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San Lodovico Institute
Ranked #33 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Orvieto
Reviewed March 18, 2013

we were a Lebanese group traveling on a pilgrimage trip to Italy. we really enjoyed the Monastery San Ludovico institute, even i can say, it was the best place we stayed in, incredibly clean, big but simple rooms, excellent food (breakfast & dinner), in the heart of the historic medieval city of Orvieto, the nuns were so nice, a very peaceful place, a great experience, but if you are in a tour with big bus, better not to bring your luggage with you, keep it in the bus and bring only what you need for the night, as to reach the edge of Orvieto, big buses can not go in the small medieval streets, and you should take the electric staircase up, we were advised before to prepare a night bag, so it simplified a lot our overnight. i recommend it to anyone, groups or individuals, and i shall return for sure.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank katiahayek
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Is it an hotel or an hospice? Location is great, rooms are fine but on vacation you don't want to have an old ill lady walking a round the corridor band screaming at night. Sweet old lady I asked the staff to help but no noun showed up. The second night the old lady was still crying at night but her door was locked. They locked her in!! Horrible

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Staying in this historical and beautiful monastery was one of the most unique and memborable places we have stayed. The sisters were incredibly nice! The monastery is beautiful and peaceful. You will never grow tired of wandering through the massive rooms and hallways looking at the many paintings and artwork. The adjoining church is beautiful. We awoke to little children singing in Italian. The singing was coming from their nursery school. What lucky children to spend their day in such a lovely place. Our room was simple and basic, but adequate and clean, and a nice view with big window. It included a double bed, simple desk and chair, and a nice size wooden closet. The bathroom was modern and very clean. There was no air conditioning, but was not a problem. Our greeting was wonderful and we felt very welcome. The location is perfect. We are so glad we chose to stay here. Please note they prefer payment by cash.

Room Tip: There was a comfortable sitting room close to our room with television, etc. that we did not see unt...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

Sometimes, when you are on vacation, you need a "vacation from your vacation". Why not consider a monestery stay at Istituto San Lodovico? Located on the edge of the historic medieval town Orvieto, in the heart of Umbria, Central Italy, San Lodovico is the perfect place to unwind at the beginning, middle or end of your Italian trip.

I have been staying at San Lodovico since the bed & breakfast portion of this working convent opened in 2005. My most recent stay was in early July 2012 and feel that they have been getting better every year. After traveling around France and Northern Italy for over two weeks, i was exhausted and in a dire need for a change of pace. Three nights and four days at San Lodovico in Orvieto gave me that change and so much more.

The room I stayed in was by far the largest, cleanest and quietest of my whole trip. The room overlooked a small courtyard, which was quiet during the day and night. The room, common areas and the convent in general were always tody and inviting. Breakfast is typical to that of an Italian first meal of the day, consisting of fresh fruits, yogurt, spreadable cheese, nutella, coffee, a variety of black/green/herbal teas, bread and cereal. It is laid out buffet style and you can come or go as you please. For those who prefer an extra jolt of caffeine in the morning, there is a Lavazza machine in the common area outside of the cafeteria for 40 centissimi. Also, if you are concerned about safety, don't fear: the convent is fully equipped with security cameras in the common areas and there's always someone at the front window to keep watch on the happenings of this charming property.

For quiet mornings and lazy afternoons, I recommend sitting in the courtyard with a good book to read or journal to write in. Here, you can hear the birds chirp and tree branches rustle, as well as catch some rays from the sun above. At night, it is inviting to sit in one of the plastic chairs and read your Kindle while basking in the cool evening breeze. You might also choose to take a walk in the garden and admire the twisted vines, archways, flowers and religious statues. For the perfect view of Orvieto and its surrounding areas, take a walk up to the top terrace for a panoramic 360 view of the infamous zigzag cypress trees and beautiful lush greenerie. You may also choose to explore the building and admire the age old paintings, Etruscan artifacts and hidden frescos. When possible, go for a passagiatta just like the rest of the Italians here... There are a myriad of good places for Italian styled happy hour, coffee, gelato and tons of local shops to choose from. Just make sure you come back by the 11pm curfew...

