One could write odes to the Orvieto roosters, those hand painted ceramic pitchers that prance across the shelves of most ceramic shops in Orvieto. You can find just about any color and design to delight the eye. It is one of the most practical of gifts, guaranteed to find many uses: a small one for cream, medium size for juice or milk and a larger for a liter of wine.
Perched atop a giant mound of tufo created by an ancient volcano, Orvieto is one of the most colorful towns in Umbria. Famous for its glorious Duomo whose façade of thousands of glass mosaics glitter in the sun, there are also tens of dozens of ceramic shops that lend color to each little street or vicolo. There are traditional and modern takes on hand painted ceramics and you can watch artisans at their craft in some studios. Take the time to visit several and you will be amazed at their workmanship. Wander around making friends with these cheerful creatures and you will become cocksure in Orvieto!