The train goes to Orvieto Scalo, which is on the plain. Orvieto is impressively situated on top of a cliff. We cycled the four kilometers uphill to the old town.
We only had the town map in the Lonely Planet, which shows just a few random street names. Orvieto is a rabbit warren of old, but very beautiful streets and so we wheeled our bikes through the town, navigating by the sun, helped by trial and error and the odd clue from the map.
We finally found Via Ripa Medici but couldn’t find number 14. We eventually discovered that we wanted ‘Vicola Ripa Medici 14’, and a 'vicola' is a small street running off a 'via'.