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Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto)
Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto)

Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto)

Piazza Duomo, Orvieto, Umbria, 05108

The Basics

Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo di Orvieto) is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Italy, begun in the early 1200s based on a design by Arnolfo di Cambio, who also designed Florence’s duomo. The original plan was Romanesque, but was transformed into the more fashionable Italian Gothic over the centuries; the facade designed by Sienese sculptor and architect Lorenzo Maitani is one of the great architectural masterpieces of its time, covered with splendid mosaics and bas-reliefs and crowned by Orcagna’s 14th-century rose window. Inside, the main nave has the same stark stripes of white travertine and gray basalt stone as the external walls, but the apse is richly frescoed, as are the Chapel of the Corporal and the Chapel of the Madonna of San Brizio, the latter decorated by Signorelli’s masterfulApocalypse and the Last Judgment fresco cycle.

Orvieto is just over an hour outside Rome, and a popular day trip along with nearby Cività di Bagnoregio and Assisi. Join a walking tour of Orvieto that includes an in-depth visit of the Cathedral, or zip around the medieval center on an electric bike. The entrance to Orvieto’s popular underground tour is just across the square from the duomo, so you can easily pair a visit to the town’s most famous above-ground attraction with a tour of its warren of underground tunnels and caves.

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Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo) and City Walking Tour - Private Tour
Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo) and City Walking Tour - Private Tour
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$99.06 per adult
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Review of Orvieto private tour
This was a fantastic 2.5 hour tour of Orvieto and its wonderful cathedral. Our guide, Emma, was well informed and provided an excellent overview, answering all our questions and giving us tips for lunch and gelato afterward.
Leslie_L, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Orvieto

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Excellent guide and driver for beautiful trip
Chris_B, Aug 2022
Assisi and Orvieto Full-Day Semi-Private Tour from Rome
This was an incredible day trip for us! Assisi and Orvieto were both beautiful and moving. Our guide Ivan and our driver get an A+! Highly recommend both! Thank you for this tour and guide!
star-5
Our tour guide was...
Paul_V, Jul 2022
Orvieto Cathedral and Underground Caves Tour
Our tour guide was fantastic! Knowledgeable and thorough! We really enjoyed the tour of the Pozzo as well!
star-5
My favorite day trip!
Susan_C, Jul 2022
Civita di Bagnoregio and Orvieto - Private Day trip from Rome
This was my favorite tour in Italy. Our tour guide was entertaining. Civita and Orvieto were amazing. Great day trip from Rome. Highly recommend!
star-5
Complete and fascinating tour
Scott_H, Jun 2022
Private Tour of Orvieto including Duomo (Cathedral)
Fantastic and in depth look at Orvieto. Truly in depth as we went underground as well as seeing interesting sights above ground. Our guide really knew her topic. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
star-5
Best Guides of Several Trips@
Janet_C, Jun 2022
Small-Group Tour: Assisi and Orvieto Full Day Tour from Rome
Wonderful guide Marco was so knowledgeable and knew about everyone in Assisi so we felt right at home. Catherina was patient with my slow walking and wanting to see some of unique shops. We loved the stories about St. Francis and the beautiful sights!
star-5
Exactly As Described
Pete_B, Jun 2022
Private day trip to Orvieto and Umbria Region from Rome
Exactly as described, got picked up by Claudio, an art historian who was very informative. Discussed artists for the Vatican to the Orvieto duomo and to the emperors of Rome. Really the trip was out to the quaint city on a hill first built by the Etruscans. Then we stopped at the Gardens of Bomarzo.
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Good experience
Johan_S, Jun 2022
Small-Group Tour: Assisi and Orvieto Full Day Tour from Rome
Nice guided tour by Eda and Adam as our driver They really tried their best to make their guest feel comfortable. Bravo and keep up the good work.
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Orvieto Day tour
Donna_H, May 2022
Private Tour of Orvieto including Duomo (Cathedral)
Excellent historical overview with our knowledgeable , friendly guide. Very enjoyable tour. Would recommend.
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Beautiful Orvieto
Liora_a, May 2022
Orvieto Cathedral (Duomo) and City Walking Tour - Private Tour
We had a great time in Orvieto. Emmanuella was a great tour guide and showed us all around and was very knowledgeable.
star-5
Fabulous day
bryan_g, Apr 2022
Orvieto and Civita di Bagnoregio from Civitavecchia - Private Tour
Piero is one of the most professional and cordial people you will ever meet.. he is beyond outstanding
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Two thumbs up
Donna_H, Sep 2021
Orvieto by Evening: Small Group e-Bike tour with Dinner
A complete E-bike tour of the town of Orvieto. Our guide was very thorough in his history of the town, showing us some of the under ground caves from early times. A wonderful dinner, including wine in the square looking at the Duomo. Highly recommend this tour.
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Loved visiting mystical cities of Assisi and Orvieto.
Steven_W, Sep 2021
Assisi and Orvieto Full-Day Semi-Private Tour from Rome
Paid for a semi private tour and were treated to a private tour. Had a driver and separate guide. Both were congenital. Great way to see mystical cities of Assisi and Orvieto. Guide gave full explanation of where we were going and history of sights. Guide and driver arrived early. It was a hot day, wish bottled water was included. Also explained sights driving to Assisi.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Modest attire is required to enter the church, so be sure to cover your shoulders and knees.

  • Walking tours of the duomo and city of Orvieto cover quite a bit of ground; comfortable shoes are recommended.

  • The cathedral is accessible via a secondary entrance to the left of the main staircase; the internal chapels are all accessible.

  • Flash photography isn’t allowed inside the church.

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How to Get There

The Orvieto Duomo is on Piazza Duomo in Orvieto’s pedestrian-only historic center and can only be reached on foot. You can reach Orvieto from Rome by car or train in just over an hour.

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When to Get There

Orvieto’s two main celebrations—Festa della Palombella on Pentecost and Corpus Domini—center around celebrations, processions, and ceremonial games in the square just outside the duomo and are a particularly festive time to visit.

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The Corporal of Bolsena

Orvieto’s impressive cathedral was built to house the Corporal of Bolsena. A corporal is a small square of cloth that holds the communion host and wine chalice during Mass, and in 1263 a host is said to have miraculously dripped blood onto the corporal below in the nearby town of Bolsena. The stained cloth, known as the Corporal of Bolsena, is now displayed in the duomo’s Chapel of the Corporal, and has been attracting pilgrims for almost 800 years.

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