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Finally, the sight of people just as the sky and mist have cleared up. I was starting to think that we've entered a ghost town, the dark and murky atmosphere reminiscent of murder scenes shot in the foggy streets of London. Sometimes, crowds can be a relief as much as they are a source of anxiety.
Naturally, most of the tour groups flocked to the Duomo, some lingering outside to appreciate the intricacies of its exterior, trying to make sense of the carved panels around the rose window. Some have flocked to the nearby souvenir stores, choosing among the many scarves and bags on sale. Sadly, not many has stopped to appreciate the bell tower that's standing in the middle of Piazza Duomo.
The Orvieto symbol is impossible to miss but easy to ignore due to its metallic, almost average look. But if only people knew that this particular piece of clockwork engineering has been precisely telling the time for almost six hundred years, they wouldn't be so keen to dismiss it as another tower in the square. In fact, it is considered to be one of the oldest automated clocks ever documented. And incredibly, Maurizio, the little bell ringer with a hat, still continues to strike the bell until today. So the next time you find yourself in Orvieto, give Maurizio a little wave.
📍Torre di Maurizio, Orvieto, Italy
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