Of Orvieto‘s most beautiful squares, three stand out in particular. The city’s main square is Piazza del Duomo, home of the Cathedral and a number of museums. Piazza della Repubblica, which includes the city’s town hall, used to be the main square of the city. The third beautiful square is the Piazza del (Capitano del) Popolo.
Main squares Orvieto
Piazza del Duomo
The Piazza del Duomo is Orvieto’s largest, most important and famous square. It is here that one of the most impressive cathedrals in the world can be seen. Under the name Palazzi Papali, there are also some important historic buildings, almost all of which have been turned into museums. The city’s tourist office and the starting point of the famous Orvieto Underground Tour are also located here.
Piazza della Repubblica
The Piazza della Repubblica is located at the end of the main street Corso Cavour. The main buildings in the square are the Palazzo Comunale and the Sant’Andrea Church, where three different popes have been crowned. Before the square received its present name it was called Piazza Maggiore. Until the construction of the Duomo, it was Orvieto’s main square.
Piazza del Capitano del Popolo
On Thursday and Saturday mornings a market is held in the Piazza del Capitano del Popolo. It is also here that important events such as the Umbria Jazz Festival and the Corpus Domini take place. The square is lined by beuatiful buildings, including the Palazzo del Popolo. On weekdays, Piazza del Popolo, as it is usually called, serves as a parking lot.
The Piazza Febei is a small square near the San Francesco Church, on the south side of Orvieto’s historic center. It is therefore usually referred to as Piazza San Francesco by locals themselves.