My second stop of my solo Italian retreat trip was Orvieto- another very old city about an hour train from Perugia, on the other side of Umbria. For Orvieto, I stayed at a beautiful house run by the Rosati family. It is a bed & breakfast (actually, dinner included !) homestay. Locanda Rosati is not in Orvieto city, it is about 15mins drive from the train station, and the city. On the drive to the house, you get to see the whole Orvieto from afar. I will write more about the cities in later posts.

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Giampiero, the host of the farmhouse was very nice and offered to pick me up at the train station when I sort out my train times. He was away in the morning but he made sure Paolo (his brother-in-law) was there to pick me up. Upon arrival, his sister Alba, was taking care of me and showing me around the house. I felt like I’m at a friend’s home already- warm and welcoming. I don’t speak very good Italian, and communicating with Paolo and Alba was very funny because we somehow managed to communicate the car transfer and dinner arrangements.

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I had stayed in B&B in the past, but it’s my first time to stay at a very traditional farm house in Italy. It is a traditional Umbrian stone country farmhouse located along the panoramic road to Lake Bolsena and Bagnoregio. Not only the house is situated at a very quiet but convenient location, the house itself is beautiful. Alba let me investigate her home and the farm freely, really making me feel like home. I was so relaxed at the house and just took a quick few hours trip to Orvieto, making sure I made it home by dinner time.

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All the keys were hung at the entrance of the door where the Rosati used as an office. They are so cute, all wood carved keys with different animals.

Dinner time was a fun time. It was the highlight of the stay. Served at 8pm the italian family style, all guests are gathered together and having dinner altogether with Giampiero. All food was served and freshly made in the house’s kitchen, straight from their farm. It was very interesting to talk to other guests, you encounter travellers of all age and all kinds, but everyone was genuinely enjoying their dinner and conservation with each other.  I had not taken any photos during dinner because the food was so great, and I was enjoying the company of everyone too much I didn’t even take my phone out.

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Giampiero was very caring and asked about our days, and giving us tips of what to do and where to go during day time. Unfortunately I was only staying for one night (which is definitely not enough!!), because there are vineyards and little excursions nearby that Giampiero can arrange. Dinner always starts with a cold or hot appetizer, continues with a pasta (or rice/soup), then the main&side dish, and ends with a dessert, grappa, limoncello and coffee. It was so delicious and fresh, and purely so enjoyable- as if you’re dining with a big italian family.

I had a morning stroll around the house the next day, and another morning dip at the outdoor pool behind the house. The water was so clean and fresh they didn’t even put any chlorine in the water.

 

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I had met other guests who returned to Giampiero’s beautiful home for few times, and I am sure if I re-visit Orvieto or nearby cities again, I will become one of them! Giampiero was so kind he drove me to the train station to send me off, it was such a beautiful stay and a real joy to have met the family. For anyone wants to have an experience of an Italian farmhouse stay, this is the place you should look into.

 

 

LOCANDA ROSATI

Loc. Buonviaggio, 22 / 05018 Orvieto (TR) – Italia
Tel.: +39 (0763) 217314
Fax: +39 (0763) 217783
E-mail: info@locandarosati.it