Orvieto is magnificent from any angle and one of the most dramatically positioned hill towns in Italy. Perfectly situated between Florence and Rome, the city rests atop a 300 meter volcanic plateau overlooking the beautiful vineyards of the Umbrian valley. It is an amazing sight, one visible from kilometers away, especially when the sun sets and glitters on the intricate mosaic façade of the Duomo, one of Italy’s most outstanding Romanesque-Gothic cathedrals.
Orvieto, which has three popular claims to fame, its duomo, Classico wine, and ceramics, is always loaded with tourists during the day and usually quiet at night. Throughout the year Orvieto is host to various cultural events, popular celebrations and national and international festivals.
The most famous festival is the “Umbrian Winter Jazz” which takes place around New Year through the first days of January and includes performances by numerous outstanding international artists. The most important event of the festival, and one that should not be missed, is the Gospel concert in the Cathedral held on the 1st of January.
Orvieto is also host to numerous folkloric events, like the Palio dell'Oca in the Spring, and religious celebrations, like the procession of Corpus Domini where the people of Orvieto wear historical costumes representing the most important inhabitants in Orvieto’s history during the Middle Ages. Another important event is the Feast of the Assumption, a procession which takes place on 14th August.
The magnificent Mancinelli Theatre hosts performances from October to March. And Orvieto also hosts numerous classical music concerts, like the church-music concert telecasted all over Europe at Easter.
Orvieto is also home to many international events organized in conjunction with foreign cultural associations including the Orvieto Music Program, which hosts a series of concerts by international musicians in various charming locations throughout the city.
Sports fans can take part in the "Gran Fondo degli Etruschi", a mountain-bike race organized in June.
There is also the “Orvieto con Gusto” Festival in mid October. Orvieto was chosen by the association “Arcigola” as one of the cities most suitable to host this event thanks to its slow rhythm of life and its delightful atmosphere - a perfect setting for a festival aimed at allowing people to rediscover ancient dishes and the pleasure of slowly savoring them.