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If you're visiting Italy, Orvieto deserves at least a day trip - it is in an excellent position to drop in, just off the highway between Rome and Florence. But there's too much here to pack into one day, so consider taking a bit more time and stay overnight in one of the best places to stay in Orvieto.

Orvieto sits beautifully, but inconveniently, at the top of a steep, volcanic hillside. Founded by the Etruscans, the town was designed to be impregnable. And this lofty position has meant it's been difficult to over-develop the town. Change takes time here, and that's why it's so unspoilt, uncrowded and home to so many of Italy's most beautiful buildings, some of which have been converted to house the best places to stay in Orvieto.

Most travellers will have seen photos of the wonderfully striped and decorative, Gothic cathedral - one of the few sights worthy of being called a 'feast for the eyes'. It took 30 years to complete the building's planning, and then it took another couple of centuries to actually finish, during which time the originally Romanesque design took on a more Gothic shape as the architects, workmen and styles changed.

In fact additions were still being made in the 1960s, that's when the huge bronze doors went in. It's hard to chose highlights from something so impressive, but many people come just to see the frescos, specifically The Last Judgement by Luca Signorelli, which was said to be an inspiration for Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Apparently part of Signorelli's payment for the work was as much local wine as he could drink…

One of Orvieto's other highlights is as opposite as can be from the grand Duomo; Orvieto's underground cave system. There are around 440 caves in the system, used by locals as shelter, refrigerator, wells and even as a dovecote.

Orvieto also has a number of museums. There's an impressive collection of Etruscan artefacts in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, the Museo Claudio Faina e Civico has a significant collection of Greek ceramics and the Museale dell'Opera del Duomo di Orvieto, housed in the former papal palace, has the town's impressive art collection and the religious relics not housed in the cathedral or in Orvieto's numerous churches. And these are jut the tip of the duomo...

If you arrive my rail there's a little funicular railway which runs right into the Piazza Cahen, which makes for an easy and spectacular way of entering the town for the first time.

The Best Places to Stay in Orvieto

Converted Palazzo

  • Locanda Palazzone has all the charms you'd hope to find in a rustic, but gorgeous Umbrian country house. The food is excellent, the views are perfect, and the range of accommodations, from suites to rooms to apartments, makes this an easy and comfortable spot for families and groups.

Country House

  • If you're looking for a remote, peaceful base in Umbria, then you'll find nowhere more perfect than the Eremito Hotelito del Alma. The vibe here is monastic, yet comfortable. There's a heated pool and steam room, but they're hewn directly from the stone of the mountain, and inside Gregorian chants are played. The food is largely home grown and the whole property has around 7000 largely untouched acres. Really something special.

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  • Eremito Hotelito del Alma

    Parrano, Umbria

    A monastic Medieval detox in Umbria, with single 'celluzze' rooms only. Stripped back to essential comforts, such as hand embroidered sheets. Situated in 7000 untouched acres, the house took four years to build from scratch. Vegetarian menu, simple yet chic eco spa, Gregorian chants - near perfect

    14 rooms from $196
    Outstanding location  -  Wonderful peaceful setting surrounded by 7000 acres of private woods and hills, only the sound of wind in the trees at night
    Restaurant  -  Organic homegrown vegetables, vegetarian fixed menu, delectable homemade pasta and exquisite risotto
    Spa  -  Small heated indoor pool hewn from the rocks and steam room
    Outdoor dining
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
  • Locanda Palazzone

    Orvieto, Umbria

    Gorgeous rustic country house with excellent food and lovely views. Various rooms, suites, family rooms and apartments, all simply designed, cater to families, friends, and couples. Swimming pool, terraces, and five course set dinners. A very bucolic spot.

    3 rooms from $208
    Views  -  Hilltop position affording stunning views over the surrounding countryside
    Foodies  -  5 course set dinnners
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
  • La Badia


    Historic abbey, with origins in the 6th century, turned country hotel. Spacious, air conditioned rooms adorned with period features and antique furniture, many with views of the Umbrian countryside. The restaurant offers good local wines and authentic Italian cuisine. A unique country retreat.

    27 rooms from $213
    Sights nearby  -  Orvieto is very close by. Also easy to reach are Todi, Perugia, Assisi and Gubbio.
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the surrounding Umbrian countryside
    Local markets  -  Explore the local street market in Orvieto
    Cooking classes  -  Hotel run cooking classes
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