Orvieto, Italy, is built high on a rocky precipice in an important wine-producing region of southern Umbria 60 mi/95 km north of Rome.

It's best known for its Gothic cathedral (note particularly the gabled facade). Also see the town square and the cool Pozzo di San Patrizio (Well of St. Patrick), and try some of the justly famous white wine, Orvieto Classico.

If you have time, tour the caves that run underneath the town.

During late December or early January, Orvieto hosts the world-famous Winter Umbria Jazz festival, when the charming, serpentine medieval streets come alive. http://www.umbriajazz.com.

Orvieto is a good place for a lunch stop on the road from Rome to Perugia, Assisi or Florence.

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