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Picked up our new Peugeot from Europe by Car, and then swooped up daughter Tara at the airport in Rome for the journey to Orvieto, where she would become a "sposa" on Friday at 5:30... lots to talk about!
... walked the town in awe and went in the little church. It is just so authentic Italy. We then drove to Orvieto. Orvieto's Duomo has Italy's liveliest facade (from 1330), thanks to architect Lorenzo Maitani and many others. It is black and white stone, unlike anything we have seen. By this point we felt like we had seen so many cathedrals maybe we should skip this but we changed our minds and went in, so glad we did. To the right of the altar, the Chapel of St. Brizio features ...
... To get to Todi, you have to take an elevator-like lift from the ground up the mountain. Todi is very small and very medieval. We explored the cobblestone streets and found a gelato shop where we stooped and ate in front of a fountain. We then walked around for an hour exploring the ancient streets before sitting on the steps of a church taking in the ...
Our bags packed and an early morning start to Perugia! We drove about 3 hours during which time our guide described some things and also a small lesson for some Italian words! We arrived in Assisi just as it began to sprinkle!! We walked through this walled city until we came to the Church of St Francis! We went in for a tour, saw the crypt and left a candle to be lit! We we came out the sun was ...
... later on. To reiterate how fresh the food was......we found a live snail in our basil while adding it to the pizza. We had a cooking class and made gnocchi, margarita pizza, snail bread, mousse, and rice with mushrooms and sausage.
The rest of the trip was trying to walk off all the food. We had at least 12 meals in 2 days. While in Orvieto we also did ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Palazzo Piccolomini Orvieto
Beautiful and graceful hotel
We returned to Orvieto after being married there in 1998. We again stayed at this hotel after we stumbled across it during our last visit.
We rented a suite and an attached standard room for two weeks this summer and absolutely loved every minute of it. The rooms were beautiful and the staff were absolutely lovely. We took their recommendations on where to eat, visit and shop and they were always on the mark. If you travel to Italy and want to explore Umbria this is the perfect home base!
Their website is a little hard to locate but here is the link --------------------------
Spring for the suite and you will not be disappointed, we sure were not.
Wonderful staff at a great little hotel
What a wonderful little hotel. The room was clean and sunny with a great view (we stayed on the top floor). The staff was also helpful in making dinner recommendations nearby and surrounding travel suggestions. I would love to go back and stay longer, as we were there only one night We highly recommend it!
Palazzo Piccolomini may be one of the best bargains in Italy. We found it to be extremely charming and clean. We had a corner room on the top (3rd) floor (a standard double room). The room had air conditioning, but it did not seem to do much good, so we just opened the windows and pretended we were true Italians. The room was not large, but the room and the entire hotel was a delight. The breakfast is served in a cave in the basement - it couldn't have been more enjoyable. The hotel will park your car over night for 10 Euro, which is very nice if you are traveling by car.
Loved palazzo piccolomini
We just stayed at the Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini & we loved it. They were very nice. We also stayed in room 311 because it had been mentioned on this website. It was very quiet & had a view that I loved, although it might not have been the best for everyone. It just felt very small-town Italy. We also found a great restaurant around the corner (can't remember the name) that was in a cave. I'd also read about it, but the hotel recommended it as well.
Loved Palazzo Piccolomini
This was one of our favourite hotels. The room was very comfortable and VERY reasonalby priced, the restaurant food was wonderful and the staff was fabulous. They were so geniunely friendly and helpful.
I chose this hotel because the building was so steeped in history (having belonged to the family of 2 Popes) and had been so beautifully restored.
I can't wait to go back to Orvieto and Palazzo Piccolomini.
The Palazzo Piccolomini is a wonderful restoration project - but not a four star hotel. Scuff marks all over the walls, lots of noise because of the uncarpeted floors (it may have fit the original look and design- but does nothing for sleeping well). Our room was on the 2nd floor and we were able to hear (gasp) the full business of the bathroom above us... and I mean the details - which again reminded me of Motel 6 and not a 4 start hotel. No alarm clocks in the room, and again it was slightly dirty and dusty. THe staff was pretty nice - but the man at the desk did not want to go through the trouble o checking us out the night before we were leaving for a very early train... he insisted that we waited until the morning.... which we did... after a good 10 mins of finding him so that we could check out. Would not stay there again on the bathroom sounds alone - it was just too much information and ruined the romantic mood!
The Palazzo Picolomini is wonderful! Located in an ancient building in the resort community of Orvieto (about 1 1/2 hours by train through the Italian countryside from either Rome of Florence) the rooms are artfully and minimally decorated, the bathrooms likewise. The goodies include pairs of bedroom slippers emblazoned with the name of the hotel, and a relatively sumptuous repast in the cavernous breakfast room located in under the hotel, similar to a wine cellar. The staff couldn't have been more helpful...they were all charming and accomodating. In fact, daylight savings time changed while we were visiting , unbeknownst to us, and they encouraged us to stay in our room long past check out time, because our train to Rome was leaving much later than we had anticipated. There is a small bar at the front of the hotel, also cooly minimal in decor, and the location of the Piccolomini is wonderful...just a few short blocks to the stunning Orvieto Duomo and the wonderful ceramic shops for which Orvieto is famous. I strongly recommend this hotel, particularly for the price.
Excellent hotel in Orvieto
We spent one night here and it was the nicest hotel of our two weeks in Italy. And the least expensive! The staff was great - we arrived before our room was ready, so they offered us a seat in the lounge and a cappuccino while we waited. The room was clean, comfortable, and had a nice view (room #311, top floor corner). The common areas were lovely, breakfast was good. I would definitely stay here again!
A very nice visit
I stayed here for one night during a three week vist to Italy. We found the hotel to have a very good location, a very friendly staff, and clean rooms. The hotel has nice common areas, and I think they have done a great job in overall presentation. I would recommend a stay here . The rooms are not opulent but give you exactly what you need while you are there. This is a great place to stay while visiting the wonderful city of Orvieto.
A great place to stay
The Palazzo Piccolomini was the perfect hotel to stay in Orvieto. A very friendly staff that was always willing to help with anything. A fantastic breakfast of hot croissants and strong coffee. The rooms were very large with great views of the rooftops and narrow streets. Very quiet at night. And aslo very close to Orvieto's Duomo. I highly recommend this hotel.