If you are taking a trip to Italy and haven’t booked your itinerary I would like to suggest including Orvieto in your plans. I was lucky enough to learn about this charming hilltop town from a dear friend and am so so so thankful we worked it into our schedule. It has a much slower pace than the larger cities like Rome and Florence but a lot of the same rich history to learn about and explore. It also happens to have the most stunningly beautiful Duomo I have ever seen and it reflects a warm rose gold when the sun hits it just right. So beautiful. As if that wasn’t enough it also happens to be the home of the best pizza I have ever had in my life and the best food I had on our entire trip. Yep, it’s a real winner. Tips and pics below if you’re interested.
-The Duomo is incredible and deserves half a day of your trip. Take your time exploring every nook and detail but don’t miss taking it all in from afar as well. Maybe while sipping a glass of Orvieto Classico or a cafe from one of the nearby restaurants. You can read more about the building’s history here.
-One of the things we didn’t have a chance to do that I was really bummed to miss was a stroll around the outside walls of the town. As you can see in the pictures below the views are spectacular and I’ve heard the walk can be rather romantic. Darn. Check it out and let me know what you think.
-The best pizza of your life awaits at Pizzeria Charlie. Slow service but worth every passing second. OMG, the crust. It is not to be missed.
-The best restaurant in town is called Trattoria la Palomba and lives up to it’s hype. The family run business is full of friendly faces from the chef and owner to the servers. I enjoyed the best thing I ate on our trip here…toasted bread, olive oil, salt & pepper and fresh grated truffles. So simple and out of this world delicious.
-Skip the underground tour. Slow moving and not much to see.
-Make sure to buy some of their famous ceramics. If hauling back a large bowl or plate is more than you want to deal with stick to something small like a wine topper or Christmas tree ornament like we did. A great memory but easy to pack!
We also happened to catch a 4th of July celebration (yeah, in Italy…weird) where Mims (this Mims) performed with a local rapper. It was the weirdest event ever. Not only were we celebrating the 4th in Italy but the orchestra was alternating between movie classics from Mission Impossible, Star Wars and The Godfather to current songs from Kanye and Mims himself. BUH-zarre. We couldn’t stop laughing. Highly entertaining.
This was one of my happiest moments of the trip. Please ignore my broken voice which was just barely starting to come back after four days gone.