Nice Small Hotel or B&B in Ravenna and Orvieto?

We are thinking of a night or two in each of these places in October. I have looked on Tripadvisor for places we might like, and have a few in mind in Ravenna, but when I go to street view they all look so bleak. I am sure they are nice on the inside, but are the streets of Ravenna all like that? Just blank walls with doors? I cannot even tell from the satellite view where the oldtown area is, with maybe a nice piazza. Narrow streets lined with walls were OK in spain (our lodgins in toledo and Cordoba were like that), but there was always a hint of something nice beyond, or a pretty square just around the corner. I can't seem to find that in Ravenna. And then Orvieto doesn't even have a satellite view, let alone street view, at least on my ipad-it's all black, with streets but no features shown. So I couldn't tell anything about location of the various places. So I am looking for suggestions. We are not looking for cheap or luxury, but something in between: a charming place with welcoming staff or owners, and a great location. Something nice or interesting to look at out the window would be nice too. In Ravenna I found Casa Masoli, B&B Anastagi, Il Teatro, and M Club. All of these look very nice, but apart from M Club, which is on a square, the street views are the bleak blank walls. And some of the rooms at M Club look like they have no windows, only skylights. Maybe I am just being picky, since we don't spend much time in the room. But we will be traveling with another copule, and I want both rooms to be nice.

Posted by Laurel
Rome, Italy
2210 posts

Lola we were very happy with B&B Ripa Medici. It is on the edge of Orvieto, with windows that overlook the valley below. Very sweet, breakfast included. There are two rooms and two baths that share a common living area. You can have one room and another couple the other, or rent the whole place as an apartment. Wonderful hostess, free parking in the large Orviato garage a few minutes walk away.

Posted by Michael
Seattle, WA, USA
5776 posts

Here's a webcam in Ravenna on the Piazza del Popolo, to show you one location: Ravenna Webcam

Posted by Carol
Martinez, CA, USA
523 posts

In March 2010 we stayed at Casa Masoli and we loved it. You can check Casa Masoli's website in addition to tripadvisor. The rooms are exactly as pictured, large and well appointed. Our room looked out on the central courtyard. The owner is very friendly and helpful and her mother baked some of the sweets served at the varied and delicious breakfast. While you may think the streets look bleak you have to remember that the 'old towns' of these towns are just that - old, some dating back to the middle ages. Casa Masoli is about one block from a main street with many newer buildings mixed in with some older ones. Casa Masoli is about a 10 minute walk from the train station and in walking distance to most sights.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Thank you both! Casa Masoli is actually my favorite in terms of the rooms. But I can't find anything on the website about whether breakfast is included in the price. Maybe I should just email them and ask?

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Thank you, Laurel. I just spend an hour on the internet looking at places in Orvieto, and that one came out at the top of the list. Each couple could take one room, and they look roughly equivalent. The views look lovely. Are there any terraces or outside spaces? They don't mention it but some photos on Tripadvisor seem to show a small terrace with stone wall. The other one that looks intriguing is Il Cedro di Orvieto, which has a roof terrace.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17792 posts

Lola, Although it's been a few years, I quite enjoyed my stay at Hotel Corso in Orvieto. I found the room to be very comfortable, and the location was great. There was a nice open patio on the same floor as the room, where I enjoyed a few glasses of wine with other guests. As I recall, they did have an Elevator. It's right in the middle of town, somewhat between the Funicular and the Duomo, so very convenient to get around. However, being in town you may not get the great views. I'm typically just in the room to sleep and shower, so was concerned more with the pragmatic aspects of the location, rather than the views. There's a fantastic restaurant close to the Hotel, L'Antica Rupe (not cheap but great food). Happy travels!

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Thanks, Ken. I like that stone terrace. We don't need a view of the countryside; a view over a piazza or rooftops is fine too. I'll add it to the list. I am goin gto need some alternatives because I won't be able to book until our friends decide when they are coming, and it looks like things are already filling up.