Yes, it is true that the convent only has one staff member (Barbara, who is here during the weekdays only) who speaks English, but why not make this a linguistic adventure for all? The Sisters are very friendly, warm and helpful... And will go out of their way to make a complete stranger feel at home. All of the sisters speak or understand Spanish on a conversant level and can also understand another European language such as French or German. Don't be scared... Bring a phrase book with you and chat with the Sister on duty; you might find that you both have more in common than you originally realize. :-)

Finally, I would like to rebuttal what Lobogris43 stated about the convent's amenities being "sparse or spartan". This is NOT America, but Italy and unless you want to pay ridiculous amounts for a large (by European standards but not American standards) room with a full continental breakfast and other "less sparse" amenities, San Lodovico offers no frills accommodations at extremely reasonable prices. What's the point of coming to Europe if you aren't going to go the whole 9 yards and expect the same kind of accommodations that you have at home?

Staying at San Lodovico not only helped my dwindling bank account, but has also helped me unwind and relax during my latest European adventure. After my stay here, I highly recommend its accommodations to anyone who has a sense of adventure, passion and open mind. If the lack of a fan or AC is a problem, spring and fall are the best times to visit.

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the courtyard or the zig zag cypress trees.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 29, 2011

First, you should know that these lodgings are probably not for the first-time traveller. The amenities are sparse and spartan and the nuns in charge speak limited English. We were there during a September, 2011 heat wave and the lack of a/c or fans was acute (some rooms have thermostat-controlled fans, but only one of the five we rented). There is a communal refridgerator near the breakfast room if you can squeeze your food into it. Breakfast is simple but adequate and typical of Italy (bread, cheeses, yogurt, cereal, salami - no eggs). If you are not alarmed by the above, you will love this place. It is quiet (with the usual Italian exceptions - a rock concert nearby one Friday evening and noisy and inconsiderate fellow visitors in the hall another evening) and the grounds are lovely - the interior courtyard is calming and cool in the evening when the pre-school kids are gone. The lobbies (several of them) are dark and inviting and full of history with the expected Catholic motif. There is a covered balcony that gives a beautiful view of the old city walls and is especially charming at night. The nuns and caretakers that we met were sweet, helpful and amused and appreciative of our lame attempts to master Italian. Between smatterings of German, English, Spanish, Italian and Latin, we were able to get most everything done. We used public transportation (trains and busses) and so I have no opinion on parking issues, but finding the place is tricky the first day. Hint: Google maps has an accurate street view which shows their entrance with the white plaque to the left of the wooden doors of the main access. The local police did not know where it was. Print out a Google map and take it with you. It is an easy walk, assuming carry-on luggage, from the Duomo where the free shuttle bus drops you.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Lobogris43
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

San Lodovico Institute is the quintessential place to stay for an Italian or Orvietani experience. The property is historic, beautiful, and relaxing. Not only is it perfect base for seeing the amazing Orvieto, but we were able to reach the surrounding sights of Umbria and Tuscany with ease by train or bus. The host is most friendly and her warmth made us feel at home. The property has beautiful flower and vegetable gardens and a lovely courtyard with benches that were perfect for listening to birds chirping. Inside was meticulous kept, quiet, private, and safe. Breakfast was fresh, plentiful, and full of variety, fresh fruits, yogurts, cookies, and freshly made cakes. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Pamela62_11
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Reviewed June 1, 2011

Gated grounds with beautiful gardens and nice views. Rooms were clean and comfy. Our room had a view over gardens but you could see out in the distance. Continental breakfast sufficient. Parking is outside walls of city. Do not Park in public parking near Monastery at Campo Boario. It is 80E a day. We drove up and dropped off luggage then drove to free public parking over below the wall at the Funicular and took the funicular up and connected with a bus ride. Very easy and inexpensive for 2. When staying in Orvieto be sure to take a trip to see Civita Bagnoregio! Only one person spoke English here so study up on your Italian :)

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Piazza Dei Ranieri 5, 05018, Orvieto, Italy
Location: Italy > Umbria > Province of Terni > Orvieto
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Ranked #33 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Orvieto
Price Range: $62 - $74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 30
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San Lodovico Institute (Istituto San Lodovico) Hotel Orvieto

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