Villas and farmhouses, with a pool, are located in the countryside and are typically finely restored and furnished and surrounded by green lawns, olive groves and vines. They offer the greatest peace to those who seek a vacation with complete privacy and total relaxation. Different venues can accommodate a small family group up to a much larger group of families and/or friends. A car is required for these residences.
monasteries & convents
There is a monastery and a convent in Orvieto “on the rock,” both offering a very good standard of accommodation for individuals, couples and families. In Rome and Venice we also offer convent-style accommodation in a couple of fabulous "Religious House(s) of Hospitality". While rooms are typically more austere than other types of accommodation, all are furnished comfortably and always offer en-suite bathrooms. Typically, a simple breakfast is provided daily and some locations offer half board.
home away from home
Your Home Away from Home is all about how you can settle and live the life of a local, for a week or more, in a self-contained apartment in Orvieto. The package includes transfers on arrival & departure (station or airport), 7 night's accommodation (min), a breakfast hamper on arrival, a private, guided introduction to Orvieto and the famed cathedral, a welcome drink introducing Orvieto wines, a City Card for all entrances to sites & monuments within the city, our own map of recommended services & restaurants, 24 hour contact & assistance during your stay. You may also choose to add more items by selecting from the Tours & Classes options.
This fabulous country retreat/farm complex offers an easy relaxing style, perfect for that break away from all the hustle of the big city centres. The main structure of the stone farmhouse was built in 1932 and has undergone several renovations in keeping with the classical country style. The several buildings that make up the complex include the main farmhouse with restaurant and local produce manufacture, several cottages with independent living with kitchens and cosy sitting areas both inside and outside, another structure that offers several B&B rooms as well as a great country kitchen offering cooking classes. There are also a number of inside/outside structures offering separate quiet retreats for those essential lounging/reading moments, as well as the pool area and a separate spa/massage area.
Rome is another of our perennial favourites and while there seems to be endless choices in this unrivalled "eterna" that is Rome, it is critical to get to the locations that will best serve your needs. Our preferred area is around Pantheon with 4-5* hotels closed to all our favourite recommended restaurants and typical Roman trattorie. But we also love and use another one of those great "Religious Houses of Hospitality" between Termini and Colosseo - perfect for short stays and for families and groups.
In Florence we have several accommodation options we have been working with over many, many years. They range from 4-5* hotels to 2* clean and convenient hotels plus a "Religious House of Hospitality" and, we can comment and suggest good choices for apartments. In Florence, location is key in terms of getting to and from the station while also being close to the centre for those engaging walks in this amazing city and being familiar with this all is what gives us the edge in helping you choose what is right for you.
bed & breakfast
The B&Bs we choose to work with are typically found in the quiet medieval streets of the ancient town of Orvieto, always just a few steps from the centre. They are welcoming and tastefully furnished with management undertaken personally by the owners. Again, we know these venues very well and choose them not only because of how they look and the services they offer but also because of the owners who are warm, generous people intent on making your stay a special one, comfortable, private and secure. All have private en-suite facilities. They typically provide a fresh breakfast each morning, sometimes delivered to your room. Some are 4-5* rating offering extra luxury in the form of large rooms, antique furniture, a balcony and spa bath, all with our own personal guarantee.
While we may not work with every region up and down this amazing peninsula, our years of experience have ensured we can analyse and advise you on making the right choice for your needs. Places we know and love and have experience of accommodation in range from Cinque Terre and Carrara to Sorrento and various places in between. So if your destination is not listed here - just ask us . . .
farm stay - historic - Umbria
Your farm-house stay in Umbria offers 2 weeks of relaxed living in a self-contained apartment, with a swimming pool set amongst vineyards and olive groves, in the heart of the magical Umbrian countryside. This offer includes 14 night's accommodation, a breakfast hamper on arrival, a private, guided introduction to Orvieto and the famed cathedral, a welcome drink introducing Orvieto wines, a City Card for all entrances to sites & monuments within the city, our own map of recommended services & restaurants, 24 hour contact & assistance during your stay - and a driving map of Umbria with recommendations for places to visit. You may also choose to add more items by selecting from the Tours & Classes options. Requires a self-drive car - there is parking on site.
car hire & drivers
We can help you make arrangements for a local car rental for the duration of your stay, or advise on drop-off points for international rental companies. Orvieto can be used as a drop-off point for cars from Avis & Hertz. Local rentals are always as a pick up from and drop off to Orvieto. We can also arrange a pick up and/or return to Fiumicino airport or Rome central by private car and driver.
Again, the hotels we work with in Orvieto are all located “on the rock,” right in the historical centre or just a few steps from the centre of town, close to all the most important monuments. They range from 3 to 4 * ratings, some with larger suites and spa baths. All offer wireless internet, Sky TV and a personal safe in the room and all have a bar for the use of guests. Parking is usually provided, some at an extra cost. Breakfasts are always included.
the individual traveller
We understand that, for the individual traveller, nothing is as important as feeling safe & secure and with our 24 hour contact service and Orvieto's warm, friendly & welcoming town folk, you can rest assured while still maintaining your independence. This offer includes transfers on arrival & departure (station or airport) 4 night's accommodation (min) in a self-catering bed-sit / small apartment in the centre of the ancient city, a breakfast hamper on arrival, a private, guided introduction to Orvieto and the famed cathedral, a welcome drink introducing Orvieto wines, a City Card for all entrances to sites & monuments within the city, our own map of recommended services & restaurants, 24 hour contact & assistance during your stay. You may also choose to add more items by selecting from the Tours & Classes options.
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accommodation options - our personal guarantee
Every accommodation listing comes with our own seal of approval, according to our exacting standards, with an absolute guarantee that we know the accommodation (and the owner) through personal inspection and/or experience. While we specialise in bookings in and around our home-base of ORVIETO and UMBRIA we do also work with a few, very select hotels, apartments and monasteries in the major centres of ROME, FLORENCE, VENICE and SORRENTO, as well as many other locations along the peninsula. These too come with our personal rating from first-hand experience gleaned over many years, both in booking for clients and group programs as well as choosing to stay in these places ourselves. Descriptions provided for our venues will ALWAYS be relevant, practical and honest AND, when you book accommodation with us, you will ALWAYS have our personal contact number should you need help while in residence.