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'Casa di Felicita' is located on a small piazza, Piazza Sant’ Angelo, off the Corso Cavour in the center of the mediaeval town of Orvieto. The spectacular Duomo di Orvieto, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture with its Chapel of San Brizio frescoed by Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli, is a short walk away. A great gelateria is also located on the Piazza del Duomo!
The apartment is accessed via one flight of stairs and occupies the first floor of a two-apartment, 300 year old building. There is a small terrazzo for morning coffee just outside the front door. Recently restored, the apartment has three arches, terracotta tiled floors throughout, and the bedrooms are painted with rich and warm colors. The windows are high as are the ceilings. The apartment is very light. The living room is large and is contiguous with the generous dining alcove. The kitchen is fully equipped and has stools for conversation while cooking. The master bedroom has a full bathroom ensuite and Twin beds or a King-size bed as desired, the second bedroom has a full bathroom (two steps across the hall) and a Queen-size bed, the third bedroom (down two steps) has a trundle bed for one adult or two children. A washer is located in the large storage closet at the end of the hall to the master bedroom.
Parking is available in a large, covered garage nearby. Cars can be rented locally or at the nearby Perugia Airport for extended stays or day trips.
The town has many trattorias, ristorantes, coffee bars, enotecas, markets, shops and a champagne bar all within walking distance. Some of the trattorias and ristorantes will truly delight your palate, but all are good. One of the best bakeries is very close to the apartment and there is a caffé in the Piazza Sant’ Angelo. And there’s a farmers' market every Thursday and Saturday. Orvieto has many music, dance, and medieval folklore festivals and even a Palio. The Teatro Comunale Mancinelli on Corso Cavour has regular concerts and other cultural events. Concerts in the Duomo are sublime. There is a jazz festival in December and January. It just goes on.
More about Orvieto:
Orvieto, a medieval walled city with Romanesque and Gothic (and occasional Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical) buildings, is situated on the summit of a volcanic butte with dramatic sheer walls. There are panoramic views of the beautiful surrounding countryside from all parts of the city. Historically, Orvieto was a major center of the Etruscan civilization. There are Etruscan historical sites which can be visited. Beneath the hilltop city, there is an underground city of passages and streets created by the first Etruscans (for cisterns) and expanded in the Middle Ages (for cellars and working spaces). At the bottom of the butte surrounded by orchards and a winery, the Etruscan necropolis of Crocefisso di Tufo counts a hundred or so chamber tombs along a rectangular street grid. There are two fine archeological museums containing extensive collections of Etruscan and Greek objects.
Orvieto is well-situated for exploring the many treasures of Umbria, Tuscany, and Lazio. All can be accessed by car and some by train. Daytrips will allow you to relish the extraordinary food, beauty, art, and architecture of the areas. A sampling with distances in miles from Orvieto: Umbria: Spoleto (61), Assisi (56), Todi (22), Cortona (58), Perugia (48), Montefalco (39). Tuscany: Florence (105/one hour and 15 minutes by train), Montalcino (58), Montepulciano (41), Pienza (48), San Gimignano (99), and Siena (75). Lazio: Rome and environs (74 mi. or 55 minutes by train).
What a wonderful place your Orvieto apartamento is. And Susan was very helpful.
Thanks so much for sharing it with us! We look forward to many return visits.
My friend and I were thrilled with this apartment - spacious, immaculate, and outfitted with everything we need. The café downstairs was wonderful.....we started our day there with pastry and a cappuccino and within a day they were calling us by our first names. There is a lovely wine shop just down the street where we bought our Orvieto Classico.
The apartment is exactly as pictured in the photos - no surprises. American guests will appreciate the American style coffeemaker!
Mandy was so gracious in all of our communications and has a nice business arranging wine tasting and other tours, cooking lessons, and other things to do - her business is called unspoiltumbria. Roy, the property manager, was delightful - picked us up at Hertz when we arrived in Orvieto and took us to the train station the day we left.
The apartment has a wonderful collection of CDs - great music to enhance the ambiance of this charming apartment. We recommend this rental and would return here in a heartbeat!
