A journey into Orvieto's flavours
Oil, wine, and old-time flavours: itineraries and recommended visits in and around the city of Orvieto.
Italy certainly needs no introduction: it is universally renowned as a world leader in wine and food. Umbria is no exception to this and transmits unique emotions and atmospheres in each of its towns. Orvieto, for example, is an important reference point for the whole region especially with regard to artisanship (for its precious ceramics and majolica) and for its culinary tradition.
The cuisine here is closely linked to the land and its customs. Every culinary practice is strongly connected to ancient techniques and rituals which speak of the genuine side of life. Walking around Orvieto gives the ideal opportunity to take back one's time, delve into beauty, and taste these values. Our ‘slow' journey thus starts from the locally produced wines, fit for any taste, from red to white to rosé. Even our Etruscan ancestors were very fond of cultivating and working vineyards. Olive oil started to be made just a few centuries later.
The forested areas around Melezzole, Camerata, and Montecchio enriches this land's offer with chestnuts – recently awarded the prestigious DOP label – as well as mushrooms and truffles.
Once you finally sit down to eat, you can choose from dozens of typical recipes. Just speaking their names will make your mouth water: ‘drunken' hen – where the key ingredient is of course good wine – then umbricelli, hand-made tagliatelle, chickpea soup, and game accompanied by rich sauces.
Between a glass of Grechetto wine and a taste of roast wild pigeon alla leccarda, don't miss out on a tour of Orvieto's city centre. The top list of its attractions includes the folowing: the subterranean city, dotted with wells and carvings, among which especially noteworthy is the Pozzo di San Patrizio; the Duomo, built in Romanesque-Gothic style, and the façade of which was completed by Lorenzo Maitani and decorated with a rose window designed by Andrea Orcagna; and finally the Palazzi dei Papi, built in homage to three popes, Urban IV, Martin IV, an Boniface VIII.