For lunch in Orvieto we ended up on a terrace just opposite the beautiful cathedral.
This 14th century building is amazing, and the bright gothic facade is considered one of the most impressive in the world. Here is the fairly new bronze door by Emilio Greco (1913-1995):
These bas-reliefs on the exterior pillars depict biblical stories (1331).
There are several 14th century frescoes inside that are amazing to see.
I love the old tiles on the floor and the ceilings have more artwork.
Here is an interesting Pietà by Luca Signorelli that depicts Mary Magdalene and the virgin Mary with Christ’s body — but the interesting thing is that for the figure of Christ, Signorelli used the image of his own son, who had recently died from the plague.
Other famous works by Signorelli in this cathedral include this large fresco entitled “Resurrection of the Flesh.” You can see angels above blowing trumpets and the dead coming out of the ground in various poses, crawling out of the earth with extreme effort.
But my favorite is this 1579 Pietà by Ippolito Scalza. It shows the dead Christ with his mother, Mary Magdalene and Nicodemus. Isn’t it beautiful?
This cathedral is so pretty and I think you could spend days exploring all of its artwork. I’m glad we had at least a little time to see it.
Lunch in front of Il Duomo Orvieto was wonderful!