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ORVIETO

Orvieto sits majestically atop an imposing ridge of tufo volcanic stone, overlooking cypress-dotted lowlands. This small city can boast of outstanding museums, a rich history and some of Italy's best wine. Surrounding the imposing city walls is a lush landscape of natural beauty.  

 

 
 

THE JOURNEY

Travel in the time of COVID

The CDC recommends that only fully vaccinated people travel internationally and so do we.  We are asking that all who joins us are vaccinated.  This will not only give your fellow students peace of mind, but it allows for ease of movement while in Italy.  For residents of the EU, we ask you to obtain the Green Pass.  For all others, please have both your paper vaccine verification as well as a digital copy.  The CDC's latest guidance on international travel for can be found here.

Italy has in acted a color-coded system for tracking Covid.  The regions of Italy are assigned a zone color ranging from white (very low risk), yellow (low risk), orange (high risk) and red (very high risk) depending on transmission rates and other parameters.  Different restrictive measures apply to each color.  Orvieto resides in the Umbria region, the only region to not border a coast or another country.  To view the current zone applied to the region click here.

We recommend this helpful article from AARP on travel to Italy.  To summarize, don’t expect hassle-free border crossings, always have a mask handy, consider travel insurance, and plan ahead for sightseeing.

Getting to Orvieto

Orvieto is about 60 miles north of Rome.  A direct-route train departs Rome Termini.

 

The best way to get to Orvieto is to fly to Rome, the Fiumicino Airport.

From Rome, take the train from the Termini Station to “Orvieto Scalo” in Orvieto. The train will be headed toward Florence/Milan. The travel time is approximately 75 minutes.

Trains run frequently. At the station, there is a funicular (cable car) that will bring you up to the Historic Center.

 

If you are traveling by car, the best way to get to Orvieto is to take the autostrada del Sole A1 in the direction "to Florence". You will arrive in 90 minutes.

Classes begin Monday morning, please arrive in Orvieto on the Sunday before. 

The ICSP Workshop Classroom

Our workshops will be held at Fondazione Centro Studi "Città di Orvieto" which is located on Vicolo Corsica, 2, 05018.  The location is a short stroll from either of the hotels listed below.

 

The orientation will begin at 10 am Monday. Please arrive on time equipped with your painting supplies.

ACCOMMODATIONS

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Accommodations are not included in the workshop registration. We recommend you stay within the city center and book your housing as soon as you have decided to join us. Orvieto has many fine hotels and a number of AirBnB or VROB accommodations, which may interest those who want multiple bedrooms or kitchen facilities. 

 

You are free to room where you like, however, can recommend the following:

The Grand Hotel Italia  Via di Piazza del Popolo, 13 - 05018 Orvieto  Tel. +39 0763 342065 
www.grandhotelitalia.it

Previous students have enjoyed staying at this lovely establishment. This 5-story hotel, offers 46 bright, comfortable rooms with period furniture - most with balconies, and panoramic views of sun-drenched terracotta rooftops and mosaic facades. All are equipped with independent air conditioning. Along with a bar/lounge, this smoke-free hotel has a rooftop terrace and convenient self-parking. Free buffet breakfast and WiFi.   

Hotel Aquila Bianca Via Garibaldi, 13 Orvieto  Tel: +39 0763 341246

www.hotelaquilabianca.it

Hotel Aquila Bianca has 37 air conditioned rooms.  A bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and a conference center are at this smoke-free hotel. Free buffet breakfast and WiFi. 

 

CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL SITES

The town's importance in Etruscan times is confirmed by the ruins of the Belvedere Temple and the Necropolis of the Crucifix, where valuable artifacts have been unearthed and are now kept in the local museum "Claudio Faina."

 

The Duomo, a masterpiece of Gothic art, is dedicated to St. Mary of the Assumption. Inside it is home to important masterpieces such as the series of frescoes depicting the Last Judgement by Luca Signorelli as well as works by Fra Angelico. The Reliquiario del Corporale, a fine example of Italian goldsmithing, was made in order to preserve the Sacred Linen associated with the Miracle of Bolsena. Behind the Duomo are three papal buildings, testaments of the ecclesiastical importance of the city. The buildings are now museums including the State Archaeological Museum, The Emilio Greco Museum and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

 

A world famous landmark is the well of San Patrizio: 62 meters deep. A masterpiece of engineering, the well was constructed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger in the 16th century.The "Orvieto Underground" is a vast labyrinth of galleries, cisterns, wells and cellars.

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