Pleasant town of 21,019 inhabitants in the province of Terni in Umbria.
It is located on a tuff cliff overlooking the valley of the river Paglia.
Of Etruscan origin , and among the most notable , The name comes from Urbs Vetus , the "old town " located on the cliff, probably to be identified with the Etruscan Volsinii . In fact, after the Roman conquest of the inhabitants of Volsinii , were transferred to other locations ,
Volsinii Novi locate Bolsena , the Volsinii Veteres is therefore to be located with the existing center at Orvieto. After the collapse of the Western Roman Empire , Orvieto suffered the dominion of the Goths until 553 , when it was conquered by the Byzantines Belisario . Later, after the establishment of the Duchy of Spoleto, became Lombard . Shortly before the eleventh century the city , located on the border of Byzantine Italy , which was an important strategic point , he returned to flourish , expanding its urban fabric with the construction of fortifications , palaces, towers and churches , reaching rule over a vast territory stretching from Val di Chiana to the lands of Orbetello of Telamon and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Struggle between two noble families , the Guelph and the Ghibelline Monaldeschi Filippeschi , weakened the communal power favoring , in 1354 , the conquest of Cardinal Egidio Albornoz . After ups and downs , in 1450 , got incorporated into the State of the Church.
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photoray (7896) 2013-11-20 7:55
Attractive view of the medieval Orvieto plaza, the impressive Romanesque architecture especially the arches and window detailing, and contrasted with stormy skies.
Nicou (109607) 2013-11-20 9:08
Même sous la pluie tu fais des merveilles, le rendu au sol est sueprbe quelle perspective sur ces édifices quel cadrage et vue sueprbe compo avec la tour en fond ce arches quelle vue.
holmertz (33461) 2013-11-20 9:23
The weather is not so nice, but the photo is. The grey sky has made it look almost like it is partly desaturated, but some details tell us that this is entirely a colour photo. The buildings are very bice and you have "anchored" the composition well at the bottom by including the large flower-pot. The umbrellas tell us more of the bad weather on this day in November.
willperrett (4807) 2013-11-20 9:24
Such weather, even in Italy! Nevertheless, the muted tones of late Autumn add a note of melancholy to the scene, which I rather like. Hope you didn't get too damp!
lousat (67045) 2013-11-20 9:29
Ciao Silvio,giornata perfetta per un HDR con questo cielo minaccioso e le facciate poco illuminate,comunque va benone anche cosi',davvero elegante la facciata sulla sinistra.Buona serata,Luciano
dta (59121) 2013-11-20 10:31
Viao Silvio ,
This is an excellent view of these beautiful buildings under the rain . Perfectly composed . And very good cature of the light in these not easy conditions ;
danos (80248) 2013-11-20 10:59
nice the panoramic view of this main area of the town with the impressive buildings especially this on the left to dominating the image.I like the architectural style of the building,this moody and rainy day.
Romano46 (14452) 2013-11-20 13:10
conosco abbastanza bene Orvieto e nel vedere la tua foto mi sono detto che sei stato molto bravo nel dare una rappresentazione diversa e nello stesso tempo pèiacevole di questo luogo sempre affollato.
Merito della pioggia che ha trasfigurare l'ambiente ma merito soprattutto della tua capacità.
Ciao e buona notte
elenimavrandoni (11069) 2013-11-20 19:49
non importa se piove, le tue immagini sono ancora belle...
questo grigio e questo contrasto sono meravigliosi!!!
Mi sento come se fossi una parte di questo favoloso panorama
rychem (15396) 2013-11-20 21:35
Such rainy photos have a special mood, I like it, well captured view of a town square, excellent work
Highmountains (2255) 2013-11-20 23:35
You have introduced the viewers of TE to so many small towns and villages in Umbria and each time you have made me feel that we should visit it.
Here we have two old buildings so very different in colour and decor. The building on the left looks more well maintained and with the flags, it is surely being used by the local Government. The insignia of the town hangs above the flag.
The building on the right is perhaps privately owned and lacks maintenance. So is the state of the tower behind it.
