Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I visited Orvieto during a three-hour stop on my train ride from Rome to Vicenza. I have heard much about its famed duomo, with its lushly decorated facade and frescos depicting Judgement Day by Signorelli, but unfortunately I visited on a Sunday and the church was closed for services until the afternoon. But it wasn't a complete waste: the facade is itself a marvel to look at, and Signorelli's frescos were terrifying, even if viewed from afar through the metal gate that closes it off from the public. And the town itself is pleasant to walk through, with its high position affording it great views of the surrounding Umbrian landscape and its devoid of visitors early in the morning made it ideal for roaming. I'm sure there were a lot to discover, but I am convince the few hours I spent were enough. The town is special, but its appeal--like ever charming town in the country--could be had in many other towns fortunately far more convenient for me to visit.