See Italy as it is rarely seen with a trip into the Umbria region to Orvieto, a fortified medieval town that's known for its 13th-century cathedral and distinctive wine. Board your coach at the pier and travel north along a flank of the Apennine Mountains to Orvieto. Umbria is a land of steep hills and deep valleys with small villages boasting medieval castles and churches.
Your approach to the historic center of Orvieto is uphill, as it is built on a massive limestone outcrop. Once a citadel of the Etruscans, the city is a medieval gem because there hasn't been much new construction since the 14th century. The city stands guard over vineyards that primarily produce a dry white wine made from Trebbiano grapes. After your walking tour, visit the Duomo in the heart of the city. Built in the 13th century to commemorate the Miracle of Bolsena, the cathedral features elaborate carvings and mosaic work. You will have independent time to explore the interior chapels, decorated with frescoes by Fra Angelico and Signorelli.
Then, enjoy lunch featuring traditional Umbrian dishes, served at a local restaurant. After lunch, time is afforded to browse through the picturesque lanes and alleyways, shopping for Orvieto's famed ceramics, Pinocchio dolls and Orvieto Classico wine. Or simply relax in an outdoor cafe and take in the splendid medieval atmosphere. In time, you'll drive to the ship.
Please note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven, cobblestone surfaces with inclines and steps at the Duomo. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Short pants, tank tops and revealing clothing are not acceptable. Time permitting, guests will have approximately 45 minutes for browsing and shopping at the Orvieto Center. The Duomo is closed to tour groups on Sundays and during mass services. Should this occur during your visit, guides will give an explanation outside and guests will then enter on their own. Please remember to take local currency if wishing to shop. Shops may be closed during the peak seasonal times and dates, during holidays and on Sundays. Souvenir and handicraft shops will be open. Tour order may vary between groups but will include all mentioned sites.