Orvieto is one of the oldest urban centres of Italy. It owes its origins to the Etruscans: the first settlements (as early as the ninth century BC) were located within tufa caves carved into the massif on which the old town centre stands today.
History that lives on
Although the fame of Orvieto is deeply interwoven with that of its cathedral, the city has much more to offer of historical and artistic interest − just by virtue of its ancient origins. Perched as it is on a cliff, it offers truly splendid views, alongside world-renowned sights such as for example the 16th century Pozzo di San Patrizio (St Patrck’s Well) with its double helix staircase, and the famous underground maze testifying to the Etruscan origins of the town.