Taste routes

A journey into taste, discovering the wines of Orvieto

An culinary tour of good wine and peasant culture: discover the excellences of Orvieto.


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It is said that to really get to know a land, one should not just visit, but also eat its produce. This will be no sacrifice for those visiting Orvieto, a city built by the ancient Etruscans atop a tuff boulder, and still today one of Umbria's greatest attractions.

Walking around its medieval streets, one gets to see breath-taking palaces, towers, and churches. The gothic-style Duomo, especially, transmits unique emotions. This masterpiece was put together by the likes of Arnolfo di Cambio, Lorenzo Maitani, Pisano, Pinturicchio, and Signorelli. Also worth seeing are the Pozzo di San Patrizio, and the subterranean city.

However Orvieto is synonymous with more than just art and museums: here you can discover ancient craftsmanship, traditions, and culinary customs. It's no chance that the city is also the seat of the Enoteca Regionale dell'Umbria (Umbrian Regional Wine Association), as it produces an extremely refined wine which is sure to take you back in time. If you're in the area, you should definitely go on a tour of the most prestigious local wine cellars.

Cervaro de La Sala, Fobiano, La Carraia, Febeo di Cardeto: these are some of the wines that you will be able to savour whilst you enjoy the landscape. If you're after something more extravagant, try Muffato.

But not just wine: the Orvieto area is also famous for its white truffle, which can be found in calcareous clay terrains, near the roots of trees. Also famous are the local extra-virgin olive oil, cured meats, and cheeses, such as Cenerino IGT.

The surrounding woods add mushrooms and game to the list. Orvieto really is a haven for gourmets and wine connoisseurs.