Orvieto is one of the most picturesque hilltop towns in Italy rich in history, gothic and medieval architecture and delicious food, not to mention the friendly people and the beautiful handcrafts (pottery and carved wooden animals).
Nestled in the heart of the Umbria region between rolling hills, Etruscan landscapes and views to die for, Orvieto makes a great daytrip from Rome or an alternative stopover when transferring between Florence and Rome.
The town offers fantastic views, and well worth a visit is the incredible underground city excavated by it's inhabitants some 2500 years ago. Then enjoy the 14th-century Cathedral with its Gothic façade, one of the great masterpieces of the Late Middle Ages. Shop for handcrafted ceramics and pottery and last but not least try one of the excellent local restaurants to taste the salami and cheese paired with a glass or two of the local Orvieto Classico wine.
Civita di Bagnoregio is a surrealists dream; a ghost town sitting on a Lunar landscape. Everything about Civita is extreme...the silence; there are no cars or even scooters, the size; just fifty or so buildings, the position; pearched on a mound of volcanic rock, the views; like landscapes from a surrealist painting, the access; one only highly suspended pedestrian bridge. It's a must see before it disappears due to the extreme erosion eating away at the the little hill on which it stands.
After Civita we continue our our journey towards Rome where we arrive at about 5.00pm
Please note: by Italian law, driver guides are not allowed to do historical guiding of museums, monuments and city sights. Therefore, city visits are to be considered free tours.