Orvieto a most beautiful hill town

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Orvieto Cathedral(Italian:Duomo di Orvieto; Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta) is a large 14th-centuryRoman Catholiccathedraldedicated to theAssumption of the Virgin Maryand situated in the town ofOrvietoinUmbria, centralItaly. Formerly the episcopal seat of theDiocese of Todi, it has been since 1986 that of theDiocese of Orvieto-Todi.

The building was constructed under the orders ofPope Urban IVto commemorate and provide a suitable home for theCorporal of Bolsena, amiraclewhich is said to have occurred in 1263 in the nearby town ofBolsena, when a travelling priest who had doubts about the truth oftransubstantiationfound that hisHostwas bleeding so much that it stained the altar cloth. The cloth is now stored in the Chapel of the Corporal inside the cathedral. From Wikipedia.

This is the scond time we visited the Duomo, so beautiful, so huge. At a Sunday service there were very few people attending.

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Piazza del Duomo, Cathederal Square, Orvieto. A quiet sunday morning.

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Interior of Duomo during Sunday service.

View showing how massive Duomo is.

Perfect spot to play calico in the piazza,

The Duomo is always visible from most the the town of Orvieto.

Strolling down the side streets of Orvieto

My new bike. Perfect for shopping.

This is one of the most common trucks seen in Italy. It is an Ape 50. It is prounounced ah pay. Literaly a bee probably because with its motor cycle engine it sounds like a bee. It is ubiquitous through all of italyu

Greg Speck 2016