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Orvieto, in symbiosis with the tuff cliff on which it is built, is an exceptional example of integration between nature and the work of man. Visiting this city is like going through history.

The city lives in symbiosis with the tufa cliff on which it is built (325 meters above sea level) and is a remarkable example of integration between the natural environment and the work of man. Sometimes, the awareness of this relationship between nature and architecture is explicit: this happens, for example, in the inscription on the famous Well of Saint Patrick that reads: “Quod natura munimento inviderat industria adiecit” clarifying precisely, that “what nature he had denied for the defense – in this case water – he added human activity “. To the visitor, an ideal route is evoked and suggested by the two statues of Boniface VIII placed on the extreme gates of the city: Porta Soliana, from which the Pope entered, and Porta Maggiore, from which he came out. Orvieto preserves important Etruscan artifacts found in the city and in the territory in the museums. The Necropolis of Cannicella and the Crocefisso del Tufo, under the Orvietan cliff, complete the image of the last Etruscan city destroyed by Rome.

The most representative public buildings – the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, the Duomo and the Palazzo dei Sette. To visit near Orvieto, just outside the city: the Etruscan Necropolis of the Crucifix del Tufo, with chamber tombs from the 6th to the 3rd century BC; the Abbey of Saints Severus and Martyrdom, rebuilt in the twelfth century by the Benedictines, with severe environments, a beautiful dodecagonal Romanesque bell tower and a magnificent landscape.

The most solemn feast is that of the Corpus Domini. In addition to the religious services and the relic exhibition there is a historical re-enactment with 400 participants.

The Feast of the Palombella, for Pentecost. It consists in “flying” a dove, linked to a crackling sunburst of firecrackers on a steel cable, from the church of San Francesco al Duomo. The dove is given to the first married couple of that day.

The festival dates back to 1300. Regional review of the wines of Umbria, with food and wine events, in June.