Torre del Moro, originally known as Torre del Papa, is a tower 47 meters high adjacent to the Palazzo dei Sette, in Orvieto. From the top of the tower, a bird eye’s view of the entire city below is unfolding in all its splendor.
The tower was built towards the end of the 13th century, at the same time with the restoration of the existing buildings and the construction of new buildings.
In the 16th century, the tower was renamed Torre del Moro, after Raffaele Gualterio, known as Il Moro, who also gave his name to Palazzo Gualterio and to the entire district.
In 1865, a water tank was placed in the Torre del Moro, at the height of 18 meters. One year later, in 1866, the mechanical clock and the two bells were added to the tower. One of the bells came from Torre di Sant’Andrea and the other from Palazzo del Popolo.
HOW TO GET THERE
The closest bus station is Piazza Duomo, right in front of the Cathedral of Orvieto, about 300 meters away from the tower or about 4 minutes on foot. To get to the tower, you must walk on Via del Duomo over its entire length.
To get up to the top of the tower, you can take an elevator to the second floor, and climb a lot of steps until you reach the spectacular terrace, from which you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the city.