Frequently Asked Questions
Q. If I am flying what airport should I land in?
A. If you are flying, I would recommend landing in Rome Fiumicino International Airport. From this point you can take the train or pick up your rental car. Orvieto is a 70 min drive north of Rome. Alternatively the train terminal is directly across from the airport terminal and accessible by a skywalk. The train to Orvieto will connect in either Termini terminal or Tiburtina terminal. From either of these stations take the Intercity train directly to Orvieto station. The entire journey take less than 2 hours.
Q. Is a car necessary? How do I arrange to rent a car?
A. Orvieto is very well serviced by the TrenItalia network of trains. You can reach Rome in 50 min or Florence in 90 min. You can visit many small towns by bus. However, trips to the countryside, wineries or spas are difficult without a car. You can rent a car from Hertz in Orvieto Scalo near the train station.
All major car rental agencies are represented at the airport and the drive to Orvieto is along a major highway. If you intend to rent a car for your entire vacation it is less expensive to arrange the car rental from North America. Consider your needs for comfort and luggage storage when you choose a rental car. Check the rental contract details carefully. Is there a surcharge for additional drivers? Do you get unlimited mileage? Are there age restrictions? Cars in Italy are typically equipped with a manual transmission. Automatic transmission is available at a higher price. Book in advance, as availability may be limited.
Please don’t drink and drive! Wear all seat belts provided and don’t speed. Reduce you speed in wet weather and drive with care.
Q. What is the weather like?
A. Umbria enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with dry, hot summers and cool winters. The raised position of Orvieto means that the city enjoys a fresh temperature in the evenings.
In the summer Orvieto daytime temperatures are around 28°C/84°F although the evenings may be cool.
Autumn is the favourite season of many travellers. The weather is very pleasant with daytime temperatures around the low 20’sC/70’sF. Fall weather can bring rain beginning around the end of October. September is much like the summer but not quite as hot.
Winters are generally cool; the temperature will vary around 10C /50F. Snow is rare.
Spring is very pleasant and can be quite warm. Daytime temperatures range in the low 20’s/70’s F.
Q. Who has the keys to the house?
A. Before you leave for Orvieto I will email a package of information that provides you with directions and key information. The house keys will be conveniently located in a lock box. The combination will be provided to you before you leave on your vacation. If you have any problems, my property manager will be available to help you.
Q. Where do we buy food? How will we find the things we need?
A. There is no shortage of fresh local food and produce available in the town. Every Thursday and Saturday morning there is a wonderful market in the Piazza del Popolo. There is a supermarket in Orvieto that should have everything you need. There are many butchers and fish mongers in the town, all with good quality items. Many great restaurants and cafes are within walking distance when you want to take a break from the kitchen.
Q. What do you suggest we do and see while in Orvieto?
A. If you would like to do some exploring while you are staying at our holiday home in Orvieto consider a drive in the countryside. Travel the route of the Etruscan Roman Wines and sample wines produced in the area such as Orvieto Classico and Orvieto Classico Superiore. If you have time visit an Olive Oil farm or one of the many neighbouring picturesque villages in the area all with interesting museums and sites. For sports enthusiasts Lake Bolsena offers a variety of summer activities. There are several driving itineraries for the different regions of Umbria. The tourist office can provide information on tours in and around Orvieto.
Q. How do I stay in contact with my family/business?
A. Our home is equipped with wireless high speed internet service so you can bring along your laptop and easily stay in touch.
Q. What should I know about the Italian culture that will make my visit more enjoyable?
A. Italians are very friendly, full of energy and passion. Understanding some of the cultural variations will help make your stay more enjoyable. Lunch is served at 1pm and many stores and shop close at this time. The town is quiet until 4-5pm when most stores reopen. Dinner begins around 7:30-8pm. It is common for families to be walking the town, enjoying a gelato or coffee late in the evening. So plan your day around the Italian schedule to avoid frustration. Some shops are open on Sunday. August is a popular time for Italians to vacation, many shops are closed.
Q. What should we bring?
A. I have furnished my home with everything you will need to vacation comfortably. The kitchen is well equipped with a full complement of small and large appliances. We have a 5-burner professional stove and oven, double door refrigerator with bottom freezer, microwave and dishwasher. We have an ironing board and an iron, a washer and dryer. There are hair dryers available for your use.
There will be soap, toilet tissue, facial tissue and paper towel enough to begin your stay in the house but you may have to stock up on these items during your visit. Some condiments and non-perishable foods will be left for you to use. If you arrive on a Saturday afternoon you may want to shop for groceries before beginning any activities as the grocery store and butchers etc. in Orvieto will be closed on Sunday.
If you choose to bring any personal electrical appliances, the electrical voltage in Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycles.
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