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"Orvieto - dazzling Duomo" Top 5 Page for this destination Italy Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

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  ...our favourite facade...
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From 1290 onwards, for the next 300 plus years, Orvieto's Duomo slowly evolved.
From the carvings by Lorenzo Maitani at the base of the main pilasters; to the Cappella del Corporale with Lippi Memmi's Madonna and frescoes by Ugolini; to the Cappella Nuova and its great fresco by Luca Signorelli of the last judgement, this church is great in a country full of spectacular ecclesiastical monuments.
If windows are your thing then the stained glass effort by Orcagno from the 14th century is sure to please.
The huge bronze doors by Emilio Greco are a later addition, the work being completed between 1964-1970.
The one thing that smacks you in the eye and demands your attention above all else however, is the visually stunning facade. The richness of colours literally dazzles you as the sunlight reflects their vividness off this masterpiece. We agreed that of all the churches we saw in Italy, this facade was our number one.
The photo in no way reflects how bright it is and, unfortunately, most of the rest was behind scaffolding undergoing restoration so it was a difficult shoot to say the least.
The best time to view it is when the sun is setting.

Address: Piazza Duomo, Orvieto

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