The Orvieto region lies between Rome and Florence in the undulating countryside of Umbria, Italy. During the Middle Ages, Orvieto held a very strategic, important role in Italy, and there are some delightful walled towns set high on volcanic basalt crags throughout the region, which encourage tourists to travel throughout the region discovering secret gems which really capture the imagination.
Nature in the Orvieto region remains unspoilt and varied, making it a perfect location for relaxing walking and cycling holidays. Agriculture remains true to its early methods, and man and nature work in perfect harmony, aiding the production of the ancient Orvieto wines which have bought the region infamy over the centuries.
Having first been settled in Etruscan times, the Orvieto region has impressive monuments of eras past scattered throughout the area. Some of the most celebrated include the towering 12th Century gothic Orvieto Cathedral and the remarkable St Patrizio Well. If you are interested in the history of the region whilst staying in a self catering villa in Orvieto, there are many highly informative museums in all the major towns in the area.
In June and July, the holiday rental apartments and self catering villas in Orvieto come into very high demand as the Orvieto Musica festival arrives. It is the world’s best chamber music festival, with the finest musicians chosen from across the globe to play.
The town of Orvieto itself is the gem of the Orvieto area. Taking an apartment in Orvieto means that you can really investigate the stunning monuments and architecture of one of the most endearing medieval towns in the whole of Italy. Of course, after a hard day exploring, there is plenty of famous Orvieto wines to enjoy in the evening!
20km down the road is the Roman town of Allerona. It is a delightful hilltop town whose feudal castle draws many tourists every year. The festival of St Isidoro, which is held on the third Sunday of May, is a great time to visit, with processions and festivities throughout the centre of town.
Fabro is a historical town overlooking main communications route connecting Rome and Florence. Fabro’s importance is still clearly seen as it holds the largest market in the area, selling exquisite truffles, wine and fruits from throughout the area. The medieval castle which stands in the centre of town is of particular interest.
Orvieto has peak temperatures in July and August averaging over 30˚C, and with very little rain. Whatever time you take a self catering villa in Orvieto, especially for walking holidays in the spring and autumn, you will be blessed with very mild conditions. In January, average temperatures remain above 10˚C.
Although there are limited bus services in the area, there is a great train network, and car hire rates are very reasonable. The trains leave from Perugia, which is where flights to the area land (at Perugia’s Sant Egidio Airport (PEG)). Flights land here direct from the UK, provided by British Airways and Ryanair.