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“A nice change of pace”
Review of Anello della Rupe

Anello della Rupe
Ranked #19 of 64 things to do in Orvieto
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A nice change of pace”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

We hiked about two-thirds of the way around the walk and thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon. By coincidence the only other walkers we met were English - 'mad dogs and Englishmen out in the midday sun'? Part of the route was reasonably steep, so it probably isn't suitable for those with physical limitations, but it does offer some beautiful views and standing below the city gives you an idea of what a great defensive position it was. We found lots of diversions on the way and it was pleasant to walk among trees and grass after a morning of city sightseeing.

Visited June 2013
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“Beautiful views”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

This walk is great for the views as well as walking from one side of town to the other without having to go through the center. It's also a quick way to the Funicolare, depending on where you are. The views are beautiful, especially around sunset.

Visited May 2013
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“Nice walk around the city with great views.”
Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Our whole family enjoyed this walk around Orvieto. If you have kids who would like to get by some rocks to climb or some grass to play in, then this is a good choice. There are 5 access points around the city (find them on map from information office across from the Duomo). We only did about 1/4 of the walk, but our kids thought it was a highlight of their stay.

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Melbourne, Australia
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“Anello della Rupe - a good walk for an adventure”
Reviewed October 28, 2011

The Anello della Rupe or Ring around the Rock can be an adventure or a strenous walk. It can be accessed from several points, the easiest being the entrance from Piazza Marconi and Palazzo Crispo Marsciano. You will note a large map of Orvieto on a board with the letters PAAO (Parco Archeologico Ambientale dell'Orvietano). The paved area leads between garden beds of roses. This area is wheelchair friendly and leads to the edge of the rock where there is a view over the valley. In the centre is a long circular staircase that leads to the ring road. This is quite a long road with lots of roads joining it or leading off it. You need to have a sense of direction as you could easily get lost and some people may become frightened being in somewhat dense bush at times. Like everything that goes down, you will also need to climb up in some areas - some are steeper than others. Make sure that you are following the sometimes poorly marked route. You could find yourself at a dead end at the end of the cliff with no barrier. You will pass the Necropoli Etrusca (Etruscan town), the Grotto dei tronchi fossili (fossil cave) Porta Soliana. You can decide to leave the route here and walk back into the town, or cross over the funicolare and continue the walk. Here you will also see traces of the medieval cobblestoned road that joined the eastern part of the cliff with the valley of the River.
I would definately not do this walk when dusk or darkness is approaching. While it is lit in a few places, in most places it is not and it would be very difficult finding your way back safely. You will generally find that you are the only walker except for the dog walkers later in the day and the chestnut or mushroom collectors.
You will be rewarded by great views of the tufa rock and see where it has been patched up to prevent further degradation. Some of this patching is actually massive walls, both medieval and modern. The colours on the rocks are delightful and so the play of light across it from time to time. Sometimes there is a break in the growth and you will see across the valley. You will definately hear the distinctive woosh of the Eurostar and Intercity trains hurtling by on the railway lines down below. The town below looks like a toy town on the set of a Swiss model railway set up. In October you will see drifts of tiny wild, pink cyclamen, and dodge the falling horse chestnuts.
There are small markers along the way marking the route and also small markers that tell you what the particular point of interest is.
You will now have to continue walking till you get to Porta Vivaria. This leads via a boardwalk back into the city (mind the step between the boardwalk and the edge of the cobbled path at the gateway). Or if you want you can continue to the Necropoli etrusca, the Chiesa del Crocifisso del Tufo (one of the few 18C examples of architecture in Orvieto). You will then walk back through Porta Maggiori and Via della Cava to Piazza Sant Andrea..
The walk back into town from Porta Vivaria leads between the houses and it is very interesting to peek into gateways and ruined houses and discover lanes leading off to other little and locked churches.

We thoroughly recommend this walk in Orvieto, wear good walking shoes/boots, take plenty of water, a hat if it is summer and use both mosquito repellant and sunscreen.

Visited October 2011
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