Things to do in Orvieto

Our most recommended things to do in Orvieto

Orvieto: Admission Ticket for the Well of St. Patrick

1. Orvieto: Admission Ticket for the Well of St. Patrick

Discover the Well of St. Patrick in Orvieto with this admission ticket and admire the helicoidal staircase and double ramp that make it an engineering masterpiece. Gain insight into historical water management systems and snap pictures of its eye-catching design.  See how Antonio da Sangallo designed one of the main monuments of Orvieto. Find out how the region retrieved water in the past as you gaze into the cylindrical well that is an impressive 53.15 meters deep. Take in the light from the 70 windows that provide illumination for the well. View how the central well shaft is surrounded with two helical ramps in a double helix that can be accessed by two doors. Imagine how mules carried empty and full water vessels up and down the staircase. 

Orvieto: Pozzo della Cava Entry Ticket

2. Orvieto: Pozzo della Cava Entry Ticket

Visiting this centuries-old well in Orvieto will open up the history of the ancient inhabitants' ways of life, from their Etruscan beginnings, through the Middle Ages, to the Renaissance and beyond. The underground cave complex consists of nine caverns for you to explore. You’ll find countless Etruscan, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts preserved by the underground complex running beneath the medieval streets of the Cava neighborhood.  Start at the oldest part of the Pozzo della Cava, with its cistern lined with cocciopesto plaster, where you’ll discover artifacts such as ancient Etruscan burial remains. Next, descend into the hypogeum maze of Urbs Vetus (Orvieto’s medieval name) to discover the intricacies of the houses’ three-story basements.  The final part of the complex displays developments from the Renaissance, when the most recent parts of the Pozzo della Cava were excavated. Marvel at the impressive final cave, which preserves traces of the transformations carried out over a period of twenty-eight centuries.

Orvieto: 2-Hour Cathedral and Underground Tour

3. Orvieto: 2-Hour Cathedral and Underground Tour

Start your tour in front of the amazing facade. Listen to your guide as they share plenty of information about the mosaics, the sculptures and the history of the church before taking you inside the huge building. Visit every part of the church, with a special focus on the beautiful San Brizio chapel, decorated by the Renaissance artist Luca Signorelli. Take a walk in the heart of Orvieto to the underground area of Pozzo della Cava to discover the hidden part of the city. Here your guide will teach you how the rooms were used throughout history, and you will look down into the impressive 36-meter deep Etruscan well. After your underground tour, walk to the edge of the city. From the top of the cliffs, admire stunning views on the rolling hills covered with vineyards and olive trees, and see the medieval town. A short walk throug picturesque little alleys will take you back to Piazza Duomo, where your tour ends.

Historical Umbria: on the Romans' footsteps

4. Historical Umbria: on the Romans' footsteps

Starting from Florence, you will be driven to one of the greenest and most unknown Italian regions, Umbria, during this full-day, semi-private tour. The first step is the visit to the heart of Saint Francis order, the Benedictine, Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage. Here you will visit the Basilica, then explore every corner of the city through a walking tour. Afterwards, you will be driven through the countryside to Todi, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a typical Umbrian lunch, accompanied by a breathtaking view of the valley. Before returning to Florence, you will visit the Roman outpost, Orvieto, with its preserved, original Roman walls, as well as the Arch of Drusus, the Roman House, and the Roman Theatre.

From Rome: Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Coach Tour

5. From Rome: Orvieto & Civita Bagnoregio Coach Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in central Rome or head to the meeting point in the city center. Board the coach and depart at 8 AM, setting off towards the ancient city of Bagnoregio in the Province of Viterbo in central Italy.  When you arrive, take a stroll around Civita di Bagnoregio which was founded by Etruscans more than 2,500 years ago. The town is noted for its striking position on top of a plateau between the two valleys called Fossato del Rio Torbido and Fossato del Rio Chiaro. Find out about how the settlement is also known as the 'dying town' and was historically accessed by a single road that led from the Tiber valley to Lake Bolsena.  Then, stop for a delicious lunch at a local Italian restaurant. In the afternoon, continue the tour to Orvieto, another small town of Etruscan origins where you can admire the magnificent 14th-century cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. Visit the remarkable Pozzo di San Patrizio, a historic well that was built by architect-engineer Antonio da Sangallo the Younger of Florence in the 16th Century.  Finally, return to Rome where you will be dropped off at the meeting point in the city center.

