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About Orvieto

Just off the highway between Rome and Florence, Orvieto is relegated to a day trip by many, but our Gurus believe its pleasures deserve a bit more time, so have come up with some recommendations for the best places to stay in Orvieto to try to entice you. Orvieto has a broader range of accommodation options than many local towns too, including a wine resort, two spa resorts and a collection of hotels, as well as the usual B&Bs and villa and palazzo conversions.

Orvieto sits spectacularly, but slightly inconveniently, at the top of a steep volcanic hillside — but that was what the Etruscans hoped for when they designed an impregnable town! The location is a huge challenge for developers, and Orvieto’s historic centre has changed painstakingly slowly over the years, so many of the best places to stay in Orvieto are outside the historic walls. But out Gurus do have a couple of Orvieto hotels within the walls on their list. The upside of Orvieto’s slow change is that it’s unspoilt, unchanged, and that some of the best hotels in Orvieto have been converted from incredibly beautiful, historic buildings.

In addition to the art, architecture and scenery, you really shouldn’t miss out on the cuisine, and our Gurus recommend almost all the hotels on their list of the best places to stay in Orvieto to foodies.

The best places to stay in Orvieto

For The Views

  • The Locanda Palazzone has all the charms you'd hope to find in a gorgeously rustic Umbrian country villa: excellent food served in five course set banquets, paired with exceptional local wines, stylish surrounds, and a beautiful pool and terrace. But it also has incredible views if you like patchwork hills and stunning light. Great for foodies, this is also a good choice for families, because, believe it or not they serve a special menu tailored to your kids and what they enjoy. And some of their suites are family-sized. Bliss for all!

For an Indulgent escape

  • Idyllically located in the hills above Orvieto, the Altarocca Wine Resort is a purpose built wine resort with an indulgent onsite spa and excellent restaurant. The menu is all about local cuisine, and of course, local wines.
  • Borgo La Chiaracia is a five star spa resort about ten kilometres from Orvieto, and close to the Lago di Bolsena. Designed to pamper, the sleek, state-of-the-art spa has beautiful pools — indoor and outdoor — plus hot tubs, a sauna and a number of elegant treatment rooms. The restaurant is headed by a chef who has earnt his stripes in Michelin-starred kitchens and the wine cellar is extremely impressive too. There are just 26 rooms and suites, spread between three traditional buildings, and surrounded by lush, serene grounds.

For a Rural Retreat

  • Built by hand, this medieval monastery has its latest incarnation as a 14 room retreat called Eremito Hotelito del Alma. Remote-feeling, and on its own 7000 acre estate, but only about ten kilometres north of Orvieto, this is a proper retreat, with rooms converted from the monks’ cells, stone walls, and only the essential comforts — like hand embroidered sheets. There’s an excellent Vegetarian set menu and a spa with a heated pool and steam room — hewn directly from the stone of the mountain — where you can relax with the calming music of Gregorian chants.

For Families

  • Misia Country Resort & Spa is in the quiet village of Rocca Ripesena, which is about two kilometres from the historic centre of Oriveto, surrounded by rural views. It has just 12 rooms and self-contained apartments, all of them bright and decorated with contemporary furnishings. One of the apartments has a games room as well as living space, so it’s an extra good pick for families. There’s no restaurant, but they offer breakfast.

For Great Value

  • The Ripa Medici Rooms and Suites is a charming townhouse B&B magically positioned overlooking the walls of Orvieto, so the views of the surrounding countryside are incredible. This is a small property, with three double rooms and a couple of suites with kitchenettes, all of them decorated in a rustic, homely style, with a pastel palette and a smattering of florals. Romantic, cosy and in town.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that you'd prefer to book a villa or apartment, we recommend you visit our online booking partner, Booking.com, where you'll find a wide range from budget to boutique.

Travel information

  • The best way to get to Orvieto are from the airports of Rome or Perugia, roughly an hour and a half away from the city centre.
  • Alternatively, Orvieto's train station is on a main route that travels from Rome to Milan and passes through major cities including Florence, Arezzo and Bologna. If you arrive by 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.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Best time to visit: Although Orvieto displays a variety of attractions throughout the year, the best times to visit are during the pleasant summer months when temperatures range between 20 to 28° C, or right after the winter (February to March) to enjoy the Gothic architecture and welcome the spring flowers.

