Il sole tramonta dietro la Chiesa di San Giacomo Maggiore - Orvieto
"The sun sets behind the Church of San Giacomo Maggiore - Orvieto"...
Orvieto is one of the most striking, memorable, and enjoyable hill towns in central Italy. Less than 90 minutes from Rome, Orvieto sits majestically high above the valley floor atop a big chunk of volcanic stone called tufa, and overlooking cypress-dotted Umbrian plains and vineyards. The ancient city rewards one with a peaceful and historical stroll back in time to the days of the Etruscans, who built this cliff top village over 2000 years ago for protection from their enemies. The ancient Etruscan wall still stands today presenting colorful cliffside views, and protecting the famous Duomo di Orvieto, the Palazzo del Popolo, and other antique treasures. A hospice for the poor and traveling pilgrims was established on this location in 1187 and the site eventually developed into a civic hospital. Pope Clement IV gave permission for the erection of a chapel and cemetery in 1266. Eventually the church finally closed in 2000, when the new Ospedale di Santa Maria della Stella opened at nearby Ciconia.
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