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“Even better than we expected”
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Antica Olivaia
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Princeton, New Jersey
1 review
“Even better than we expected”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We'd heard great things about Antica Olivaia, but our recent experience there was even better than we expected. Daniella and Marco were the perfect hosts and their restored farmhouse is beautiful in every respect -- clearly a labor of love on their part. What was particularly nice were the personal touches that Daniella and Marco provided -- wonderful meals (including wild boar -- a special request), and lots of helpful information for places to go -- including some that were off the beaten path but worth every minute we spent there. Perhaps the most satisfying thing of all was the zeal and energy Daniella and Marco put into it. They obviously love what they're doing and it adds a great deal to what was already an outstanding experience.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Netanya, Israel
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We are a family of 5 and we staid in Antica Olivaia for 2 nights. All of our family enjoyed very much the hospitality of Marco and Daniela. It is not only their warm welcome and very nice place, but their attitide to help us to make our visit better. We enjoyed our dinner together that we watched and helped to prepare with a lessons about italian food in the country. They guided us to visit nice places in Umbria and in Orvieto. We recommend their hospitality with all our hearts.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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cape cod, mass
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

The many positive reviews of Antica Olivaia are right-on. This is a very special place to experience another side of Italian life, with great hospitality, a charming farm house, unbelievable views and terrific food. The experience is "just like home" - you're welcome in the kitchen, dining is a family affair and conversation about Italy, with advice from Daniela and food tips from Marco, make your time spent in this beautiful section of Italy even more worthwhile. Except for those who want 5 star resort amentities or to be in the middle of the action, Antica Olivaia should please every visitor. As previous reviews indicate, this house is off the beaten path, with the closest neighbors a long distance away. Getting there on back roads, with hairpin turns, may be intimidating. We preferred to make the drive back and forth in the daylight only and to spend the evenings at the inn - Marco's cooking was, of course, an added incentive. Read on - this review is short only because other TA reviewers have described Antica Olivaia so well.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

My husband and I stayed at Antica Olivaia for 3 days back in September 2013. ( It's taken me a long time to catch up on my reviews for our Italy trip.) You can not find more gracious hosts than Daniela and Marco. They are eager to help with anything that can make your stay a memorable one. Whether offering second or thirds on morning coffee or evening wine, helping plan a full day itinerary around Umbria, or suggesting a deli for where to find excellent wild boar sausage - (an Umbrian specialty), they are at your service. But, the highlight of the stay are the evening meals. No matter what you do, stay for one of Marco's meals. For us American's, the meals do start late, but they are well worth it! Most, if not all of the food is local. We had 2 dinners with them (and I think all the guests staying there did the same). I can't recall the exact price, but I believe it was around $35 (US) a person. Well worth it! It was fun to sit out in the open air patio with 10 other guests, drink wine, and talk about your travels. Most, if not all the food is local. In fact, when we were checking in, the "Boar Man" from "down the way", arrived with the wild boar for the evenings meal. It was in the back of his truck in the cooler! The wine is from a neighbor. Marco even went out of his way, to visit a neighboring cheese maker to purchase me some cheese to take home, as I had remarked on how much I liked the cheese he served during the prior evening meal. On the day we arrived, in mid-September, the weather was still warm enough for a swim in their beautiful pool. The next few days were a little too cool as the wonderful fall weather began to set in. The rooms are simple, but warm and welcoming, and plenty big, with enough storage for luggage, clothes, and purchases!!! The property is a bit out of the way and can be a somewhat difficult drive if you are not used to driving an automatic. The drive is a little steep and has some tight turns. Just make sure you get the kind of car that you are used to driving and you'll be fine. This has nothing to do with the property, just a tip for those driving. Another tip, plan a visit to Civita De Bagnoregio, while you stay here. Its about a 1 hour drive from what I remember, but it was the highlight of our entire 9 day Italy vacation! Daniela and Marco can give you directions!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We had a wonderful stay at Antica Olivaia in early January. We were looking for a peaceful stay in the countryside and this is turned out to be the perfect choice. Daniela and Marco are delightful and incredibly committed hosts, who clearly have a passion for what they do. They anticipate your needs (the rooms are very comfortable), are wonderful cooks (breakfast and dinner were amazing) and are very generous with their time (we learnt so much from them). Their enthusiasm is infectious and gives the place its special feel.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Naples, Italy
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

My wife and I, along with her parents, spent two nights here the weekend before I gave birth to our first child. Marco and Daniela were like family from the start- and emailed me to check on the baby after we went home! They prepared us an amazing dinner, let us play with Miles, and took us on walks through their olive orchard (we even got to buy some of their locally-pressed oil and bring it home with us). The setting of Antica Olivaia was tranquil and restorative, beautiful and perfect for a weekend away. We look forward to returning as soon as our little guy can sleep through the night!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

Antica Olivaia is the perfect way to experience the “real” Italy – from the setting, to the food, to the culture. Daniela and Marco are gracious and welcoming hosts, and I had a magical two nights at their agriturismo. I woke up each morning to find Miles, their lovable dog, looking up at my window and all of Orvieto shimmering off in the distance, beyond the rolling green hills that surround the property. If you’re a foodie, you’ll be in heaven. Their food is locally sourced, and Marco is a wonderful cook. And they even took me when they had olive oil made from their olives one night! That was a special and unforgettable experience. The rooms are comfortable, with every thoughtful touch. And they provided terrific advice about what to do in the area. Don’t miss out!

Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Antica Olivaia
Address: Localita San Bartolomeo 17, 05018, Orvieto, Italy
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Region: Italy > Umbria > Province of Terni > Orvieto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 40 Speciality Lodging in Orvieto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Agriturismo Antica Olivaia is a charming 17th century stone farmhouse nestled in a protected nature reserve and located near the ancient hill town of Orvieto. This recently restored country inn offers its guests six spacious rooms with en suite bathrooms, a beautiful private pool and breathtaking views of Orvieto and the Umbrian countryside. Conveniently located between three of Italy's most beautiful regions, it is the ideal place from which to discover the extraordinary Umbrian countryside and many towns such as Civita di Bagnoregio, Todi, Perugia, Assisi, Montefalco, Spoleto, Montepulciano, Montalcino, and Pienza. The owners, Marco and Daniela, prepare dinner 3 times a week for their limited number of guests and meals are eaten together family style on the veranda under the stars. Informal cooking lessons can also be organized in the afternoons usually in conjunction with dinners. Marco, Daniela and their furry friends look forward to welcoming you to the Antica Olivaia...A slow farm for a slow life! ... more   less 
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