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.
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, we have a block of rooms on hold at the following hotels:
The Grand Hotel Italia Via di Piazza del Popolo, 13 - 05018 Orvieto Tel. +39 0763 342065
Along with a bar/lounge, this smoke-free hotel has a rooftop terrace and self-parking. Free buffet breakfast and WiFi.
A block of 26 rooms is being held by at a reduced price for those participants who reserve before March 15th 2020.
Hotel Aquila Bianca Via Garibaldi, 13 Orvieto Tel: +39 0763 341246
A bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and a conference center are at this smoke-free hotel. Free buffet breakfast and WiFi.
A block of rooms is also being held for those participants who reserve before March 15th 2020.
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.
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.