We're so excited to announce that our Wedding will be hosted in Umbria, Italy!
Everchanging, untouched landscapes in the green of winding valleys make Umbria a region that will never fail to amaze. This region comprises mainly hills, mountains, hollows and plains and extends along the Tiber’s central basin. At the heart of the boot, it is the only region with no coastline. Removed from outside influences, it has kept alive many of Italy's old-world traditions. You'll see grandmothers in aprons making pasta by hand and front doors that haven't been locked in a century. More importantly, foodies are in their element here, with the rich earthiness of the tartufo (truffle), fine cured meats from Norcia and full-bodied local wines finding their way onto menus.
Orvieto, Italy is one of the principal sights of the region of Umbria, Italy. Its situation is marvelous - perched high above tufa cliffs - showing traces of every phase of history for the past three thousand years, culminating in its magnificent cathedral. Part of Orvieto's unique character comes from its history. Etruscans lived here as early as the 8th century B.C., and you can still see -- even touch -- the remnants they left behind. Like the tunnels and chambers that they dug into the soft tufa underneath the current city. This underground, which includes some 1,200 caves, passages and chambers, is a labyrinth that reaches several stories deep.
Hotel La Badia di Orvieto
We'll be hosting the wedding at Hotel La Badia (in Orvieto). The hotel is situated just outside the town centre of Orvieto on a private estate overlooking the magnificent landscape. This stunning 12th century monastery has been restored and converted into a hotel offering guests a unique and historic experience.
The bridal party will be staying at La Badia Hotel for three nights from Wednesday 1st June - Saturday 4th June 2016. We definitely encourage you to join us and experience this amazing accommodation! As our guests you will be entitled to the special rates below:
Comfort Double Rooms: 190EUR
Superior Double Rooms: 210EUR
Two Level Deluxe Double Rooms: 275EUR
(50EUR per night for extra beds)
Please note: La Badia is a restored 12th century monastery and the owners have done their best to retain the character and history in every aspect of the property. Guests should note that La Badia is not like your typical modern designer hotels. Please understand that whilst La Badia may be a four star hotel with a modern restaurant, it is full of rustic charm and every room is unique. Each room comes with free parking and full breakfast. We would require your reservation by as soon as possible. Please fill in the RSVP form to confirm your room.
Hotel Name: La Badia di Orvieto
Hotel Address: Localita La Badia 8, 05018 Orvieto, Italy
Hotel Website: www.labadiahotel.it
Hotel Reviews: Trip Advisor
Other Accommodation Options
There are a plethora of accommodation options that caters for every budget, here are some recommendations:
Airbnb - Great local places, typically better value than a hotel and an easy way to have an authentic Umbrian experience
Booking.com - if you prefer hotels with all-inclusive accommodation services (service desk, reception, concierge, room service...etc)
How to get there
By far the easiest way to travel to and explore Umbria is by car, and if you choose to stay at La Badia, parking is included. The alternative is train, if you’re only planning on staying in Umbria for the wedding and don’t wish to explore the local area this is a viable option. However, it will mean you need to rely on taxis to get to and from the hotel upon arrival and departure and for any trips outside of the planned activities where transport will be provided.
Umbria is approximately a 2 hour drive from Rome or Florence (approx 160km), in either case you will want to take the A1 Highway (Autostrada del Sole) and look out for the exit to Orvieto. Follow the directions for the town of Orvieto. At the roundabout follow the directions for Viterbo. Go on for approximately 1km and turn to the left at the first cross-roads. After a few meters you will find signs leading to the Hotel. Total distance from the exit of the highway is 3 km. Click here for the google maps route from Rome Fiumicino.
An economy car can be hired from as little as $50 a day, a good site to compare rates is www.rentalcars.com, they have a great selection from most major brands.
Orvieto has a train station that can easily be reached from Rome (in 1 hour) or Rome Fiumicino Airport (in 1 hour 50 min). The train from Rome is direct and starts from around €10 each way, however, if taking a train from Fiumicino Aeroporto you will need to change at either Roma Tiburtina or Roma Termini and expect to pay around €23 each way. Be aware that the Orvieto train station is at the bottom of the hill, so you will have to take the funicular up to the city or use an alternative means of transport which you can read about here.
The closest airports to Orvieto (Umbria) are:
Perugia-S.Egidio airport (if flying from within Europe)
Rome-Fiumicino airport (if flying from Australia)
Things to do in Orvieto
Want to Learn More About Orvieto?
For those who have never visited the beautiful town of Orvieto (in the region of Umbria), we've collated some great articles to help with the research. Also, below is a list of our personal recommendations:
Authentic: Trattoria Da Peppe, very local Italian restaurant located off the beaten track and famous for their wood oven roasted goose. Localita Canonica 55, Orvieto (+39 0763-217232)
In Town: Trattoria La Pergola, located in the centre of Orvieto town, this is a great low-key family style restaurant that is favoured by all the locals. Via dei Magoni 9/B, Orvieto (+39 0763-343065)
Nearby: Altarocca Wine Resort, for a slightly fancier meal we'd recommend this winery near the hotel. The food is phenomenal and very affordable. An added benefit is their fabulous Wellness & Spa services. You can book a day at the spa with a four course tasting menu for €55pp. Localita Rocca Ripesena, 62, Orvieto (+39 0763-344210)
Fancy: Ristorante Vissani, the only two Michelin star restaurant in the area, this place is swanky! Be prepared for an exceptional dining experience that will leave you in a food coma for days. Baschi, Strada Statale 448, Baschi (+39 0744-950206)
Places to see
Must see: Orvieto Old Town, the ancient town is perched high-up with stunning views of the famous Umbrian rolling hills. You can't miss a visit to the town centre where the famous Cathedral of Orvieto sits. Also there are countless trattorias, restaurants and shops to enjoy too!
Highlight: The Orvieto Underground, a complex labyrinth of over 1200 caves, tunnels, wells and cisterns. Book your visit at the Orvieto Underground office in Piazza del Duomo (+39 347-3831472)
History lesson: Civita di Bagnoregio - the Dying City, perched on top of a hill among the valley and inhabited by a few dozen people, Civita is reachable only through a pedestrian bridge built in 1965.
Wellness: Altarocca Wine Resort, is only a 10 minute drive from La Badia and offers great value Wellness and Spa packages. Localita Rocca Ripesena, 62, Orvieto (+39 0763-344210)
Wine Tasting: we've found the best one at Locanda Palazaone, where we will be taking you on Wednesday, 1st June at 12:30PM. Localita Rocca Ripesena, 67, Orvieto (+39 0763-393614)
Exploring: Umbria has some of the most stunning countryside landscapes we've ever seen! We highly recommend hiring a car so you can venture around the region. The whole area is scattered with ancient towns, wineries and spectacular rolling hills. Try Spoleto, Assisi, Spello, Gubbio or Todi.
Cooking Classes: Orvieto is famous for it's love for good food. If you're looking for a unique home-cooking experience, we'd recommend Decugnano Dei Barbi cooking classes! Located at a beautiful winery, you can learn to cook like a real Italian mama! Loc. Fossatello 50, Orvieto (+39 0763-308255)
Note: for any transfers in/around Orvieto (or your transfer to Orvieto), please contact 'Paolo' at firstname.lastname@example.org to book in advance. It's a lot cheaper than the local taxi fares.