The city of Orvieto
is the most greater centre of great charm and wealth, from the elevated
naturalistic and environmental patrimony, but also historical and
archaeological. The past of Orvieto sinks its roots in the Etruscan
civilization, when the inhabitants of the ancient Velzna-Volsinii
settled themselves in the cliff of Orvieto since the VIII century B.C., giving
life to a flourishing commercial and cultural centre.
The most greater
monument is however the splendid Cattedrale
, which construction began in
the last years of the XIII century, under the direction of the architect Lorenzo
from Siena, who gave a clean Gothic imprint to the building. Today
in Orvieto you can admire one of the most beautiful fašades ever realized for a
sacred building, a series of geometric forms inside which the rich colours of
the figures of the mosaics explode. While the fašade has been conceived to
remember a precious Fourteenth-century triptych, the insides contain numerous
masterpieces, among which the work of one of the most famous Renaissance
painters, Luca Signorelli.
A less known
destination, but that would deserve the same attention, is Scarzuola
the "Ideal City
" fruit of architect Tommaso Buozzi
creative work. It’s situated in Montegabbione
, to the place of an
ancient convent founded by St. Francis of Assisi
in 1218. The space has
entirely been remodelled by Buozzi
, up to create a mystical environment,
load of symbols and icons that create an internal itinerary rather than a real
city. Crossing that places you face a spiritual walk, and you go out of the
daily environments finding yourself absorbed in an atmosphere that recalls concepts
like soul, sacred, profane, space and time.
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