When you are driving on A1 going south towards Rome from Florence to the right you will approach a Medieval structure high on the hill. It is an imposing structure and quite beautiful; built with the influence of Lorenzo Maitani (c. 1275-1330), the Italian architect and sculptor primarily responsible for the construction and decoration of the facade of 14th Century Orvieto Cathedral. Notice the fascinating sculptures from scenes of Genesis. Among these are Adam & Eve in the garden of Eden.
The Gothic facade of the Orvieto Cathedral is one of the great masterpieces of the Late Middle Ages. The three-gable design is attributed to Maitani. The flagstone of the cathedral was laid on 13 November 1290 by Pope Nicholas IV.
You can sit at a cafe and behold the beauty of this structure for hours, sipping wine and cheese. It is quite impressive and for me, my favorite church in Italy. There is a story that states at the end of the world the angels will descend down from heaven to Orvieto and carry the cathedral up to heaven.