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Orte is a city in the province of Viterbo in the Italian region of Lazio. For most people it is just a very noticeable hill town on the Autostrada between Rome and Florence, about 60km north of Rome, but it is well worth taking the trouble for a quick visit. Orte is built on tufo (tuff) rock and overlooks the valley of the River Tiber. From the 6th Century B.C. it was an important Etruscan center and Etruscan caves can still be seen in the side of the tufo rock.

Get in[edit]

Orte is on the main railway line between Rome and Florence. It is the junction for the line to Umbrian towns such as Assisi.

By car it is at an important junction between the A1 and the highway that connects Perugia and Spoleto with Viterbo.

Get around[edit]

The town is located a few km north of the railway junction at Orte Scalo. Taxis are available.


Orte has an elliptical layout following the contours of the hill. Things to see include remains of an aqueduct, some notable medieval palaces and interesting churches.


As Orte is built on a Tuff cliff, there are many tunnels and caverns within the hill. These can be visited with a tourguide. [1]





  • Locanda San Lorenzo. Modern building on a hilltop overlooking Orte. Euro 64-76 for a double. Phone Cellular in English :+39.339.8619328 [2]

Get out[edit]

Orte is close to many interesting towns. It is just a short distance from Orvieto. Many of the surrounding villages are fascinating.

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