This city feels like it has been envisioned in the imagination of Miyazaki - an eccentric mixture of medieval castles, renaissance palaces and early 1900s buildings that have all somehow intertwined so that it’s in many places impossible to say where one building ends and another one begins. Especially the medieval buildings seem to expanded organically to all possible directions, growing bridges and towers like branches of a tree where-ever there has been free space (and sometimes seemingly growing through other buildings too).
And all of this on a dramatic hilltop location, offering staggering vistas and steep streets. But, unlike Orvieto, definitely not an open-air museum, thanks to a lively university scene. Glad to see people under their 50s after the 2 days in Orvieto ;) Writing this on a steps of the cathedral by the main piazza, a place that has been filled with people enjoying the spring sun (and an occasional beer and a panini porchetta like myself) from the morning when I arrived.