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Best Hotels in Orvieto

  • Ripa Medici Rooms and Suites Orvieto (TR) 3 rooms from £61

    Country Escape  -  A homely property offering spectacular views from it's cliffside vantage point, overlooking the undulating Umbrain countryside.
    Theatre  -  Follow one of the towns oldest traditions and make sure you visit the Teatro Mancinelli for a lively and varied programme
    Sights nearby  -  Explore 100's of years of history from the 11th century Duomo di Orvieto to the 16th century Pozzo di San Patrizio
    Museums  -  Head to the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo di Orvieto and Museo Claudio Faina e Civico for a dose of culture.
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    A lovely townhouse B&B set on a hill, offering wonderful views over the town and countryside. There are either double rooms or suites with kitchenettes, all decorated in an elegant rustic-chic style, with a pastel palette and pretty, feminine antiques and floral fabrics. A romantic, cosy base. See More

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  • Altarocca Wine Resort Orvieto (05010 Terni TR) 36 rooms from £108

    Total relaxation  -  This slow paced paradise also offers a spa complete with indoor heated pool, a Finnish sauna, a Turkish bath, and massage rooms.
    Hotel Entertainment  -  Guests find it hard to drag themselves away from the 'slow food' restaurant, expert wine pairings and tastings in the cellar.
    Great walks  -  Head out on one of the peaceful rural paths to soak in some fresh country air filled with scents of herbs, grapes and roses.
    Romantic Break  -  An idyllic adults only resort offering fabulous food, an extensive wine list, spectacular views and chic suites.
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    A lovely vineyard resort with a choice of indoor and outdoor pools as well as an indulgent on-site spa. Interiors are unfussy and fresh, exuding simple elegance. Rooms are similarly smart, with sink-into beds and great views. The restaurant serving regional Umbrian cuisine is a real highlight. See More

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  • Misia Country Resort & Spa Orvieto (Umbria) 12 rooms from £113

    Country Escape  -  Overlooking the beautiful woodlands outside of Orvieto, this resort makes a great escape to the country
    Local exploring  -  Located close to Orvieto, there is plenty of local exploring to do surrounding the hotel
    Families  -  The self-contained apartments are perfect for families travelling with children
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Orvieto Cathedral, a large 14th-century Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
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    This hotel is located in the quiet village of Rocca Ripesena. The resort offers private rooms and self-contained apartments; the accommodation is bright and spacious with a blend of modern and classic interior design. Book an apartment with a games room for added family fun; a charming country stay. See More

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  • Borgo La Chiaracia Orvieto (Castel Giorgio) 26 rooms from £148

    Romantic Break  -  With its tranquil country setting, luxurious rooms and sleek spa, this hotel ticks the boxes for a romantic getaway
    Country Escape  -  Located in the quiet and picturesque Umbrian countryside, this hotel is the perfect escape to the country
    Spa breaks  -  The hotel's state-of-the-art spa facilities make it a great option for a spa break holiday
    Great walks  -  Plan a day of long walks to explore the Umbrian countryside at the nearby Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    This five-star resort and spa is nestled in the Umbrian countryside. The well-appointed rooms are spread across three traditional buildings. Rooms are inspired by classic design and feature luxury fabrics; the best suites have a private terrace. Book into the serene hotel spa; an indulgent resort. See More

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  • Locanda Palazzone Orvieto, Umbria 5 rooms from £187

    Sights nearby  -  Take the funicular railway to Orvieto (a no car town) and check out the Duomo and Luca Signorelli's magnificent frescoes.
    Wine tasting  -  A perfect location to taste the deliscous white wine produced on site, guests can even help out at harvesting time!
    Cooking classes  -  For those wishing to bring home more than a tan. two hour private cookery lessons can be arranged with the chef.
    Foodies  -  A foodies heaven set on one of Umbria’s most famous wine farms, and serving five course set dinnners
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape, Sawdays

    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. See More

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  • Eremito Hotelito del Alma Parrano, Umbria 14 rooms from £326

    Eco break  -  No phones, tvs, or fridges in the rooms; all power comes from a photovoltaic system and candles are the main source of lighting
    Back to Nature  -  Wonderful peaceful setting surrounded by 7000 acres of private woods and hills, only the sound of wind in the trees at night
    Total relaxation  -  Exuding pared back monastic charm, think candlelight, stone chambers, yoga, meditation and excellent vegetarain food
    All inclusive  -  The price quoted includes all meals (vegetarian) and local wines, hot & cold drinks and use of the relaxation area
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    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 See More

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