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Orvieto: Casa Selita B & B

Strada di Porta Romana 8, Phone: 076.334.4218

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Reviewed by: SteelerPat from DE, review #3149

When: October 2011

Everything you hope for in a B & B -- great accommodations, wonderful setting, and exceptional hosts.

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From the moment I first contacted Selita about a reservation, I recognized a kindred spirit. Selita is energetic, cheerful, and has a real zeal for pleasing her guests. In addition, she has a wonderful helpmate and spouse, Ennio, who offers wine tastings to share his passion for the wines of the region (he's a sommelier who teaches classes in oenology). Their B & B is worthy of a longer stay than we scheduled.

Situated just below the hill town of Orvieto, Casa Selita has a peaceful ambiance while being just a short walk uphill to an elevator that that takes you into the old town. Selita and Ennio will assist you with chosing restaurants and places to visit as well as helping you make plans for seeing the countryside.

Free parking make this an excellent choice for those with a car but the B & B is a short taxi ride from the train station as well.

The rooms are housed in a new building constructed in the same style as Selita's grandmother's house next door. There are lovely terraces on which to lounge and a common room in which to relax. The rooms are well designed with modern baths and a countryhouse feel. The property is extremely quiet and restful.

Breakfast is served family-style in the common room and features homemade selections. If you reserve in advance, Ennio will schedule a wine tasting that includes appetizers and, if you are lucky, wonderful conversation with other guests. A terrific way to spend an evening and to learn more about Italian life.

If you are planning a trip to Orvieto or the region of Umbria, don't miss this gem. It is extremely convenient for dropping off a car and catching the train to Rome.

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