Great apartment, comfortable and well-equipped apartment writhin easy walking distance of all the sights and with a supermarket and other shops on the doorstep. Comes with a parking space in a covered garage, although this is a short walk away. Only small negative would be that the third bedroom has a curtain not a door, and the ceiling light switch is outside - ideal for children, but less so for adults. The bed in this room does open out to a double, but then there is no room to walk round. The light issue was fixed by moving a lamp into the room! Overall a great place to stay and we had a fantastic week at the Umbria Winter Jazz Festival!
Orvietto is a wonderful hill town. It is a magical place to stay. The rental was large and had many aesthetic touches that enhanced the experience. The kitchen is quite large for a home in a walled city. There are plenty of windows and fresh air. The bedroom configuration lent itself to a sort of dorm situation. Which is great when traveling with teenagers or extended family. We used the largest bedroom for 3 single beds, there was ample room with it's own bath. The small room could have just held 2 twins, and shared the hall bath. The master was ample but had little closet space.
The draw back is NOISE! The apartment is located above an ordinary café which prepares for the day at 5:00 am. The dishwasher and prep area is just below the window of the master bedroom. It is across the street from a rowdy bar/restaurant whose patrons stay outside drinking until after midnight. This makes it impossible to sleep with the windows open, or even to enjoy some quiet time in the apartment, even in the afternoon. The noise is inescapable as the apartment is on a corner and on the 2nd floor. The sound floats up and you can't carry on a conversation in the apartment. It is really a problem and I feel badly for the owners. For this reason I would choose another place to stay. Unless you are going in colder weather and will have the house closed up.
My husband and our two adult daughters began our recent trip with a three-night stay at this wonderful apartment. We chose to adjust to the time change here. The apartment is easy to reach via train from Rome and a short walk from the train station to the apartment. We could not have been happier with the whole experience in Orvieto. Helene was communicative from the beginning and helpful throughout the trip, without being intrusive while there. There is a cafe directly below the apartment which made a great starting point every morning for pastry and coffee. There are numerous outstanding restaurants in Orvieto. One of our favorite lunches was on the patio at a place called Charley's. There have been many times since our return home that we wish we were back in our apartment in Orvieto. Thanks, again, Helene. We hope to be back again and will certainly recommend this apartment to anyone who may be traveling in Italy.
This is a wonderful apartment, really large and very comfortable and clean, with nice touches throughout. It's right in the heart of Orvieto and was ideal for my wife and in-laws, and our twin 4 year olds. It's a really great place, very unusual to have such a large apartment in town. Moreover, Hélène is perhaps one of the friendliest hosts we've ever encountered. She's the owner of the apartment, and she's highly knowledgable about Orvieto as well as the surrounding areas. She know the best restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars, as well as the places to avoid. Trust her! She also goes out of her way to explain how the apartment works, the semi-complex trash/recycling of the town, the cable, etc… It's all very easy. Lastly, she does that little extra, emailing us to make sure we were OK and if we needed anything - even giving us an extra restaurant recommendation for my wife and my wedding anniversary. Our stay was in June and the sunflowers were late-blooming and we couldn't find any. Suddenly, I received a text the next day where she found a field that had just blossomed and she wanted to make sure that we found it! She's just a really cool and gracious host, with a great apartment. HIGHLY recommended!
We had a wonderful stay in Casa di Felicita. We stayed one week in Orvieto and would have loved to stay longer. The city is beautiful and the locals are welcoming and gracious. The town is on a main train stop so travel without a car is very easy. We had come by train from Rome and also went to Florence by rail. We rented a car for additional sightseeing. The apartment is spacious and has all the amenities one could need. Helene was extremely helpful. My only disappointment was that I did not get to meet Helene since she was not in town. That said, she stilled stayed in touch and helped us with all our questions and travel needs. I hope to return but this time I would stay longer. Mille Grazie Helene!
Wine tours and tastings, Cooking lessons, Language schools, local historic tours, Etruscan tombs, Etruscan roadways, Famous frescoes, truffle hunting ( in season ), wild boar hunting ( in season ), local market every Thursday & Saturday in Orvieto centre. Please ask Mandy for more details of half and full day tours, events, excursions and adventures to sample a bit of local colour.
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|Final Cleaning Charge||$43|
There is a final cleaning charge of €40.00. Gas for heating is charged for separately as per the amount used during the colder / Winter months.
35 % deposit required to confirm a booking with the balance of the rental fee 60 days prior to arrival.
Payments in Euro only. Payment method International Transfer.