The 21st Umbria Winter Jazz Festival in Orvieto Italy 2014

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Orvieto Le Dôme-Façade-Ombrie-Italy- (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Apse: stained-glass quadrifore; fresc...

English: Apse: stained-glass quadrifore; frescoes with scenes from the life of Mary by Ugolino di Prete Ilario (1370); polychrome wooden crucifix by Maitani; Cathedral of Orvieto, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The nave of Orvieto Cathedral, Italy, has two ...

The nave of Orvieto Cathedral, Italy, has two stages: arcade and simple clerestory windows separated by a cornice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Coronation of the Virgin; mosaic on t...

English: Coronation of the Virgin; mosaic on the top gable of the cathedral; Orvieto, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Genesis : Adam and Eve, the original ...

English: Genesis : Adam and Eve, the original sin; marble relief on the left pier of the façade of the cathedral; Orvieto, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The delightful town of Orvieto is perched halfway between heaven and earth on a plateau over 900 feet above sea level. Take a funicular to the top of the cliff to visit the medieval historic center.

Did you get a chance to attend the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival in Orvieto that was held between December 28th, 2013 and January 1st, 2014? If not, start making plans to join the Orvietani next year. Watch the bands marching along Corso Cavour and enjoy an elaborates New Year’s Eve Dinner while jazz artists rings in the New Year.

There are plenty of enchanting venues in this town including: Teatro Mancinelli, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Palazzo dei Sette, Museo Emilio Greco or the Palazzo del Gusto in the medieval district.

English: Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Orvi...

English: Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, Orvieto, Italy Began in the 12th century in Roman-Gothic style (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A glass of Orvieto wine, with the Duo...

English: A glass of Orvieto wine, with the Duomo as the backdrop. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the 2013 Program:

The UJW #21 Programme day per day

English: Angel, attribute of Matthew the Evang...

English: Angel, attribute of Matthew the Evangelist; bronze attributed to Lorenzo Maitani and his collaborators on the left pier of the façade of the cathedral; Orvieto, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Orvieto has one of the most spectacular cathedrals in Italy! The town’s crowning jewel; the Romanesque-Gothic Duomo was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio. I love Lorenzo Maitani‘s bas-reliefs. The marble reliefs on the facade  depict scenes from the Old and New Testament at the base of the pilasters on the front of the church.  The fourth pier on the right of the Duomo shows the damned and the Ressurection of the Flesh. These scenes are similar to Michelangelo’s Last Judgement in the Sistine Chapel.

Orvieto

Orvieto (Photo credit: HerryLawford)

The Cathedral was started in 1290 when Pope Nicholas IV blessed the first stone. The inside and the outside of the Duomo are covered with basalt and travertine stripes. The façade has glistening mosaics including “The Coronation of the Virgin” in the central gable. A  14th century rose-shaped stained glass window by Orcagna is surrounded by carved statues of saints.

English: Genesis : Creation of Eve; marble rel...

English: Genesis : Creation of Eve; marble relief on the left pier of the façade of the cathedral; Orvieto, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every year, this charming town hosts the annual Umbria Winter Jazz Festival between December 29th and January 2nd. The events include 400 artists with 250 concerts including performances by Chick Corea, Stefano Bollani and other notable jazz performers.

Chick Corea, photo taken at live performance i...

Chick Corea, photo taken at live performance in 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Listen to Chick Corea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnSC0tRmya4 and Stefano Bollani http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18V_Leje19A. Tickets are available at www.umbriajazz.com.

Attend the outdoor Jazz Concert on New Year’s Eve. Stay for the Gospel Performance in front of the Cathedral on New Year’s Day.

English: Palazzo Soliano and Museo Emilio Grec...

English: Palazzo Soliano and Museo Emilio Greco, next to the cathedral; Orvieto, Italy Italiano: Palazzo Soliano e Museo Emilio Greco, affianco al Duomo; Orvieto, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit the Museum next door to the Duomo in the former Papal Palace to see sculptures by Andrea Pisano and Luca Signorelli’s beautiful “Mary Magdalene.” Orvieto’s shops are loaded with painted pottery. One of the local artists makes beautiful bowls and furniture carved from olive wood. There are plenty of cafes, wine bars and restaurants. Visit the Piazza del Popolo and try Orvieto’s famous D.O.C. wine.

To learn more about Italy read www.vino-con-vista.com Travel Guides and

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