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A day in Orvieto

 

An hour and a half from Rome, the town of Orvieto sits in the heart of tufa cliffs in Umbria.  The town has developed over the last three thousand years and today it is home to one of the most magnificent cathedrals in Italy.   

We spent the day touring the city, starting with the underground city of Orvieto.  The town is set upon a series of 12,000 caves and on a tour of “Orvieto Underground” we had the opportunity to make our way through the winding cave system that developed over the last 2500 years. 

At the end of the tour, we climbed up a narrow staircase into the sunlight.  After being underground for an hour, the surrounding Umbrian countryside looked particularly stunning.   We spent the afternoon exploring the medieval town and stopped to buy pasta and wine.  We topped off the day with a classic Italian meal and left the peaceful Orvieto to head back to the craziness of Rome.  

- Kelly 

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Mallory Dirks, Simpson College

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I chose to do this rather than book my own trip in Rome - I wanted to experience one organized/sight-seeing trip rather than a relaxing vacation like many of my others had been. Two friends and I signed up for WSA Rome and don't regret a thing. We met wonderful people, were led by an awesome tour guide Rhianne, and got to see everything I wanted to see in Rome. Plus eat all the best food. There is an optional dinner on the last night that we didn't do right away, but we ended up going to it, and it was SO worth the 20 euro. I made memories and friends, and got to see a beautiful, historic city thanks to WSA!!

Mallory Dirks, Simpson College ~ University of Roehampton, London, Fall 2015

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