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The fertile region of Umbria in central Italy is best known for its fine varieties of wine. When exploring this mountainous region and its plentiful vineyards, many visitors make their base in Orvieto. The city's stunning appearance is considered by many to be the most dramatic in Europe as it rises above vertical volcanic cliffs and protective city walls.
Ovieto is served by the Florence to Rome train line. Departing the rail station, the visitor is left at the foot of this walled medieval town. While there is a regular bus service available to the town centre, a cable car, known as the funicular, is the preferred mode of transport. Entering the town of Orvieto this way offers breathtaking views of the Umbrian valleys below.
Whether travelling by bus or cable car into Orvieto, the visitor will enter the city at Piazza del Duomo. Within the walled city are restaurants, shops and various attractions. The Cathedral of Orvieto, which was designed in the Gothic style dates back to 1290. The Pozzi di San Patrizio or St. Patrick's well, was built in the 16th century. Legend says it is �bottomless', however for visitors may journey to its steps to a depth of over sixty meters, or 248 steps.
While buses and trains are available, the Umbrian landscape is best explored by car as buses and trains can be frustratingly slow for even the most patient passenger. Within Orvieto, there are car hire services available from: Via 7 Martiri 32/f.
While this area of Italy has a good quality road network, extra care should be taken when venturing off the �beaten path'. The steep hills and deep valleys of the Umbrian terrain may create challenges while driving, however it is just these things which make the area's scenery so dramatic and spectacular.