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Which hill town in central Italy?

My wife and I would like to spend a night in a central Italy hill town, we will be leaving Naples and going to Florence. Possibly catch a bus from a train station (unknown town) to the hill town. We would spend the night May 1, 2018 (Labor Day) and head to Florence later in the day according to bus/train schedule. Any suggestions?
Gary

Posted by jmauldinuu
New Orleans
318 posts

Orvieto. Right on the train line from Rome to Florence. Take the funicular (then a shuttle bus 5 minutes) from the train station up to the historic part of town.

Posted by jmauldinuu
New Orleans
318 posts

There's also lots of useful information about Orvieto and suggestions for lodging in Rick's ITALY book. Be sure to take time to see inside the cathedral, especially the mind-blowing Last Judgement fresco in a chapel in the cathedral. The Etruscan/medieval caves/storehouses are fascinating; tickets for a tour of them are sold at the TI in the main square across from the cathedral. When you walk with the tour group over the to caves, you'll walk along an overlook from which you can see waaaaayyy over the beautiful countryside. I LOVE Orvieto! Layers and layers and layers of history and architecture. And some pretty good food, too.

Posted by SUSAN
DALTON, MA, USA
127 posts

Another vote for Orvieto! Very easy to train up from Rome. We rented a car at Hertz and stayed up in the hills, looking over at the old town at night-was beautiful. Stayed at Antica Olivaia...awesome place with fabulous owners, who sometimes cook for guests. Terrific! Cannot wait to go back some day.

Posted by geoffleary
22 posts

Loved Orvieto - watch Rick Steeves show on the cathedral and you will be well informed. One of my favorite memories of Europe is sipping a glass of wine with my wife at outside seating of a wine bar on the plaza in front of the cathedral at dusk