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“Beautiful but stark” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Duomo di Orvieto

Duomo di Orvieto
Piazza del Duomo, Orvieto, Italy
045-595-627
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Ranked #1 of 23 Attractions in Orvieto
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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Owner description: Orvieta's magnificent Duomo (cathedral) is considered one of the must-see churches in Italy for its stunning gold-and-mosaic Gothic façade and magnificent frescoes by Luca Signorelli, which had a great influence on Michelangelo's work in the Sistine Chapel.
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“Beautiful but stark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

This duomo is absolutely beautiful on the outside, but plainer inside. Still, it was nice to see the inside.

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“beautiful on the outside - but inside is not essential”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

The outside of this cathedral is fabulous. IT is definitely the highlight. The inside is quite plain except for one chapel, which has a very impressive fresco. You have to pay to go in most of the time. It's not as impressive inside as you'd expect from the outside. Worth it just for the one chapel, but not essential if you've just been to a large assortment of fantastic churches in Rome!

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“Breathtaking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

The duomo is dwarfing as you enter the main piazza. The front facade has an amazing amount of intricacies including reliefs and mosaics. Once inside the size is emphasized by the emptiness of the cathedral. We went on a Sunday morning an entrance was free as it was open for mass and communions hence the chapel on the left was also open. Although the other wasn't. Well worth the visit.

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“What a gorgeous Duomo, simply magnificent.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

It is a must see in Italy. The Duomo on the outside has bright color tiles and statues of scenes from the bible. The inside has magnificent paintings. It is simply elegant.

Visited April 2013
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“A Magnificent Structure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Amazing! The exterior front facade is elaborately decorated in colorful mosaic scenes that are a national treasure. We want to return to Orvieto to spend more time experiencing this delightful small city.

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