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Orvieto's Sistine-like Chapel of San Brizio

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Orvieto Cathedral's Chapel of San Brizio is one of the most jaw-dropping pieces of art you'll see in Italy. Painted by Luca Signorelli (who inspired Michelangelo), it's a twisted and vivid look at the psyche of the late 1400s. It's so fun to be updating my guidebook to Italy with a good local guide (David Tordi helped me in Orvieto). I slipped in a busy day of research in Orvieto after saying good-bye to our film crew in Assisi and before reporting for guidebook duty in Florence. And I'm glad I did. I love Orvieto.

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