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Orvieto Accommodation

Hello and thank you again to those of you who helped me with the Sicily portion of our vacation. Now we are on to Orvieto (fly from Catania to Rome - train to Orvieto Easter Monday) We have decided, after a lot of research on this forum, to base in Orvieto for 5 nights( 4 days) before taking the train back to Rome on Saturday to fly home on the Sunday. We will take day trips (train & buses) to Cortona and Civita di Bagnoregio and maybe a wine tasting at one of the nearby wineries. Not hugely ambitious, but without a car, I think this will be all that is manageable.
I have been researching accommodation using the forum & Rick's 2019 Italy book and have become quite overwhelmed! One gets a little bleary-eyed after looking at so many. I know Hotel Virgilio has been recommended here, but I have read some recent poor reviews on Trip advisor and it $147Cad, which I wouldn't mind paying if it got good reviews & the rooms were a little bigger. Has anyone stayed at any of the following places in Orvieto?
1. Affittacamere Valentina - $126Cad
2. B & B Michelangeli - $121 Cad
3. La Magnolia - $97Cad
Or are there any other fovourite accommodations you can suggest?
Thank you in advance.

Posted by
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On a 30 day trip to Italy our favorite place we stayed at was B&B Ripa Medici in Orvieto. The owner was what made this so special.

Posted by
247 posts

It is not your plan but may I suggest that you consider renting a car in Orvieto and stay at a nearby Agriturismo.
I suggest this one...and I have no affiliation, only fond memories and plans to return. Orvieto is a short ride away and your view is of Civita.
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6238461?source_impression_id=p3_1563888607_J5lqrt%2F7%2Be58KCoE
This area can be best explored with a car and it is super easy to do...don't let anyone scare you away from driving. You can drive to Tarquinia, Montepulciano, Sienna, the Lakes, everything in this area is within a short drive away.

Posted by
866 posts

My sweet sister and I stayed at Valentina B&B in Orvieto for two nights in summer 2016. It was lovely, clean and comfy, in a great location in town, about 10 minutes walk from the Duomo (mini-bus from the top of the funicular drops you there), so an easy walk for us who were using public transportation. Our rate did not include breakfast, but I seem to recall a mini-fridge, so we ate easily in our room - actually out on the tiny balcony, enjoying the morning breeze and all of the kitties on the Orvieto rooftops. I would definitely stay there again.

Posted by
1018 posts

Several years ago I stayed at the Hotel Corso on Corso Cavour, 339 and it was very comfortable.

I spent three nights here, which were two nights too many in Orvieto. It seems almost everything closes at 9 pm.

Buon Viaggio,

Posted by
3112 posts

I've twice stayed at Affittacamere Valentina (aka B&B Valentina) and enjoyed both stays. It's on a quiet street with fairly flat walks to many sights and restaurants.

Posted by
7732 posts

FWIW, allow me to suggest that you use euro references rather than some other currency in your postings. That way we're all on the same page.

Good luck.

Posted by
211 posts

Check out Hotel Virgilio. Great reviews and reasonable rates. We are staying there in October. Next door to the Duomo and very convenient.

Posted by
451 posts

My husband and I stayed at La Magnolia a few years ago. We were in a room at the front of the b&b, overlooking the street. We enjoyed the view, but if you are a light sleeper and tend to go to bed a bit early, there will be some noise from people enjoying local restaurants. Our room was absolutely clean. Breakfast at the bar/restaurant next door was continental. The location was excellent for exploring Orvieto. If you are using it as the base for 5 nights, I wonder if you might prefer La Magnolia's apartment? I believe it is quite a bit bigger and probably includes kitchen facilities.

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We stayed at LaMagnolia last year for five nights. It is a lovely, clean place right near everything! I loved coming out onto a busy street, in the middle of all the action. It was a climb to the apartment (67 stairs), but even as seniors we got used to it quickly. We were allowed use of washing machine, which was a plus as we stayed there at the end of a 3+ week vacation. The price was certainly right for a pleasant one bedroom apartment, living room, kitchen and bath - less than $100 eu. The owner showed us the other units that were more like hotel rooms and they were really beautiful. I'd stay there again and again!

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Thank you to one & all for your much appreciated suggestions. You people are the best! It is good to know that a couple of you have stayed at Affittacamere Valentina & can give it a thumbs up. Regarding La Magnolia - being a senior myself, I must admit I was a bit put off by the steep stairs & the busy street mentioned - I did notice this on the website as well, but thank you for pointing that out.

Bob - I checked out the B & B Ripa Medici online & really liked the look of it and the fantastic view. I will email Sabrina, thank you for the suggestion.

rzolezzi - The Hotel Duomo looks lovely - but they gave me a price of 120Euro ($175 Canadian) which is more than we are wanting to pay. Thank you for taking the time to reply.

Mack - I agree, the best way to see Umbria & Tuscany is by car (we did Tuscany by car in 2003 & Puglia in 2012 ) & It would be lovely to stay at an Agriturismo, but now that we are 73 & 75, we thought it might be more relaxing to take the train. My husband has done a lot of driving on the continent & the UK over the years & as recently as last year in San Miguel in the Azores, but he is ready to take a break That's why he loves the RS Tours now! I appreciate your input though.

Michael Next time, I will post prices in euros instead of Canadian dollars so as not to confuse anybody. As you know, our Canadian dollar is worth roughly 30% less than yours, so it makes what might look reasonable to Americans, not quite so reasonable to us.

Thank you once again to everyone for taking the time to express your thoughts and offer your advice. Always appreciated.
Lynne