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Historic and architectural marvels are found in Orvieto

June 8, 2011 - 2:26am
Orvieto Cathedral
Travelers who are embarking on a transatlantic cruise and tour of Europe are sure to be stopping in Italy along the way, and vacationers should make sure that the town of Orvieto is on the itinerary. Located in the region of Umbria, this city features many architectural attractions that are sure to intrigue visitors with a passion for history.

One of the most popular sites in Orvieto is the Duomo, also known as the Orvieto Cathedral. The massive structure was built in the late 13th century and features stripes of white travertine and dark green basalt, with a magnificent facade that boasts Lorenzo Maitani sculptures and colorful frescoes. Tourists who venture inside will be able to see the 15th century painting of "The Last Judgment" by Luca Signorelli.

Another interesting attraction is the Underground City, which is a network of caves carved out of volcanic rock. Escorted tours of these tunnels are available, in which professional guides will offer insight on how the passageways were used by noble families escaping from the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo.

Other sites to visit include the Albornoz Fortress, the San Giovenale church and the Etruscan necropolis.