The only time I could get my €100 housing deposit back was at noon today so I resigned myself to the fact that I would have to spend my day in Orvieto. Technically, this was my last full day here. After getting my deposit back, I headed over to the duomo to go inside and check it out. It was €3 to enter and walk around. It was cavernous inside but far less gaudy than I had expected. Catholics usually like extravagance in their places of worship.
Parts of the duomo were in a state of decomposition. Wall paintings dating to the 14th century were starting to deteriorate from the walls. They didn’t allow pictures inside so I had to be sneaky to get the few that I did take. The alter was pretty extravagant. Beautifully crafted wood benches lined the alter walls while an enormous crucified Jesus looked solemnly over the fat American tourists. I imagined him saying “I died for this?”
After about 20 minutes I took my leave and decided to indulge myself in an expensive lunch for my last day in Orvieto. I went to a restaurant called Zeppelin and got some salad and gnocchi. It was delicious and well worth the €19 (hey, that’s expensive for a college student!). I then took a long walk around the outskirts of the city enjoying the beautiful views and the fresh, cool air.
Tomorrow I’m trekking out to Pompeii and Wednesday I leave for Rome for a few days before I fly back to the desert oven of the Old Pueblo.
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