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“A Hidden Gem in Umbria”
Review of Antica Olivaia

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Antica Olivaia
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Our visit to Antica Olivaia was fantastic – it is a wonderful oasis in the heart of Umbria where we had a relaxing and memorable vacation. It is located a short 15 minutes from Orvieto (which is also an incredible find that not many people seem to know about).

And it is very easy to get there. We took a train from Rome to Orvieto where we picked up our rental car. Trains leave from Termini station in Rome and take a little over an hour. Once there, we simply turned left out of the train station, walked half a block, and found the Hertz office. We had reserved a car before we left Chicago, and it was waiting for us. Perfect!

The owners of Antica Olivaia, Daniela and Marco, are extremely accommodating hosts, very personable, have a great sense of humor, and go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. They love helping people decide where to visit and are very knowledgeable about the surrounding area. The farm house has been completely renovated and is tastefully decorated, with all the comforts of home. The views from each room in the house are incredible – the area is very pastoral and lush, with rolling hills and every shade of green you can imagine.

The meals at Antica Olivaia are also worth raving about. Marco’s experience as a chef is definitely put to good use here – don’t spend time looking for restaurants for dinner; you’ll be hard pressed to find food that is as authentic and well prepared as his.

In short, great food, excellent accommodations, eye-popping scenery and friendly, helpful hosts make for a great vacation experience. We highly recommend Antica Olivaia.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are equally fine. Even though it is a B&B, each has its own bathroom. And each...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Our early season visit to Antica Olivaia found us Marco and Daniela's only guests for two of our three days there, and we immediately were "adopted" by them and by Daniela's dad, visiting from Rome....also by Miles the dog and Lucy and Quilt, the calico cats. My friend Lisa wanted to get her hands in the dirt and helped plant tomatoes, while I wandered around the back roads and fields picking wildflowers, for a day, before we visited Orvieto. Their excellent English and terrific personalities....the great food....the lovely room....and the view of Orvieto over the hills....I think we'd both say this is the best, happiest place we stayed on our Italy trip, which included Lucca, Volterra, Siena and Florence, as well as Orvieto.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

My mother and I had such a relaxing 3 days at Antica Olivaia. We highly recommend it! With the wonderful food and amazing service we have already started talking about coming back! They even took us to see local cheese being made because it was one of our interests! What a peaceful and delicious place to be!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We wanted 3 days to adjust to time change before starting a tour with early rising and full day schedule. Antica Olivaia was a relaxing nest while surrounded by many interesting destinations within easy 1 hour drives. Daniella and Macro were the perfect hostess and host. Our friends who were staying at another B&B joined us for dinner prepared by Marco and Daniella. The food was delicious and the conversation with old friends and our host was even more enjoyable. Our room was just perfect- facing the rising sun with a view over stunning landscape. We were there a few days before Easter as they prepared for a several guest. I saw wild boar and deer on short walks on local farm roads. We used their's recommendation for local sites and eateries; we were very satisfied at every place and treated as special guest. We hope to see more of Umbria and the Adriatic side of Italy. Antica Olivaia is less than 2 hours from Rome airport. We will use Orvieto's Antica Olivaia as our "welcome to Italy" rest and relaxation retreat in a restored farm villa with two special people doing something that they really love to do and share with their guest.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

My wife just enjoyed three delightful days at this B&B. The owners, Daniela and Marco went out of their way to make our stay most memorable.
We had our evening meal twice while we were there. Marco is a great chef and prepared fantastic meals. Daniela provided excellent directions to local attractions. Both are proficient in English. This place is a real gem.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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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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Additional Information about 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 42 Speciality Lodging in Orvieto
Price Range: £88 - £141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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