There must be hundreds of old cities who pride themselves, from a historical and artistic point of view, on being a unique in the world. But Orvieto, halfway between the earth and the sky has something more, something truly unique yet architecturally homogeneous, a site that was settled even before the Etruscans, followed by the Romans, the transcendental Middle ages and then the splendor of the Italian Renaissance. With the crown of buildings, it stands 20 to 60 meters higher than the plain below , form from the volcanic rock where the city stood. The splendid jewel at its center is the facade of the cathedral, which in its harmonious perfection can be considered the finest example of the Italian Gothic religious architecture.
VIEWING ORIGINAL SIZE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!
PS. reproduced from the guide book otherwise i have to have ride in a "mongolfiera" balloon to take this kind of photo :-))