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Visitor Information 

The tourist office is opposite the Duomo at Piazza Duomo 24 (www.comune.orvieto.tr.it; (tel) 0763-341-772). It’s open Monday to Friday 8:15am to 1:50pm and 4 to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 1pm and 3:30 to 7pm, and Sunday from 10am to noon and 4 to 6pm.

Festivals & Markets 

Florentines are wimps -- they use a little fake bird to set off the cart of fireworks in front of their cathedral at Easter. The Orvietani use the real thing in La Palombella. On Pentecost Sunday, an unlucky white dove is tied to a frame encircled with flares, which slides down a steel cable and, amid much cheering and doubtless a few animal-rights protests, ignites the fireworks and sparklers strapped to a giant Gothic canopy placed outside the Duomo. Assuming the poor thing doesn't have a heart attack, the dove is then given to the couple last married in the Duomo to be cared for until its natural death.

Umbria Jazz moves from Perugia to Orvieto for the winter, celebrating the last 5 days of the year with wine tastings and jazz artists from around the world. Call tel. 075-573-3363 or visit www.umbriajazz.com for info. There are weekly morning markets on Thursday and Saturday in Piazza del Popolo.

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