Let me set the stage for you: it was brutally hot in July 2010. We were really tired. We'd had a rough day, and we were a little puzzled by the directions to the agriturismo, which is about fifteen minutes out of Orvieto proper. Then imagine that we follow what looks like a driveway into the midst of vineyards and olive orchards, and find ourselves in an Italian version of Shangri-La. We are shown to a pretty room with tiled floor, a spacious bathroom, and a private patio/balcony overlooking the immense Rock from which the hotel takes its name. Below the patio, we could see the pool complex, simply begging us to shuck our shoes and plunge in. (There is also a jacuzzi and a full health club.) A young staff member brought us a bottle of chilled white wine in our room, and we began to unwind in the mercifully effective air conditioning.
We were so exhausted (and unsure of directions) that we decided to eat at the restaurant which is attached to the agriturismo. See my recommendation elsewhere. The point here is simply to establish that you really could decide not to go ANYWHERE else -- though since Orvieto was my favorite city, I'd hate to have you miss it.
In the morning, we were welcomed to a munificent breakfast. As with most good Italian hotels, one could get freshly brewed latte, cappuccino, or another hot beverage. La Rocca also featured a groaning board with local sausages, cheeses, yogurt, granola, fruit crostatas, cakes, hot breads, cereal, juices and fresh fruit. There were also wonderful little biscuits which were great to have for "elevenses". You can work all of this off by getting on one of the bicycles provided and touring the immediate vicinity, or playing bocce on the court, or of course enjoying the pool and health club. We saw several young families -- La Rocca has a number of cottages and holiday apartments as well as hotel-style rooms and suites -- and everyone seemed to be relaxing and enjoying the beautiful place.
La Rocca bottles its own wine and olive oil, and no visitor should leave without a few bottles.
Unique Quality: My son and his wife have been planning a belated Italian honeymoon for some time. I wrote them as soon as we returned to say they need look no further than La Rocca.
Directions: Follow the directions on the website. This place is not easy to find, but it is definitely worth the trip.
Piazza Ranieri 36, Orvieto
Via Monte Nibbio 1/3, Orvieto
Corso Cavour 343, Orvieto
Loc. Buonviaggio 22, Orvieto
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