more info about Orvieto Underground click here
ST PATRICK'S WELL
Built in 1527 by order of Pope Clement VII, the Pozzo di San Patrizio was designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger to supply water to the city in the event of siege.The ingenious design of the well uses two opposite doors that lead to spiralling staircases down to the water, for a total of 248 steps, built in such a way that those descending with their mules or donkeys would never meet those ascending in the opposite direction.
APRIL / SEPTEMBER
10am - 6:45pm
OCTOBER / MARCH
10am - 5:45pm
PRICES: single € 3.50
reductions € 2.50 (groups, students, the elderly, children, disabled)
THE TORRE DEL MORO
Tickets are on sale at the entrance but it is worth bearing in mind that this monument is one of the four sights included in the Carta Unica Città di Orvieto round ticket. Torre del Moro can be mounted either on foot or with the aid of an elevator for part of the way.It is really worth it with clear weather for the stunning view of the town and the countryside around it.
MARCH /APRIL- SEPTEMBER/ OCTOBER
10am – 7pm
MAY / AUGUST
10am – 8pm
NOVEMBER / FEBRUARY
10:30am – 1pm / 2:30 – 5pm
Full € 2.80
On the northwest road that leads to the funicular, there are a series of Etruscan Tombs. The contents of the tombs are in museums around the world, including Orvieto.
From the railway station you can reach the centre of Orvieto by using the FUNICOLAR + MINIBUS.
FUNICULAR RUNNING TIMES
Weekdays: from 7.20am to 8.30pm every 10 minutes
Holidays: from 8am to 8.30pm every 15 minutes
The funicular runs coincide with the Line A and Line B minibus rides into and from the old town centre.
Bicycles are allowed on the funicular in the following cases:
MAX 4 BICYCLES WITH 35 ON BOARD AT MOST
EXTRA RUNS(only bikers)
MAX 12 BICYCLES
The cost for bringing the bicycle on the funicular is € 0.80
The railway station is only 10 minutes drive from the centre of Orvieto, reachable even by the funicular in 2 minutes. There are trains to Rome and to Florence every hour.
For more info about trains click here: http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html
Ristorante La Pergola
Family run restaurant which offers traditional Orvieto cuisine. The welcoming dining room accommodates up to fifty people and there is also available a covered courtyard (veranda), ideal for al-fresco dining. The menu is based on local products, such as wild boar, truffles, pork and beef.
The restaurant is on the "Artisans Street" (Via de' Magoni), just 80 meters away from the splendid Duomo cathedral.
Closed on Wednesday.
Via de’ Magoni, 9/B
Tel. +39 0763 343065
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