Escorted Rail Tours Orvieto
An ancient settlement in Umbria
Known to exist even before the Etruscans came in the 8th century BC, Orvieto is undoubtedly one of the oldest settlements in all of Umbria. The picturesque city is sited dramatically on a near-vertical cliff of red volcanic rock, surrounded by defensive walls hewn from the cliff face.
It was in this position, situated on one of Italy's major roads controlling the way between Florence and Rome, that Orvieto began to thrive as a major trading post. By the 13th century, the town was a considerable size. At about the same time, its wealth and size were boosted further when the immensely influential philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas taught at the town's Stadium.