Assisi & Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

6. Assisi & Orvieto Day Trip from Rome

Escape Italy's busy capital for one day on this trip to Assisi and the Umbrian hill town Orvieto. On this tour, you will unveil the religious architecture of Umbria (such as the famous Cathedral of Orvieto) and discover the wines and local products of Tuscany. Leaving Rome in a northerly direction and driving along the Tiber Valley, reach Orvieto as your first stop, a small town of Etruscan origins where you will stop to admire the magnificent 14th century cathedral, a masterpiece of gothic architecture. The tour continues through the green Tuscan Hills covered in olive groves and vineyards. This is the land of some of Italy’s best known D.O.C. (quality controlled) wines, which include Orvieto, Chianti and Brunello di Montalcin. You will then have a further stop, where you will taste some local wines and other typical Umbrian and Tuscan products. Afterwards, enjoy lunch, consisting of traditional local dishes. In the early afternoon you will continue your journey and drive along the shores of Lake Trasimeno. Finally, reach Assisi, which is located at the foot of Mount Subasio. Assisi is famous for being St. Francis' birthplace. You will see the Church of St. Claire*, St Francis’ birthplace and his childhood home, the Townhall Square. Around the Townhall Square, you will see the People’s Palace and the Roman Temple dedicated to Minerva. One highlight of the tour will be the visit of St Francis’ Basilica, located close to the ancient city walls, with its magnificent frescoes painted between the 12th and 14th centuries. Leaving Assisi, stop at the town of Santa Maria degli Angeli, where St. Francis died in 1226. You will reach Rome around 19:30/20:00, where you will be dropped-off in the vicinity of your hotel.

Assisi and Orvieto Full-Day Excursion from Rome

7. Assisi and Orvieto Full-Day Excursion from Rome

Spend a delightful day outside of Rome on this 12-hour escorted tour that takes you to Umbria, one of the most picturesque regions of Italy. Rich in vineyards, olive groves, and iconic hilltop villages, this is where you’ll find Assisi, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The home of Saint Francis, still surrounded by its ancient walls, was built on the green slopes of Mount Subasio, and is recognizable by its colorful houses of ink stone. Narrow streets, flower-decked balconies, and noble palaces all provide opportunities for some memorable photos. Visit St. Francis Basilica and admire its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and then see the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli.  You’ll have time for a lunch break at a typical local restaurant (not included in the tour price) before continuing on to Orvieto, where you’ll have a chance to take in the magnificence of its Gothic cathedral, with its glistening façade of stained glass and mosaics. Enjoy a walk to soak up Orvieto’s charm and admire the countless churches that are scattered throughout its center.

Orvieto: City Card with Nine Local Landmarks

8. Orvieto: City Card with Nine Local Landmarks

Immerse yourself in Italy's historic city of Orvieto with a single-pass ticket to all of its best museums and attractions. Explore ceramics and bronze items excavated from the area, on view at the National Archaeological Museum. Glimpse the city's spiritual history at Orvieto Cathedral. See the vast complex that winds under the ancient quarter of Orvieto at the Well of the Quarry, and explore the foreboding Crocifisso del Tufo, an Etruscan necropolis that owes its name to a crucifix engraved in the tuff inside a rock chapel. By purchasing the Single Card, you're also entitled to discounts at other attractions.

Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Day Tour

9. Rome: Assisi and Orvieto Day Tour

The mystic town of Saint Francis, surrounded by its ancient walls, was built on the green slopes of Mount Subasio and with its colorful houses of stone, narrow streets, flowering balconies and noble palaces provide beautiful views for memorable pictures (do not forget your camera). An interesting visit to St. Francis Basilica, with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue, and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Then the tour continues to Orvieto, where you can admire a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a glistening façade of stained glass, mosaics and sculptures. Soak up Orvieto’s charm and admire the countless churches that are scattered around its center. Back to Rome, drop off at your hotel.

Orvieto: Private Walking Tour w/ a Local

10. Orvieto: Private Walking Tour w/ a Local

Orvieto is an old town located on a tufa outcrop 300 feet above the gorgeous Paglia Valley below. The city is mostly known for its cathedral (Orvieto Catherdral) and is considered one of the most architecturally important in Europe, for its Etruscan roots, and for the museums where one finds collections and displays that range over 2,500 years of history. During this tour you will walk through Orvieto’s charming, narrow alleys and small squares. Your tour will be a memorable experience, perfect for reflecting over while you enjoy an Umbrian meal and a glass (or two) of Orvieto Classico wine (not included).

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What people are saying about Orvieto

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 172 reviews

Katherine and Federica were an excellent tour guide. It was just the my grandma and I, the transportation was a leather seat van, very comfortable. Katherine was very attentive and patient, informative and professional. I highly recommend this tour if you don’t like a big group of people in your tour.

What a wonderful day we had! Paola and Gianlucca were so friendly and informative. Gianlucca was a great driver and met all of our needs. Paola was able to tell us so much history. Andres was a very knowledgeable tour guide in Assisi. I highly recommend this tour.

The visit to Orvieto and Assisi was a pleasant surprise. The cities are beautiful and the guides were attentive and gave us important information. The trip was well planned and lunch was satisfactory. Negative point: the bus had an unpleasant smell.

Excellent trip, I would say perfect. Cristina is a very good guide. Delicious lunch, and the driver Lucca drives very safely. Beautiful Assisis and Orvieto Recommended 100%

Juliana and Roberto were great. Juliano was extremely conversant and knowledgeable concerning our tour sites. We would not hesitate to book another tour.