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
1972 posts

Lola: Orvieto is just what they say: A hill top town. At the base of the hill (below the city) are a number of modern hotels, accommodations and restaurants. The train station and "interstate" exit are also at the foot of the hill. Most rooms are not up in the city center.
I found a great room on Booking.com at a reasonable price. Some great B&B's are often mentioned on this website.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

Hi David---we actually want to stay in the old city center of Orvieto, up on the hill, not at a modern hotel at the base. We actually have some good leads, thanks to suggestions here. And I may have found one I really like in Ravenna too, Ai Giardini di San Vitale, which has a nice garden.

Posted by HK
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
115 posts

We stayed at Ostello Galletti Abbiosi in Ravenna last summer. Our window opened onto a courtyard, not the street. Central Ravenna is a fairly flat town with narrow streets, so in the center you won't find many places with great views from the hotel windows. We loved Ostello Galletti Abbiosi. The rooms were comfortable, the service was good, and the included breakfast was amazing. I highly recommend it.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

HK, that one is new to me but I will check it out. A window looking into a courtyard would be fine. I know there must be nice things like courtyards behind all those blank walls in Ravenna! So should we spend two nights in Orvieto and one in Ravenna? This will be a side trip from Venice. We don't want to be away from Venice too long (we have an apartment there for the month,msomare paying for theplace there even when elsewhere),but we don't want to shortchange places we visit, either.

Posted by Laurel
Rome, Italy
2210 posts

No outdoor space at Ripa Medici. You are seeing the lane and stone wall the runs alongside the building, below your windows.

Posted by Sasha
Bainbridge Island
1590 posts

Now I am curious. Is Ravenna worth staying overnight? I have been reading the other thread about stopping there for a few hours. We have missed this part of Italy in our travels and I am wondering if we should include it next time? I saw Ravenna mentioned in National Geographic Traveler's list of "20 top places in the world to see" in 2013.

Posted by Carol
Martinez, CA, USA
523 posts

Sasha - Yes it is worth staying overnight in Ravenna. Ravenna has 8 UNESCO world heritage sites and other interesting sights. It would take more than a day to see the most important sights. We spent 3 nights there at Casa Masoli, which gave us 2.5 days. Two full days or even 1.5 might be enough, depending on how much time you would like to spend viewing the mosaics and other monuments and sights. There is also an interesting park called Rocca Brancaleone in what used to be a Venetian fortress. This website gives you some good info as to what to see, then you can decide how much time you need: http://goitaly.about.com/od/ravennaitaly/a/ravenna.htm

Posted by Sasha
Bainbridge Island
1590 posts

Thank you. We are not going to Italy this year but I will put this information in my travel folder for our next trip.

Posted by Robert
Tampa, FL, USA
275 posts

I haven't stayed there yet, but from Rick's book and some message board questions I booked Valentina's B&B in Orvieto for my september trip. She was real helpful via email.

Posted by Sharon
Atlanta
2664 posts

In October we had a great 3-night stay at La Magnolia B & B in Orvieto. It's just around the corner from the Duomo - right in the middle of everything. Our "room" was actually a small apartment with a wonderful kitchen. Breakfast is included and served at the bar downstairs. You can see photos of the rooms on their website to see it they are what you're looking for. We've also stayed at Hotel Corso and it's good too. La Magnolia has more charm.

Posted by Lola
Seattle, WA
5444 posts

OK, the more I see of Orvieto the more intrigued I become. But we will be limited to two nights. I will encourage our friends to get their dates nailed down soon so I can make our reservations. All your suggestions look great; it may just come down to which ones are left.

Posted by Gary
Frisco, TX, United States
28 posts

In 2002 we stayed at the Hotel Doumo in Ovierto. Next to cathedral.

Posted by HK
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
115 posts

In answer to the question above, Ravenna is fabulous and well worth an overnight or longer. We were there for three full days, including a trip to San Marino and the Roman sites in Rimini. Our time was packed and we really want to go back.