The perfect location for a photografic tour in Italy among Tuscany, Umbria and Rome
Our Italian photographic custom tours are based in the historic centre of the ancient city of Orvieto in Umbria, in Central Italy.
Orvieto is situated at the cusp of three regions: Umbria, Tuscany and the lesser known Latium, the region of Rome.
Orvieto, perched on a volcanic rock, is known the world over for its gothic cathedral and fine wine, but it is also deservedly famous for its wonderful restaurants and wine bars – Orvieto is after all the home of Slow Food.
Orvieto is mainly pedestrianised and is a delight to amble round. It boasts fine shops, delightful street cafés, cocktail bars as well as street theatre, concerts and dance festivals in the summer months. Orvieto doesn’t have a single traffic light.
Orvieto is on the main north-south rail route and autostrada, one hour north of Rome, 90 minutes south of Florence. The famous Tuscan wine district of Montalcino (home of Brunello) is half an hour away. In fact many of the world’s finest wines come from a radius of 50km from Orvieto.
The ancient Romans called this part of Central Italy Etruria and the inhabitants Etruscans, later on this area became known as Tuscia – whence the word Tuscany.
Here you’ll see the remains of ancient civilisations, Etruscan cemeteries, Roman aqueducts, Mediaeval castles and churches, Renaissance buildings and gardens. But there are natural beauties as well, the unrivalled beauties of the Tuscan countryside below Sienna with its clumps of cypresses, the lovely Lake Bolsena, the nearby wonders of the Mediterranean coast.