Orvieto is situated in Umbria on top of a large platform of
volcanic tufa. Rising above high cliffs and surrounded by defensive walls, it
is among the most dramatic cities in Europe
and is easily visited on foot. Some of Orvieto’s highlights include hiking,
shopping for fine pottery and crafts and enjoying delightful dinners at simple trattorias, featuring local delicacies
such as truffles and mushrooms.
The Etruscans founded Orvieto and left some remnants (now in
Museum) and a necropolis
that you can reach on a popular two-mile hike. An underground city—a labyrinth
of tunnels and caves long kept secret—lies beneath the city and is now open for
guided tours, which can be booked on site. The Romans followed the Etruscans,
and later the city became very closely connected to the Papacy. St. Patrick’s
Well was built for the popes in the mid-16th century and has unique double
helical ramps for one-way traffic (originally for mules carrying water).
A notable monument is the Gothic cathedral (the Duomo), with
its striped façade in white and green stones, and its remarkable sculptures. On
our included walking tour, you will visit the cathedral and San Brizio Chapel,
adorned by Luca Signorelli’s masterful fresco, Last Judgment. Not many know that it inspired the famous Last Judgment of Michelangelo.
The city is also full of medieval palaces along narrow
cobblestone streets, such as the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and Fortezza dell’Albornoz, which
are very pleasant to discover.
Depart the U.S.
The particulars of your arrival overseas are detailed with your flight
itinerary and airline tickets.
Day 2 - Arrive in Rome
/ Begin your Trip Extension in Orvieto
Upon arrival at the Rome Fiumicino
Airport, meet your VBT
representative outside the customs area in your arrival terminal. The
representative will be holding a VBT sign. Then transfer by private car
(approximately 2 hours) to your hotel in Orvieto. Once in Orvieto settle in at
your hotel. The rest of the day you are free to explore the city with VBT's
City Information in your Final Travel Booklet as your guide. Choose a
restaurant for dinner on your own. Tomorrow morning, a local guide will meet
you for an orientation tour.
If you are going to be delayed meeting our transfer representative
for more than 15 minutes due to delayed or lost luggage, please have airport
staff page our driver with your last name so they may be notified of your
delay. You may also contact our One Call travel assistance to advise of your
delay and they will contact our transfer service. Our drivers are only able to
wait for up to 45 minutes from the time your flight lands after which you would
be responsible for your own transfer.
Please note: If you arrive early, your hotel room may not be
available until 1:00 pm. You may store your luggage with the Reception Desk.
Day 3 - Orvieto Tour / Independent exploration
After breakfast at 9:00 am, meet your local guide at the
hotel. She will take you for an orientation tour of the city and a guided visit
to the remarkable cathedral—the Chapel of San Brizio. She will also share
inside tips on what to see and do in Orvieto, including a 2-mile hike to the
Etruscan necropolis or an optional guided visit to the underground cave park.
The rest of the day is free for your own discoveries and shopping.
Day 4 - Independent exploration of Orvieto / Join VBT Air Package
Continue your discovery of Orvieto with a visit to Saint Patrick’s Well. A masterpiece of engineering, this well
was constructed in 1527 by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. It is 62 meters
deep and has two spiral staircases with 248 steps each. You may return to your
hotel by funicular.
VBT Air Package guests arrive throughout the day.