My wife and I were in Orvieto on a cold mid-week night in mid-May without reservations. The city and the surroundings were deserted. Very few tourist were around because of the cool weather. We ventured to the Castle La Badia as it seemed highly recommended. The parking was empty when we arrived at 6pm. As pleasant women at the reception confirmed that they had rooms for 3 evenings and should we want a suite at 400euros, one was available. We were shown 3 rooms - horribly appointed with plastic sidings and panels and vinyl flooring from the 70's. I thought we were to build up to a third room which would turn out to be fantastic. BUT NO!!! The third was worse than the first two. Everything even smelled musty. This medieval castle has been butchered by this administration. The high season rate was in full force according to the staff. I would have rather slept in my car. We drove a little further and found a gem - Villa Ciconia. There a would have paid a lot more than the 120euro per night. A gem - our room 22 had a great view, breakfast was perfect and the staff most polite and respectful. A great restaurant in Orvieto near the main piazza is Maurizio - have the lamb and the lasagna- out of this world.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is an elegant Villa which dates back to the 15th century and it is surrounded by an age-old park at the confluence of the river Chiani and the Carcaione. Local Historiography tells us that the structure was originally a tower, “La Turchinetta”, and was property of one of “Monaldeschi” of Cervara associated with Catherina of Sweden.This enlargement was commissioned to Ippolito Scalza (1532)by the then owner of the tower Vincenzo Butius.It was said that Butius, suffering from bad health, was advised by doctors to live near a river.The villa was built, so that the Carcaione stream ran under one of the arches which upheld the structure. River deposits, with time have caused the ground floor of the structure to become submerged and therefore the “piano nobile” is now on the first floor.The hotel which is situated on the 2nd floor, it is of only 12 rooms, with old style furniture and canopy bed,the windows of which look onto the villa’s park.Recent reconstructuring retained all the original characteristics of the villa (thick walls, large beams, and terracotta paving) Although guaranteeing every comfort, the atmosphere is typically tranquil.The restaurant on the ground floor has two large halls.In the main hall there is a lacunar ceiling with engraved and decorated strips, painted with allegorical motifs and landscape scenes. One can admire a stone fireplace which is thought to be the work of “ Ippolito Scalza”.The excellently run Restaurant presents high class genuine Umbrian culinary cuisine. The wine cellar is well stocked with high qualitywines and of course Orvieto classico.In the Hotel we have a outdoor swimmingpool but at about 1000 m. there are also a indoor swimmingpool, football ground, tennis-ground to public use.In our Villa's park there is a free parking area.Villa Ciconia is situated at about 2 Kms from the Florence-Rome motorway exit, 1 hour by car far from Rome,1 hour and half by car from Florence. You can find the train-bus station at about 1km from our hotel. The nearest airport is"Fiumicino" located near Rome, you can arrive there in 1 hour and 30 minutes ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ciconia Hotel Orvieto