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Orvieto: Locanda Rosati


Reviewed by: Rich and Janice from CT, review #2833

When: April 2010

Gracious hosts, cheerful and delicious dinners, pleasant surroundings.

We go to Italy for the beauty, history, food, wine, but most of all, now that we have traveled there several times, for the people. Locanda Rosati was a very pleasant three day stay for us at the beginning of our recent holidays. The hosts, Giampiero, Paolo, and Christiana were very professional and full of good will.

The dinners are served at a long communal table, and at least one of the hosts partakes. It was our pleasure to dine with Giampiero twice. The guests were an interesting and friendly lot. The meals were superb. The room was comfortable (our was in a detached building at the back), the gardens very nice, and the view of Orvieto from the back of the property spectacular.

Reviewed by: BJinNM from NM, review #2503

When: October 2008

I would recommend this agriturismo. It was a very nice break from staying in cities.

The Locanda Rosati is an agriturismo in the area outside of Orvieto. It is a working farm raising olives, hazelnuts, chestnuts and fresh vegetables. It is in a private location off the highway with lots of room to walk around and enjoy the outdoors. There is a swimming pool. The area is beautiful.

From its location, everything must be driven to but there are some very good restaurants very close. The Locanda Rosati includes in the cost of the room a full breakfast and you can opt at additional cost to have a wonderful multi-course meal for dinner served family style at a single table with the other guests and the owner. The meals were outstanding and included all the wine, limoncello, and grappa you wanted.

The farmhouse has several rooms which are rented individually and all have private baths. The buildings were all restored within the last 10 to 12 years and are in great shape and very comfortable. There are several community rooms, access to the Internet and a game room with a television. There are probably about 12 rooms available. There is a washing machine available at no cost and an outdoor clothes line.

There is a large swimming pool but since it was late October it was already closed for the year. There are lots of outdoor seating areas, each in separate quiet areas. There are the fields where the farming occurs which to this city girl were a lot of fun to see.

Everything was very comfortable and very rustic. It was a perfectly lovely way to stay in the countryside.

The beds were very comfortable, the bathroom was large with a shower, no tub.

The quality of the breakfasts and dinners was outstanding. We had some of the best meals we had in Italy there. It was so much fun to sit over a leisurely dinner for several hours talking to other travelers and to the owner Giampiero.

We were treated very well by all of the people at the Locanda Rosati. One nice thing was that unlike many of the agritorismo places, we did not have to stay for a week and did not have to arrive on Saturday. This fit in with our trip plans very well. There were guests there for as little as a night or for as long as we were there.

All of Umbria and a great deal of southern Tuscany was within driving distance. The owners helped us each day plan our day and our route and had many great suggestions of places to visit. We got to see Marmone Falls as well as many of the towns of Umbria. It was a wonderful central point to take off from each morning and return to each evening.

Reviewed by: Mucca212 from US, review #2028

When: July 2007

We loved the Locanda Rosati and didn't want to leave. After months of travelling and staying in many different places, this is one of our favorites.

There's a previous review that mentions a lack of air conditioning but please note that there is a/c in each room now. We were there during the hottest days of the summer and we were very comfortable.

I can't say enough good things about the Locanda Rosati. We found it by chance through the Karen Brown guide and it turned out to be one of our favorite places. We extended our stay as long as we could and were sad to leave.

The farmhouse is lovely and the room was very nice. Our room was impeccably decorated and sparkling clean.

The best part about being there was partaking in the communal dinners. Sitting at a long table of guests and being served a fantastic four course meal every night was a real treat. The price for the meal (30 each) included all the wine, limoncello, and/or grappa you want. The food was delicious and plentiful. Each night had a party atmosphere and it was incredible to imagine that they host such lively dinners every night!

The rooms do not have refrigerators but we just asked for cold water from their kitchen. In a moment of hunger, I asked for a snack and was graciously offered fresh peaches from their trees. They are really lovely hosts.

The Locanda is outside of Orvieto and a car is necessary. There are many places nearby to visit besides Orvieto, so spending at least a few days would be my recommendation.

Overall, this is a friendly, casual farmhouse atmosphere. You won't find services/luxuries of a hotel (i.e. no bathroom by the pool, no mini-bar in the room) but that's a different kind of accommodation. This is truly more than just a place to sleep! Dinners are not to be missed. Enjoy!

