Orvieto is a small city on a plateau of volcanic rock above a verdant valley. Inhabited since the days of the Etruscans, it is an ideal location for an archeological museum. Don't miss the Museo Archeologico Claudio Faina and its Greek, Etruscan, and Roman collections. For more information consult http://www.orvietoonline.com/umbria_orvieto_museo_faina_orvieto.html
Who says a museum needs walls? Orvieto has a spectacular underground network of tunnels and caverns. The guided tour lasts about an hour in which you'll experience the results of some 2500 years of digging. For more information consult http://www.orvietounderground.it/index.php?lang=en
Perugia, the regional capital, is a medieval hilltop town known for a Jazz Festival, chocolates, Italian-language schools, and a whole lot more. Check out the National Archaeological Museum of Perugia, perhaps in comparison with its Orvieto cousin. For more information consult http://www.archeopg.arti.beniculturali.it/index.php?en/89/national-archaeological-museum-of-perugia
The Thirteenth Century Palazzo dei Priori (Palace of the Priors) is now Perugia's town hall and houses three museums including the National Gallery of Umbria, a top of the line museum devoted to local artists. For more information consult http://www.perugiacittamuseo.it/museo.php?idpag=111&idmuseo=3&lng=en and check out a multitude of other Perugia museums including an Etruscan well.
Torgiano is a small town about 6 miles or 10 kilometers southeast of Perugia. It hosts the Wine Museum of the Fondazione Lungarotti, Europe's finest wine museum as well as an olive-olive oil museum. For more information on the former consult http://www.made-in-italy.com/winefood/wine/museum.htm . Please note, this article is old and you will have to pay in Euros and not in Italian Lire.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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