Archives with date 11 April 2020

11 Apr 2020

Cliff and man-made caves

Cliff and man-made caves The southern side of the Cliff, with the many man-made cavities that open onto the valley below,  gives us a chance to see what is hidden inside the volcanic mass on which the city stands.  Originally these caves did not communicate directly with the outside world but as time passed parts […]

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11 Apr 2020

Porta Postierla, renamed Soliana or the Rocca

PORTA  ROCCA To the early twentieth century traveler Olave Potter the entrance to Orvieto through Porta Maggiore was anything but cheerful, for the arch was gloomy and the road within dark and steep. Porta Rocca, located at the very tip of the tufa mass, almost seems suspended over the underlying valley through which the Paglia […]

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