Reviewed by: Goldengate from CA, review #1377

When: 2004

This B&B was fine for us for a one night stay.

Our room was somewhat small and dark. We were only staying for one night before going to our longer term rental so it was fine for us. Quiet, clean and close to Orvieto. They provide meals for guests, but we already had reservations in Orvieto. Whatever they were making smelled wonderful.

Reviewed by: Tracy S from GA, review #1200

When: September 2005

This B&B is near Lake Bolsena. It is simple, but expensive considering no TV, no A/C and you could hear EVERY little thing outside or in.

This B&B has its own chef and guests are encouraged to dine each night with the other guests with the chef's menu. We passed on that and ate in Lake Bolsena.

We had reservations here for 2 nights, but only stayed for 1. The room had no air conditioning so we kept the window open while a dog barked all night long. Also, we could hear the other guests come and go and in their rooms. The bed was hard as a rock. 115 per night.

Reviewed by: Steve from PA, review #697

When: August 2004

A warm, comfortable and wonderful place to stay.

We were very pleased with our stay at this restored farmhouse/agriturismo. It is located about a fifteen minute drive outside of Orvieto. Giampiero Rosati and his sister and her husband, Paolo (the chef), run this agriturismo. Rooms are comfortable, furnished with nice old furniture, and a bit rustic. Bathroom was very clean and modern.

We had dinner at Locanda Rosati the first night of our stay, and that led us to reserve dinner for the second night as well, because the food was so good. Everyone - Giampiero, the guests, friends of the family, eat at a big table in the dining room of the farmhouse. Food is extraordinary - home cooked and eat all you want, along with the excellent Rosati wines. You can buy the Locanda Rosati cookbook and some food items made by the family on the premises.

Farmhouse has an outdoor pool with some shaded areas for reading at each end of the pool.

If you are going to be in Orvieto, this is a great place to stay two or three days, or longer. It's on S71 about six kilometers from Orvieto.

Reviewed by: Charity B from CA, review #418

When: September 2003

An extremely restful, but intellectually stimulating, B&B with wonderful proprietors and food. Highly recommend this B&B!

This was a perfect choice for a place for my husband and me to recover from jetlag after flying into Rome. Central Tuscany was our destination for two weeks in apartments, and this B&B was on the way (we had reservations). It's an easy hour-and-a-half drive up the A1 from Rome, then 9 km along the road from Orvieto to Lake Bolsena. A pleasant location.

The owners are Giampiero Rosati and his sister Alba and her husband Paolo, who is the cook. Very pleasant, friendly, and cheerful. They like people and Gianpiero says he loves his work.

This is a comfortable stone country house with about 10 rooms, two common sitting rooms with books and the only TV, dining room, garden, and a swimming pool. Our room was quiet, very clean and neat, and had a large bed with a comfortable mattress. The bathroom was excellent. Ask for a room away from the road. We ate two dinners here with 10-14 other guests, all dining around a common table. We had stimulating conversations at the table both nights. Very interesting people seem to stay here! The food and wine were delicious and plentiful, and it was a good introduction for us to Tuscan/Umbrian style of dining. After dessert, coffee was served, as well as grappa and limonata. Dinner was served at 8:30PM and discussions continued until midnight!

Our room was 115/night with breakfast. Make reservation for dinner; 25.

As we drove to Tuscany from Locanda Rosati, I commented to my husband, "I feel very peaceful." He responded, "Yes, I know what you mean."

Reviewed by: colleenk from MA, review #331

When: June 2003

Charming 19th century farmhouse that has been restored to perfection in the beautiful hills outside Orvieto.

Locanda Rosati was a total delight. The farmhouse and grounds were so beautiful that I used a whole roll of film to be sure I captured it. The location is perfect, not only because it is only 9 km from Orvieto and all it has to offer but the countryside in every direction is stunning! It is also very tranquil which was a nice change after Rome. The roooms are spacious even by American standards, decorated with charm and boast terrific modern bathrooms. The pool is lovely also. The staff were friendly and helpful. The best part was the terrific communal dinners and meeting people from all over Europe and the US. The food was terrific (much of it from the farm) with a never ending supply of local wine and limoncello. I would highly recommend this B&B (who am I to disagree with Karen Brown?) and would stay here again in a heartbeat!

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