The Best Hotels to Book in Orvieto, Umbria

The old town of Orvieto is surrounded by vineyards and countryside
The old town of Orvieto is surrounded by vineyards and countryside | © SW Travel Imagery / Alamy

The Umbrian city of Orvieto is a popular pit stop between Florence and Rome, with storied places to stay carved into medieval walls, and great wines to sample from nearby vineyards. Read on for the best hotels in Orvieto, all bookable on Culture Trip.

Elevated on a broad plateau of cliff-fringed rock, the small Italian city of Orvieto surveys scenic Umbrian surrounds of rolling fields, vineyards and olive groves. The commune itself is a dense labyrinth of cobbled lanes, shady piazzas and medieval buildings – most notably, the spectacular cathedral. Midway between Florence and Rome, it’s a popular stop-off for travellers road-tripping between the Italian capital and the centre of Renaissance art, but more than merits a visit in its own right.

1. Grand Hotel Italia

Independent Hotel

A guest room with classic furniture and a large bed at Grand Hotel Italia
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From an unfussy 19th-century facade to traditionally styled interiors, Grand Hotel Italia has an unpretentious old-world air throughout. Dark-wood furnishings, heavy drapery and classical decor lend the guest rooms a timeless quality that extends to the bar and breakfast rooms. A central location next to the centrepiece Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo puts everything within easy strolling distance of this hotel in Orvieto. Be sure to join a tasting in the centuries-old, Etruscan-era cellars.

2. Hotel Virgilio

Boutique Hotel

A guest room decorate din neutral tones at Hotel Virgilio
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Just steps from Orvieto’s showstopper cathedral, Hotel Virgilio gets top marks for location. In fact, it’s the only hotel in Orvieto facing the medieval landmark and was once home to the artisans who helped build it. About half the rooms have views towards it, and all are neatly finished in a blend of classical and modern styles. Breakfast is rich with local produce and served in a pleasant dining room. There’s no restaurant, but you can’t move for places to eat in this part of town.

3. Locanda Rosati

Hotel

The Italian farmhouse exterior of Locanda Rosati
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When searching for a hotel in Orvieto, don’t forget the gorgeous Umbrian countryside that surrounds the old town. Locanda Rosati is set in a stone farmhouse outside the town walls and is the perfect choice for nature-loving tourists who want to keep close to local traditions. Here, each guest is welcomed warmly and surrounded by Umbrian charm from the get-go.

4. La Badia di Orvieto

Hotel

An aerial view of the castle-like Hotel La Badia and the surrounding forests and countryside.
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In a hamlet just outside Orvieto, La Badia di Orvieto is billed as an island of stone in a sea of green. Housed in a 13th-century abbey, this is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a luxurious hotel in Umbria but with a good degree of seclusion and proximity to nature. There’s plenty of history here too, as the building dates to the Middle Ages and offers wonderful pieces of architecture. It also has one of the best restaurants in Orvieto, so you can enjoy a great candlelit dinner in the comfort of your own hotel.

5. Hotel Duomo

Hotel

A large and bright hotel room with brightly coloured soft furnishings and a large bed at Hotel Duomo.
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Just a few steps from the Duomo of Orvieto, Hotel Duomo offers neat rooms in a fully refurbished Liberty-style building. The hotel decor was fashioned by renowned local artists, ensuring each guest experiences an atmosphere characteristic of the local culture. Hotel Duomo counts 18 rooms, five of which are junior suites, where you can relax after a day spent exploring Orvieto or in the beautiful countryside.

6. Palazzo Piccolomini

Hotel

A chic lounge area with terracotta tiled floor and many potted plants, with three cream sofas arranged in front of a fireplace at Palazzo Piccolomini
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Housed in a splendid 16th-century palace, this four-star hotel in Orvieto guarantees a pleasant and luxurious stay. During a holiday at Palazzo Piccolomini you will be able to enjoy architecture from the Renaissance, the Middle Ages and the Etruscan era, which all add to your experience of Orvieto. With three suites, 22 double rooms and seven single rooms, it’s an outstanding base for an unforgettable holiday.

7. Misia Country Resort

Resort, Hotel

The dining patio with countryside views at Misia Country Resort
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Located 6km (4mi) from Orvieto, Misia Country Resort is a boutique hotel in Umbria with elegant decor and first-class service. A convenient location makes it the perfect base for visits to the nearby towns and the surrounding area. All guests will be able to enjoy the tranquillity of the secluded hotel, as well as a panoramic view of Orvieto and the Umbrian countryside.

8. Ripa Medici

Bed and Breakfast

A classically styled guest room with countryside views at Ripa Medici
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There’s little doubt the main selling point of this quaint guesthouse is the glorious panoramas over Orvieto’s scenic surroundings afforded by a position on the city walls. Accommodation is unashamedly romantic, with antique furniture, pastel tones and draped detailing; some rooms feature the view. Apartment-like suites add kitchenettes, lounges and separate bedrooms. Private parking is a bonus for those touring by car, and the city centre is just minutes away on foot.

9. Hotel Aquila Bianca

Independent Hotel

The lobby of Hotel Aquila Bianca
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There’s more than a touch of old-school grandeur about Hotel Aquila Bianca, from a broad stately frontage to many traditional flourishes. The breakfast room, which was a ballroom in the 17th-century, is dazzlingly ornate with a curved coffered ceiling and intricate tiling. Guest rooms at this Orvieto hotel tone it down, but still come with plenty of classical touches. The impressive cathedral is also just a few minutes away on foot.

10. Locanda Palazzone

Independent Hotel

A guest room at Locanda Palazzone with private terrace under stone archways.
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Surrounded by rolling vineyards, this elegantly rural hotel in Umbria is wine heaven. The roots of the estate go back to the 13th century, and much of the original building has been artfully restored and integrated into swish contemporary interiors. Many of the suites are dotted with vintage furnishings and all are located on the upper floor for gorgeous pastoral views. You can gaze over the Umbrian countryside from the pool, too, before heading to the restaurant for fine dining and, of course, some excellent estate-grown Palazzone wines.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Luca Pinelli.

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