Corso Cavour, 87
05018 Orvieto (TR)
Ph. Number: +39 0763 344567
MonumentOrvieto city center, Onetcard price 2,00 €
The towers in the Middle Ages represent the strength and the Blazon of the noble families who competed for power; the city of Orvieto is no exception to this logic and on the cliff there were many majestic towers faced to witness the role played by each House within the society of the town; however the continuing crashes, the passing of time and the habit to break down Towers of the enemy families in case of victory ensured few surviving towers were arrived intact to the present day. Among these, the tower of Moro and the Tower of Mauritius are the most popular in Orvieto. However, the two towers are totally different stories between them.
The first, originally called “Pope’s Tower“, was ceded in 1515 by Pope Leo X to the people of Orvieto and was renamed “tower of the moor”, allegedly in reference to a Orvieto nicknamed “the moor” who resided in a House very close to the tower. 47 meters tall, a clock, two bells placed in line with the four cardinal points, is a central element. It stands on the intersection of four historic districts: Serancia, Olmo, Corsica and Stella.
In 1875 two old city bells were placed, the smaller from San’Andrea Tower, and the other from Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo on which it was set in 1313. In that year, the regent Poncello Orsini, Capitan of the People in that period, ordered to impress symbolic elements on the bell: the coat of arms and the emblem of the Capitan of the People, the symbols of the 25 arts and the seal of people of Orvieto. These two bells still beat time today. Moreover, on the structure of the tower some famous Dante Alighieri’s lines were engraved, they are a quote dealing with the awful conflict between Monaldeschi and Filippeschi, the two most powerful families in Orvieto that disputed the supremacy over the town: “Come and behold Montecchi and Cappelletti, Monaldi and Filippeschi, careless man, those already sad, and these doubt-depressed!” (Dante Aligheri, The Divine Comedy, Purgatory Sixth Canto).
TORRE DEL MORO
Opening Days And Hours
March, from April to September, October
Every days at: 10.00 – 19.00
May and August
Every days at: 10.00 – 20.00
November and February
Every days at: 10.30 – 16.30
The epigraph of the famous lines by Dante Alighieri
Ordinary Ticket: 2,80 €
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