Of course we had to show Annette our favorite town in Umbria: Orvieto! I could be very happy living in Oriveto. I love all the stone, and the medieval feel of Orveito, and as a bonus, it's relatively flat, making it easy to get around. With the direct train to Rome you can be there in an hour, or be in Florence in just over an hour. Unfortunately Orvieto is just slightly (well, okay, a LOT) over my price range, but because it's only 45 minutes away we visit quite frequently.
We usually drive up into town and park at the lot just in front of the funicular, if we can find a parking spot that's free. We then stoll up the Corso Cavour, turn left at the clock tower and enjoy all the ceramic displays until we catch our first glimpse of the Duomo.
Because I love caves, no trip to Orvieto is complete without a visit to Orvieto Underground, the man-made caves that honeycomb beneath most of Orvieto. And although we didn't have time for a visit to the civic or Etruscan museums, both located on the piazza Duomo, I highly recommend both. We had lunch in one of our favorite places, Café Montanucci on Corso Cavour, a simple place where you can eat a great salad, quiche or pasta dish, and after that you can check out their amazing selection of chocolates. For gelato we always stop at Gelateria Pasqualetti, just to the left of the Duomo.
It goes without saying that the Duomo in Orvieto is amazing, both inside and out. If you're there late in the afternoon when the sun hits the mosaics, every fleck of gold sparkles and glows.
You can see all my photos from that day in the Orvieto folder HERE, and of course all our photos are always available on OUR FLICKR PAGE.