Jane and Mark's Taste of Italy 2017 travel blog

Giana and Marco

Pici with percorino cheese and pepper

You need this to get to Orvito

Orvieto cathedral before sundown

Orvieto cathedral in the moonlight

A view from Orvieto high above the lower part of Orvieto

Ornate mosaics on Orvieto cathedral

After our lunch of pici pasta with pecorino cheese and black pepper ( in Umbria they have Pecorino cheese, and Toscana they have parmesan cheese) we did not need much dinner.

So after arriving in Orvieto, we set out walking again.

A lot of touristy shop, and a piazza opposite the cathedral was the perfect spot for an evening drink and some proscuitto and melon.

The sun set and offered a delightful opportunity for a photo shoot of the cathedral.

Orvieto is sitting on top of a volcanic hill. There are many, many underground tunnels carved out of the volcanic dirt. Many family homes have access to the tunnels. We visited two of the tunnels. They were built in the Etruscan times, ie before the Roman times. They have been used to protect people from many feuds, including the second world war.

Expansive Orvieto has developed down the mountain also.

There is an interesting well, 247 steps we climbed down and up again. The clever architecture has one set of spiral steps going down, whilst the ascending spiral steps has been built in between, so you always have one way traffic. Not that I would want to carry a vessel of water up 247 steps.

We lunched at Cantine Neri, matching wines with olive oil and bread, pesto and bread, some salami slices, and chick peas and rosemary.

The building that housed the Cantine was built by the Knights Templars. Their cellars were built in 5 BC.

We then were trAnsported to Rome in a flash black, tinted window little van. Reaching Rome at 5.30 pm in chaotic peak hour traffic. It took ages to get to our hotel.

A quick turn around, and we were off to the Michelin star restaurant Pipero Room.

Oh so flash. Some very fancy food. We finally got to bed at 11.30 pm. A huge day.

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