Surrounded by hills of Cypress trees, vines and olive groves lies the cinematic Umbrian town of Orvieto – perched above a cliff top overlooking the surrounding valley. Orvieto is one of the brightest jewels in Umbria’s crown, and romantic couples and families will love our villas in Orvieto. The town is classically Umbrian, with a jumbled medieval old town hiding palazzos and Gothic frescoed churches, lorded over by the impressive Duomo di Orvieto – seen from the far reaches of the valley. Our Orvieto villas offer gorgeous panoramic views of the countryside but are also located close to the town itself, offering privacy, space, scenery but also a slice of the action.
Things to do in Orvieto
Quintessentially Umbrian, Orvieto is a treasure trove of Renaissance and Gothic buildings, cobbled streets and grand old buildings hiding incredible works of Italian art. When staying in one of our villas in Orvieto we recommend hiring a car, allowing you to explore the town and surrounding area. In the town, make a beeline for the historic centre and 14th-century duomo with its mesmerising mosaics and bronze sculptures. Dining in Orvieto is also sublime, all rich local cuisine like salami, sausages, mushroom, truffle and fresh pasta, and there are fantastic eateries in the old town.
From your Orvieto villa, it’s an easy journey to the fascinating world beneath the clifftop, where you can take a guided tour through caves, tunnels and cellars. Alternatively, there’s a handful of beautiful nature reserves nearby. The white wine Orvieto is also pretty famous making it a gastronomic destination in Umbria, hosting a huge food festival sponsored by Slow Food in April. Other festivals to look out for on your villa holiday in Orvieto include a winter jazz festival and the Palio dell'Oca horse racing festival.
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Umbrian hills on your Orvieto villa holiday, with most of our villas coming with a private pool.
History and Culture in Orvieto
Orvieto is a treasure trove of historical and cultural sites all easily accessed from one of our Orvieto villas. Top sights include grand churches – like the majestic duomo with its three-gabled façade – and San Giovenale, the oldest church in downtown Orvieto. Other historical must-sees on your Orvieto villa holiday include the Pozzo della Cava, a hand-dug Etruscan wall, the Torre del Moro tower and the ancient Rocca-Fortezza Albornoz fortress. Learn about Etruscan history (the town's founders) in the Archaeological Museum home with its ceramics and bronze items and the Museo Claudio Faina – one of the most important Italian archaeological collections.
Family holidays in Orvieto
There's no pressure when staying in one of our family villas in Orvieto, especially one of our Orvieto villas with a private pool – giving you the freedom to enjoy relaxing days at home in a spectacular setting. Families will love the privacy our villas offer, and the way they make a great base for exploring the town and surrounding countryside. Venture beneath the city for a great family day out, embarking on an 'Orvieto Underground' guided tour through the city's subterranean tunnels, caves and wells, carved 3,000 years ago. The surrounding parklands also house a WWF preserve for migratory birds, ideal for little ones who love bird watching. When it comes to dining out from your family villa in Orvieto, there's no need to worry, as the whole clan will love the rich Orvieto dishes like fresh pasta, wild game and creamy gelato.
Adventurous activities in Orvieto
Orvieto is surrounded by spectacular and lush countryside, and outdoorsy types will love exploring the hot springs, nature reserves and parks found near their large villa in Orvieto. For a great day out there's the Parco Naturale Regionale Tevere (Tiber River Park) – offering some great treks and the chance to spot birds like kingfishers, kites, buzzards, egrets and herons. Hike through gorges, vineyards, lakes and archaeological sites in the famous national park and you can even enjoy horseback riding, rock climbing and hire mountain bikes. Make sure to also visit the Orvieto Underground attraction to clamber through tunnels and caves carved into the rocks below the city some 3,000 years ago by early settlers.
Romance in Orvieto
Orvieto sits majestically on a plateau overlooking a rolling Umbrian valley, a carpet of vines, olive groves and Cypress trees. As you can imagine, the views from the town (and from your couple’s villa in Orvieto) are pretty jaw-dropping, and one of the dreamiest things to do on romantic villa holiday is simply watch the sunset with a glass of local white Trebbiano in hand. Walk around the old city at golden hour for one of the most beautiful and romantic experiences around. Visiting the Decugnano dei Barbi vineyards is a great way to spend a romantic day out wine tasting and unwinding, along with wineries like Madonna del Latte and Pozo della Cava, offering cellar tours and delicious Umbrian menus.
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