Locanda Rosati (Orvieto)
Umbria and the Marches, Italy
The Locanda Rosati is a typical stone country house located only a few kilometers from the magical city of Orvieto along the panoramic road to Lake Bolsena. The drive from the valley (toll highway A1 Orvieto exit) offers magnificent views of the city. High up on a majestic plateau, the mediaeval towers and buildings stand silhouetted against the sky and the great cathedral glows gold in the afternoon sun. The Locanda Rosati is a warm and friendly haven at the end of a long day spent wandering around mediaeval towns.The owners' main concern is how to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Geographically, the house is ideally located for day trips to the historical cities of Lazio and parts of Tuscany, including the Val d'Orcia, Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, where old traditions in culture, wine and food still reign. The loveliest cities in Umbria are also within easy reach, including Todi, Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, as well as the fascinating smaller towns such as Spello, Cortona, Città della Pieve. Giampiero can give you helpful hints for unusual itineraries, all the more interesting because they are off the beaten track.
The countryside is unbelievably beautiful all year round. What could be nicer than sitting around the fire, sipping a glass of fine local wine, after a hike through the woods and fields. In summer you can wind down in the park with a dip in the swimming pool reserved for guests framed by olive trees and, in the distance, grottoes and caves. Once you have been here and let the true soul of Umbria sink in, you'll be eager to return to enjoy the stimulating company in the relaxing atmosphere of the Locanda Rosati.
The house itself is furnished so as to make you feel at home. The ground floor has an intimate reading or music room as well as a large informal space for casual encounters and conversation. The guest rooms (one of which is equipped for the disabled) are simply but elegantly furnished. It's easy to remember which room is yours, for all are metaphorically inhabited by local creatures - hare, dog, badger, dormouse, raccoon, cat and frog - shown (in wood) above the door.
The quality cuisine reflects the origin of your hosts and keeps faith with the finest tradition of the Umbrian and Tuscan countryside. Appetizing home-made pasta dishes and hearty soups with cold pressed extra-virgin olive oil, as well as Tuscan ribollita (vegetable and bread soup), prepared by Alba with produce and herbs from the Locanda's garden, are served every day. Delicious savory roasts, fragrant bread and pizza all come out of the traditional wood-burning brick oven. From the dining room you can reach the wine cellar, hand-carved from lava rock. The Locanda Rosati is an ideal place for an encounter. The evenings pass all too quickly around the dinner table, where Giampiero and Paolo regale their guests with stories and help them decide on the next day's outing.
Italian courses for foreigners
Italian courses for foreigners at the Locanda Rosati, in cooperation with Lingua Si - Institute of Italian Language and Culture - from Orvieto. All teachers are qualified and specifically trained. Classes are for a maximum of 8 students; one-to-one lessons and courses for senior students are also available. The school draws students from all over the world, due to the high standard of teaching.
Visits to wine cellars
Visits to wine cellars; wine tasting and the opportunity of sampling the local pork-dressed products and cheeses. You will also be able to visit the cellars of the vine-growing and wine-producing 'Le Velette', which date back to 1000 A.D. These are the oldest wine cellars in the area.
Riding tours in the green Umbrian countryside, accompanied by an instructor from the Orvieto Riding Club. The club is 5 km from the Locanda.
Tours to Tuscan and Umbrian sites
Independent or guided tours to Tuscan and Umbrian sites of interest, real jewels of the art world. The Locanda's proximity to the most beautiful towns of Umbria, such as Todi, Spoleto, Assisi, Gubbio, and of Tuscany, like Pienza, S.Quirico d'Orcia, Monticchiello, Montepulciano, Montalcino and Terme di Saturnia, offers the opportunity of daily outings to sites of great natural beauty and artistic interest.
Etruscan tours help you discover a very ancient and mysterious civilization. You will be able to visit the most important Etruscan necropolis, with its frescoed tombs, delving into an ancient civilization, some aspects of which are still shrouded in mystery and just waiting to be discovered.