You can’t walk around Orvieto and NOT notice the amazing woodwork peeking out here and there. Especially here, on Via Michelangeli.
This alleyway is home to a few trojan horses, and my personal favorite, the cow with a secret compartment!
But where did these masterpieces come from? Bottega Michelangeli has been making wood furniture and whimsical figures since 1789. You can see the woodwork all over Orvieto, in one of our favorite lunch spots, Montanucci’s, for example.
I’ve rested on many Michelangeli benches, although my favorite, “the watermelon bench” has disappeared since my first visit in 2013.
There are also little heads and figures that pop up in random places around town. Keep your eyes peeled and you will find them!
The Michelangeli family are local artists. Their workshop is located right in the heart of Orvieto. An old nineteenth century theater has been transformed into an exclusive workshop to create these unique design pieces. As you can see, the pieces draw from the mythological, the fantastical, nature, and even a child-like magic. You can’t help but smile, and photograph!
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