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Orvieto

(ōrvyĕ`tō), city (1991 pop. 21,419), in Umbria, central Italy, on the Poglia River. Situated at the top of a rocky hill, it is a tourist and pilgrimage center. Orvieto is probably located on the site of the Etruscan town of VolsiniiVolsinii
, ancient city of Etruria, Italy, on the site of modern Orvieto. It was a powerful member of the Etruscan League, and the spirit of the league was broken when Romans conquered and thoroughly sacked Volsinii in 264 B.C.
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 (sacked by the Romans in 280 B.C.), which was later rebuilt as Urbs Vetus. It became a free commune by the 12th cent. but was later at the mercy of indigenous and foreign tyrants until it passed to the popes in 1448. There are notable Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance buildings in Orvieto, but the fame of the city is due mainly to its beautiful cathedral (begun in 1290). The cathedral's white and black marble facade is decorated with delicate sculptures and colorful mosaics, and the Chapel of San Brizio, inside, has frescoes by Fra Angelico and by Luca Signorelli, whose powerful scenes of the Apocalypse inspired Michelangelo. The city also has a well (200 ft/61 m deep) dug in rock (completed 1537).
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Orvieto

 

a city in Terni Province, in Umbria, central Italy. Population, 24,200 (1968). Orvieto is known for its ceramics and wines. The city is a popular tourist site. Landmarks include the Gothic cathedral (1290–1569; architects Maitani, Andrea Pisano, Orcagna, M. Sammichele, and others) and the adjoining Palazzo dei Papi (now the cathedral museum, 13th century). Also in Orvieto is the Church of San Domenico (13th century; Petrucci Chapel 1518–23, architect M. Sammichele) and the Faina Museum, which houses ancient Greek vases. Near Orvieto are situated Etruscan tombs with wall paintings (sixth century B. C.).

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Tordi, M. Orvieto. Rome, 1950.
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Orvieto

1. a market town in central Italy, in Umbria: Etruscan remains. Pop.: 20 705 (2001)
2. a light white wine from this region
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One alights on to a well maintained piazza, and for those who have no desire to go straight to their hotel, a couple of hundred yards behind the disembarkation point stands the first of Orvieto's curiosities, the Well of St Patrick.
It also included coffee and pastries in a 100-year-old pasticceria in Orvieto, a homecooked Italian dinner in 14th-century former olive mill in Spello, cocktails and a walk through the piazza in Padova, a seafood dinner in Burano.
Subsequent gatherings included French compositions by Guillaume de Machaut, Magister Franciscus, and Grimace (gathering 15); a gathering devoted mainly to caccias (gathering 16); a collection of unique works by the above-mentioned Piero Mazzuoli (gathering 17); a gathering featuring Ugolino da Orvieto and Humbertus de Salinis (gathering 18); and a collection of motets by various composers, including Philippe de Vitry (gathering 19).
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In Paolo Orvieto's Pulci medievale (1978), fundamental to the current state of Pulci studies, Orvieto (1978: 219-220) affirms that Pulci and Ficino respectively embodied two groups: "due professioni culturali e...anche filosofiche diametralmente opposte".
Synopsis: After a visit to the cathedral at Orvieto in Italy, Sigmund Freud deemed Luca Signorelli's frescoes the greatest artwork he'd ever encountered; yet, a year later, he couldn't recall the artist's name.
and I'll go with him Only Orvieto, Mr Monochrome and Captain Sam are entered up before today's final declarations and if they run, I'll be striking while the iron is hot.
| Co-Truly Irresistible Barbera " Here are three whites and three reds from the Co-op's range | The Co-operative Orvieto Classico (PS5.49) is definitely an alternative to pinot grigio as it's just a bit more interesting (well, most things are).
" Here are three whites and three| Co-Truly Irresistible Barbera reds from the Co-op's range: | The Co-operative Orvieto Classico (PS5.49) is definitely an alternative to pinot grigio as it's just a bit more interesting (well, most things are).
The Winemaker Collection Orvieto Classico 2014 from Umbria, is made from trebbiano toscano and grechetto grapes.