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Orvieto is a town in southwestern Umbria. In Etruscan times it was known as Velzna. In 264 BC, it was conquered by the Romans, who called it Volsinii.

Orvieto is noted for its Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, designed by Arnolfo di Cambio[?], with construction beginning in 1290. Inside the cathedral is Luca Signorelli's masterpiece, his fresco of the Last Judgment (1499).

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