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“Like Being Part of a Family” 5 of 5 stars
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Loc. San Bartolomeo, 17, 05018 Orvieto, Italy   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sanibel Island, Florida
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“Like Being Part of a Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Our early season visit to Antica Olivaia found us Marco and Daniela's only guests for two of our three days there, and we immediately were "adopted" by them and by Daniela's dad, visiting from Rome....also by Miles the dog and Lucy and Quilt, the calico cats. My friend Lisa wanted to get her hands in the dirt and helped plant tomatoes, while I wandered around the back roads and fields picking wildflowers, for a day, before we visited Orvieto. Their excellent English and terrific personalities....the great food....the lovely room....and the view of Orvieto over the hills....I think we'd both say this is the best, happiest place we stayed on our Italy trip, which included Lucca, Volterra, Siena and Florence, as well as Orvieto.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

My mother and I had such a relaxing 3 days at Antica Olivaia. We highly recommend it! With the wonderful food and amazing service we have already started talking about coming back! They even took us to see local cheese being made because it was one of our interests! What a peaceful and delicious place to be!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We wanted 3 days to adjust to time change before starting a tour with early rising and full day schedule. Antica Olivaia was a relaxing nest while surrounded by many interesting destinations within easy 1 hour drives. Daniella and Macro were the perfect hostess and host. Our friends who were staying at another B&B joined us for dinner prepared by Marco and Daniella. The food was delicious and the conversation with old friends and our host was even more enjoyable. Our room was just perfect- facing the rising sun with a view over stunning landscape. We were there a few days before Easter as they prepared for a several guest. I saw wild boar and deer on short walks on local farm roads. We used their's recommendation for local sites and eateries; we were very satisfied at every place and treated as special guest. We hope to see more of Umbria and the Adriatic side of Italy. Antica Olivaia is less than 2 hours from Rome airport. We will use Orvieto's Antica Olivaia as our "welcome to Italy" rest and relaxation retreat in a restored farm villa with two special people doing something that they really love to do and share with their guest.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

My wife just enjoyed three delightful days at this B&B. The owners, Daniela and Marco went out of their way to make our stay most memorable.
We had our evening meal twice while we were there. Marco is a great chef and prepared fantastic meals. Daniela provided excellent directions to local attractions. Both are proficient in English. This place is a real gem.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We'd heard great things about Antica Olivaia, but our recent experience there was even better than we expected. Daniella and Marco were the perfect hosts and their restored farmhouse is beautiful in every respect -- clearly a labor of love on their part. What was particularly nice were the personal touches that Daniella and Marco provided -- wonderful meals (including wild boar -- a special request), and lots of helpful information for places to go -- including some that were off the beaten path but worth every minute we spent there. Perhaps the most satisfying thing of all was the zeal and energy Daniella and Marco put into it. They obviously love what they're doing and it adds a great deal to what was already an outstanding experience.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Netanya, Israel
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We are a family of 5 and we staid in Antica Olivaia for 2 nights. All of our family enjoyed very much the hospitality of Marco and Daniela. It is not only their warm welcome and very nice place, but their attitide to help us to make our visit better. We enjoyed our dinner together that we watched and helped to prepare with a lessons about italian food in the country. They guided us to visit nice places in Umbria and in Orvieto. We recommend their hospitality with all our hearts.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The many positive reviews of Antica Olivaia are right-on. This is a very special place to experience another side of Italian life, with great hospitality, a charming farm house, unbelievable views and terrific food. The experience is "just like home" - you're welcome in the kitchen, dining is a family affair and conversation about Italy, with advice from Daniela and food tips from Marco, make your time spent in this beautiful section of Italy even more worthwhile. Except for those who want 5 star resort amentities or to be in the middle of the action, Antica Olivaia should please every visitor. As previous reviews indicate, this house is off the beaten path, with the closest neighbors a long distance away. Getting there on back roads, with hairpin turns, may be intimidating. We preferred to make the drive back and forth in the daylight only and to spend the evenings at the inn - Marco's cooking was, of course, an added incentive. Read on - this review is short only because other TA reviewers have described Antica Olivaia so well.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Loc. San Bartolomeo, 17, 05018 Orvieto, Italy
Location: Italy > Umbria > Province of Terni > Orvieto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Orvieto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Agriturismo Antica Olivaia is a charming 17th century stone farmhouse nestled in a protected nature reserve and located near the ancient hill town of Orvieto. This recently restored country inn offers its guests six spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms, a beautiful private pool and breathtaking views of Orvieto and the Umbrian countryside. Conveniently located between three of Italy's most beautiful regions, it is the ideal place from which to discover the extraordinary Umbrian countryside and many towns such as Civita di Bagnoregio, Todi, Perugia, Assisi, Montefalco, Spoleto, Montepulciano, Montalcino, and Pienza. The owners, Marco and Daniela, prepare dinner 3 times a week for their limited number of guests and meals are eaten together family style on the veranda under the stars. Informal cooking lessons can also be organized in the afternoons usually in conjunction with dinners. Marco, Daniela and their furry friends look forward to welcoming you to the Antica Olivaia...A slow farm for a slow life! ... more   less 

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