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True Etruscan Experience in Orvieto

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house built on an Etruscan cave with an incredible view.

My Orvieto House

In 1998 I purchased this house located in the oldest part of Orvieto. For 13 years we have been working to restore it to its current condition, first with my friend the architect Steve Farneth, principal of ARG of San Francisco, later with Gianfranco Pigozzi, a young brilliant Orvieto architect.

The extensive restorations on the house were done maintaining its original character that is integral part of the surrounding medieval neighborhood.

San Giovenale, the oldest Orvieto Church, built in 1004, is just half a block away. Orvieto is divided in four quarters (Quartieri) and San Giovenale is one of them.

Starting in 2015 this house will be available for rent on a minimum weekly basis to friends and lovers of Orvieto. When you contact me, I will tell you about my love for a town that has a deep touching human dimension, but most important, I will provide you all the information you may need before you leave and provide you with the local contacts for personal assistance once you get there.

Please look at the video and pictures, which are important as an introduction to an unforgettable experience for your stay in Orvieto.

More Details

Property Manager
Giovanni Savio
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 10, 2018

About Giovanni Savio

My name is Giovanni Savio, originally from Florence. Since 1977 I have been the owner of Biordi Art Imports in San Francisco (, an art ceramic import store founded in 1946. You can find me at my business, (415-392-8096), or, (415-699-8554), cell phone. I will answer all your questions and help you to enjoy an unforgettable stay in my favorite own of all of Italy.

Giovanni Savio purchased this house in 1998

Why Giovanni Savio chose Orvieto

This house is located in the oldest part of Orvieto, next to San Giovenale, the first Orvieto Cathedral built in 1004. The house has been fully restored with all modern amenities inside and has easy access to shopping, restaurants, and many places nearby.

Rental is available with a minimum of three nights stay. Upon your arrival you will be greeted by Giulio Giacomini, the manager, who will meet you in the main square where the air tram ends coming from the train station below the rock.


Orvieto House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Lower Floor - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Bathroom Top Floor - toilet , shower , bidet , Washing machine and dryer are in this bathroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Loft Bedroom overlooking The Great Hall - 1 queen
    Guest Bedroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
The local manager and housekeepers will clean and inspect the house prior Guests’ arrival as well as after their departure. You will find a clean house, but if you need additional cleanings during your stay, please ask property manager to send someone, and you will be charged based by the hour. If you stay for more than one week, one cleaning is included at the end of each week. Guests may request personal laundry, cooking, and other special services at costs that are on a personal basis (reasonable).


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True Etruscan Experience in Orvieto
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews

Beautiful property and great location. A few details overlooked.

  • 4 of 5

Architectural restoration was beautiful. Wasn’t informed that local manager wasn’t available until we arrived and called the owner. Manager initially fixed the internet and water tap that was loose. Water heater was not fixed. Ignored communications to again fix the internet - so were without internet for 80% of the trip. Not to mention no hot water in master bath and kitchen for most of the trip.

We would stay again if convinced these issues are addressed.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The Manager was expecting guest's arrival for the day before as originally scheduled. He was worried when he heard that the arrival was postponed because he had another commitment. Myself, the owner, and the Manager could not resolve the problems reported and we apologize.
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Unbelievable house in an amazing city

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly amazing - all the creature comforts of the 21st century meets intertwined with 2500 years of history under one roof. If you are looking for a place to stay in Orvieto, look no further. My teenage children (and wife) can't stop talking about this place. Thanks for sharing your home with us - we will never forget this experience!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Unforgettable views from the home. Local property manager was very helpful.

  • 5 of 5

Unforgettable views from the home. Great location , away from crowds but short walk to all attractions. Local property manager was very helpful

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Westlake Village,Ca

Xmas vacation in Orvieto

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I met Gianfranco in Orvieto a couple years ago when he was there checking on the house remodel. We called him in the beginning on 2014 to see if the house was done and we told him we were going to Orvieto in Dec.and he said it would be done and we could be the first to rent it. We did not hesitate and told him we would love to as we knew the location of the house in town and how great that is. When we got to town, Sylvia and Julio met us at the square and took us to the house to show us and answer any questions we may have about the house. Everything was perfect and we felt right at home, you could not ask for anything more and Sylvia and Julio are only a phone call away plus they have a family business rite in town. Orvieto is a wonderful town to spend time in as this was our 4th time there, it is also a wonderful place to base yourself and do day trips to many other towns and villages. We were there for 3 weeks with a car, but you have the option of using the train as the station is at the lower part of town or renting a car next to the train station. Gianfranco was wonderful to deal with, was always easy to reach by phone or e-mail. I would have no problem telling people to rent this house because you will feel right at home while being in Italy. I love to cook, so I cooked about half the time and we went out the other times. Friends of ours came and spent a week with us and loved the house and time in town. I would highly recommend this house to anyone.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Orvieto Trainstation
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Orvieto has a highway exit/entrance
Car: not necessary

From this house you will enjoy an unobstructed view of the lower valley and spectacular surrounding hillsides that divide the roads leading to Rome and Bolsena, famous for it's beautiful lake. Being on the west side of town, this is where people come to enjoy clean and colorful sunsets.

Once in Orvieto, you will want to discover the city, with its museums, shops, leisurely strolls, many fine restaurants and one of the best Cathedrals of all of Italy. Everything is a short walk away,

in fact you do not need a car in Orvieto.

Around Orvieto's Cathedral you have most of the museums, the Popes' Palace, and a teeming city life.

Driving up to Orvieto you can visit the Etruscan Cemetery called Necropoli di Crocifisso del Tufo.

Rome is 65 miles away - 1 hour by car or by train.

Florence is 110 miles away. You can reach both Rome or Florence by train or by freeway. Orvieto has a train station and next to it the entrance to the freeway.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Key to access the property will be mailed to the Renter’s address of choice once full payment has been received. Key needs to be mailed back to the owner in San Francisco no later than 1 month after the ending of the rental period.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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