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Orvieto: day trip vs stopover?

Hey all, looking for the best logistical way to add Orvieto into our itinerary. We will be splitting our home bases between Rome and Florence. We would like to do a day trip from Rome to Orvieto, however I'm having trouble figuring out which makes the most sense:

  • Option 1: Standard Day trip to Orvieto (roundtrip to/from Rome)
  • Option 2: Orvieto as a stopover from Rome to Florence (basically leave Rome, go to Orvieto to explore, then head to Florence after in the evening

Is there a luggage check anywhere in Orvieto? Option 2 entails a longer train to Florence (since it's not high speed from Orvieto), however option 1 forces us to backtrack, so that's technically more train time overall.

Any insight on the best logistics would greatly appreciated!

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Thanks, we were hoping to avoid changing hotels so many times on this trip (our whole trip is only going to be 9 days), so ideally we wanted to do 2 home bases with some day trips. Looks like from that link there is luggage storage but I'll email them to make sure it's open (looks like it was closed at one point in 2023)

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And no we have not planned what we want to do there yet - I'm at the beginning stages of my planning so need to look more into everything, but just trying to get a general sense of logistics. Will of course look more into specific train times as I continue planning

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There is a baggage storage in Orvieto at the Bon Italy Coffee bar and mini market (two shops, one at the train station and one at the bus terminal across the tracks). For sure the bus terminal/parking lot side has the luggage storage, so if they don’t have it on the station side, all you have to do is go on tho other side of the train tracks through the pedestrian passageway.

It’s really up to you what you want to do. En route you save money (regional trains are cheaper than the Frecciarossa), so if you don’t mind carrying the luggage along you might as well do it en route.

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Orvieto is a nice destination either way. Unlike Florence, it does not absolutely require an overnight to do justice to. OPINION.

I personally don't consider Florence with no car as a base for "all of Tuscany." We only saw Florence, Rome, and Venice by train on our first visit to Italy, saw Tuscany by rental car 20 years later.

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Thank you for that very helpful information!!

And yes I’m still deciding how I want to do Tuscany, whether that be with a few guided tour day trips or rent a car once I get to Florence. I don’t think we want to do the drive from Rome to Florence though so the Orvieto part of it will be car-less either way.

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Although one night stays are often discouraged on this forum, I have lovely memories of an evening in Orvieto after the daytrippers and tourbuses left, and a morning before they arrived.

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My boyfriend and his mom enjoyed staying in Orvieto the most on our Italy tour. She said it was like being in a castle and he enjoyed the small town local feel. Very nice at night. So I would recommend to stay an evening at least.

While Florence is very popular with tourists because of its great museums, it isn’t my favorite city. It’s great for art history lovers and renaissance seekers. So unless you only want to experience big city life, I’d pick one small town to soak in the atmosphere.

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Thank you for the input. We are still getting our itinerary together so I’m still considering all of this. The only set thing so far is going to Rome. Orvieto piqued our interest so definitely want to try and fit that in. Other than that I keep going back and forth on what to do for the next half of our trip. I figured Florence would serve as a nice home base to allow day trips out to the country side / wineries but by staying there (and not an agrotourism place) it gives us the options for dinners, bars, and walking around in the evenings. We like our fair share of touristy things, but we aren’t huge into art and don’t plan on visiting every museum in Florence. This is why I keep going back and forth as to whether we even do Florence/tuscany or do something completely different. As I continue researching I’ll start to narrow this down more.

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Good morning! I vote for lovely Orvieto 1-2 nights.
I stayed for an enjoyable 2 days, easy train from Rome. Orvieto cathedral’s mosaic facade is striking
On my first afternoon staying at BB Magnolia I was awakened from my nap by a parade. Memorable!
Or check out Assisi hill town. I loved it

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Thanks for the suggestion! Definitely weighing all the options and trying to figure out how to best structure this. Generally like to have fewer home bases, but we'll see what I can finagle. My husband just told me he'd rather do 9 nights instead of 10 nights, so that may change a bit of what I had planned so far.

Original plan was 4 nights Rome (with Orvieto day trip vs stopover on way to Florence), 4 nights Florence (with Tuscany countryside day trip and Siena day trip), and 2 nights Venice. With 1 night less, that may be a little too much jumping around, especially if I add Orvieto as an overnight. I'm not sure if I would want to drop Florence altogether as a home base and maybe do a day trip from Rome instead? I suppose I could drop Venice, but that makes me sad. Hmmm so many options, so little time! Will get there eventually!

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Hi, do you have your flights already? If so, where are you flying into and out of in Italy?

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I don't have flights yet - was waiting to get specific dates that my husband can take from work. We're looking to do our trip in November. Was thinking of flying into Rome and out of Venice (or vice versa) however if we don't end up including Venice into our trip, obviously that would not be the best flight option. Part of the reason I'm trying to figure out where we are going and how to structure it prior to purchasing flights

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If you don't go to Venice, you can also fly back from Florence. The Florence airport is really easy to use-small, close to town.

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Spent an afternoon in Orvieto once, definitely felt cheated and would love to go back :)

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Oh that's a good point, I don't know why I haven't considered Florence's airport. Will look more into prices there.
And ahh yeah it seems like Orvieto is amazing. Maybe I'll adjust and do 4 nights in Rome, 2 nights in Orvieto, and 3 nights in Venice. Could perhaps do a Tuscan day trip from Rome, which would of course be a long day, but I'm sure it's do-able. I really only have Florence in there as a home base as a way to do day trips (Siena / Tuscany). We are not as interested in going to the museums there (I've been before and my husband isn't as much into art). So many decisions! We're getting there. This trip has evolved 80 times already, I'm sure it will continue to change haha