An exquisite hotel in a real medieval setting
Posted May 26, 2015
We just loved this place! The Residenza Farnese, in the town of the same name, is a bit off the beaten path but only a couple of hours by car from the Rome airport. The on-line pictures accurately show the understated elegance and tasteful decor of the rooms. What they don't show is how comfortable the beds are, how delicious the breakfast is, and how warmly welcoming the bilingual owner and her assistant are. The Residenza is located in the medieval quarter of Farnese, a small town a little over an hour's drive southwest of Orvieto. Farnese is a real working Italian town in Northern Lazio, not a gentrified, overly cute, cater-to-tourists village you might find elsewhere. You will definitely need a car to enjoy Farnese to the fullest. Within easy driving distance are the hill towns of Pitigliano and Montefiascone, the walled city of Tuscania, the lakeside resorts of Bolsena and Capodimonte and, of course, the beautiful city of Orvieto, with it's astonishing cathedral. Only a little farther by car are the Tuscan seaside resorts of Porto Ercole and Santo Stefano on the island of Monte Argentario, and, in the opposite direction, the Umbrian hill town of Todi. You can park briefly in the Piazza to roll your bags about 75 meters to the hotel, then park for free, 24-7, in one of the large lots only a little farther away. Only 50 meters from the hotel is a great little restaurant -- La Piazzetta del Sole -- where the food is local and delicious.