Let me ask this????

in my earlier post I asked about adding Assisi to our itinery and eliminating a night in Milan. The recommendations were to do 2 nights in Assisi and take out a night in Milan and Orvieto (I planned 3 nights there).

Would it make more sense to eliminate Orvieto all together and do the 3 night in Assisi instead?

Posted by Frances
San Diego
781 posts

my 2 cents worth.
I enjoyed Orvieto and Assisi much more than Milan.
I feel you could see Milan in one day - I did a 1/2 day bus and walking tour that
included the Last Supper, and the museum inside La Scala, and Sforzesco Castle
We had plenty of time to visit the Duomo, go up to the roof, have a nice lunch
and wander around the city.

I spent 2 1/2 day in Assisi and 2 1/2 days in Orvieto - lots of see and visit
in both places.
But - remember this is just my 2 cents worth.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
5521 posts

How many nights do you have in total?
Milan is worth a day. I would visit it on the day of arrival (if you land in the AM) or the day before your departure (if you fly out of Milan, since in that case you need to spend the night before your flight there).
I think both Orvieto and Assisi are worth a visit. And since they are so close to each other, you shouldn't eliminate either.
One full day each is plenty to see them. Of course, 2 nights in a place is really just one full day in that place (from dawn to night). So you could spend 2 nights in Assisi and 2 nights in Orvieto and have more than enough time to visit both.
Another alternative, if you have a car and only 3 nights available, is to stay 3 nights in one of the two locations and visit the other as a day trip. Orvieto and Assisi are less than 90 min drive apart. That would save you the pain of having to unpack/repack/check in & out from hotels twice, which probably takes longer than driving from one to the next. If you don't have a car the train trip is a bit longer than driving (2.5 hours on average, with one train change), still doable but a little less time available. It's up to you of course.

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
5896 posts

What makes sense depends on what kind of experience you want. Both Assisi and Orvieto are big daytrip destinations, and have a very different character in the early morning and evening/night. I would spend two nights in each if you can, and one night in Milan provided you can give it nearly a full day.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
21744 posts

I'd suggest keeping Orvieto on the list, as it's a beautiful and historic city, with a really nice ambience in the evenings. There are some interesting sights there including St. Patrick's Well (an incredible engineering feat in its day) and the Signorell frescoes on the ceiling of the Duomo are well worth seeing. Assisi is also a beautiful town, and the Basilica of St. Francis is very impressive. There are some other smaller Churches and other sights that are also worth seeing.

I'd suggest two nights in each, but not sure if you have enough time to make that work.

Posted by Carol
Martinez, CA, USA
767 posts

Agree you should not drop Orvieto. We spent 4 nights in Orvieto and 5 in Assisi and feel 2 nights is not enough in either town but 2 in each is preferable to dropping one of them. They each have their own personality and each has so many interesting sights. We used the RS Italy book as our guide as to which sites to visit. With good planning you can select those most interesting to you and really enjoy both towns. Also agree with some responders to your first post that you should not visit Civita di Bagnoregio. It's claim to fame is that it is on a mountain top that will eventually fall into the valley and that you must walk across a bridge to get there. Other than that, it is a hill town with few residents, some shops, restaurants, and abandoned buildings. Pretty, yes. Worth giving up one day in Orvieto, no.