It is raining and the grey clouds are hanging heavily over the town. The umbrellas are out and people seem to go about their life peacefully.
Thanks for sharing, Silvio,
carlo62 (22265) 2013-11-20 23:41
c'è una bella differenza con la precedente foto, qui di colori c'è ne sono ben pochi, ma rispecchia esattamente la situazione attuale e anche una città bellissima come Orvieto perde molta vivacità, pur mantenendo un suo fascino.
dip (22232) 2013-11-21 3:50
you chose a cosy corner to present the town and its interesting architectural details,I like the atmosphere there,although the bad November weather,
thanks for sharing,
mirosu (10116) 2013-11-21 4:39
The buildings are very interesting and impressive structure; it looks in great shape even they are not youngest. I like the clarity and colours of this photo. I also like that you've included the people, adding nice life to the scene.
Sergiom (48884) 2013-11-21 5:23
Il ne semble pas faire très beau ce jour là à Orvieto.Je me souviens avoir visité cette ville en route vers la Toscane. Très connue pour son bon vin blanc, j'y avais acheté quelques bouteilles. Le ciel gris apporte toute une ambiance.
macjake (48279) 2013-11-21 5:53
sometimes these rainy days and grey skylines give the best lighting, strange to say that! but it seems to be true.
The lighting is excellent here, and the contrast between the white and greys are so attractive.
smart set up with this composition.
snunney (75062) 2013-11-21 6:02
A wet day in Orvieto - makes for a very moody atmosphere. I like the point of view; the palish building coming in from the left makes a good pointer toward the brown ones in the background. The people help animate the scene. Ideally exposed with very good colours and sharpness.
mesutilgim (75516) 2013-11-21 12:18
Very nice caapture of this autumnal scenery with perfect light management.
TFS and best regards
tyro (16744) 2013-11-21 13:53
Ciao caro Silvio,
An interesting note and a beautiful photograph to illustrate it!
Your composition is excellent with the lines of the buildings leading the eye nicely across the piazza to the tall tower beyond. But what really is so delightful is the lighting - that lovely soft light which brings out all the colours and details so superbly. Details and sharpness are exquisite too.
ChrisJ (92090) 2013-11-21 14:41
A bleak and cold Remembrance day but sharpness is excellent and the people with umbrellas animate the scene. I like the subtle warm cold color contrast between the reddish yellow building top right and the blue grey sky. Tfs & have a super week!
ourania (21360) 2013-11-22 9:35
la giornata scura e pesante ti ha regalato un intervallo di luce straordinaria ed hai saputo sfruttarne con grande abilta'. Mi piace molto come hai raccolto questa luce sulle facciate degli edifizi e sui riflessi morbidi sul pavimento. L' architettura e' caratteristica ed interessante, le persone dano vita a questo scenario urbano, ottimamente definito dalla prospettiva, i due edifizi e lo spazio di fronte a essi. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,
SWEETFREEDOM (20552) 2013-11-23 4:39
affascinante anche senza il sole, ottimi contrasti e nitidezza.
abmdsudi (35250) 2013-11-23 7:43
A pleasant old town scene, must be is a photographers paradise, which you have proved extremely well here. An excellent take on this square so full of detail and architectural splendour with ful; of life despite the greyish day which adds a nice atmosphere. Great shot, tfs
mkamionka (28029) 2013-11-28 4:55
very atmospheric picture, one can feel the rainy mood here. The wet pavement, umbrellas and cloudy sky -it all contributes to it. Nice town square, very attractive presentation,
fabbs99 (13447) 2013-12-01 17:34
Great shot Silvio,
Lovely lights and sharpness.Keep sharing.TFS.
ikeharel (46914) 2013-12-06 7:51
A rainy day in the piazza, well collected inspite a bad weather condition, Silvio.
Contrast between two buildings and long depth on, gave good sense of dimension. The tower is parcially nehind the house, but high above town roof-tops.
People gave life and movement to the whole. Splendid shot.
Miguel82 (16568) 2013-12-06 8:34
A picture taken on a rainy day, nice view of that plazza, good hues and high resolution, I like the view of the architecture and old buildings, all the best, kind regards