Civita del Bagnoregio (from Orvieto)

Jan 22nd, 2007, 03:41 PM
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Thanks all~
I heard from both the Civita B&B (in the dying town) as well as Romantica Pucci B&B in Bagnoregio but I've heard very good reviews on the latter.
Would we be missing the ambience of what Rick Steves considers to be the best hill town (Civita) if we stay in Bagnoregio.
Also, we will be traveling on Sunday so will need a taxi. Any idea how that much might cost? Thanks much.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 05:38 PM
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Frankly, I'd spend more time in Orvieto. I thought Civita was much over rated and is a pain to park at and hugely overtouristed.
Places like Sovana, Pitigliano, Todi, Spoleto etc. have much more to offer and have dramatic settings as well.
If you haven't done the underground tour at Orvieto, I would choose that.
Whatever you do, enjoy
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 05:51 PM
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thanks so much. Did you have a car rented or go by bus? We are traveling by public transit and are limited. We only have a couple of days in Tuscany on our way from Venice to Amalfi (did Tuscany first trip) but find no bus service on Sundays. Any suggestions? Taxi, etc.?
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 06:00 PM
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With all your limitations and constraints, I would recommend skipping Civita. I wouldn't stay in the area either. Stay in Orvieto.
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Jan 22nd, 2007, 07:27 PM
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I agree with iandsmith & b'man.
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Sorry to bump up an old thread. But I have made it my personal mission to warn every single person I personally can to never stay at the B&B in Civita. I have personally stayed at both the B&B and Romantica Pucci B&B. Pucci (the person after whom the B&B is named) is an absolutely wonderful woman. charming gracious, fixed a lovely breakfast. her inn was very clean and delightful.

The B&B on the otherhand was run by a sullen, rude, overbearing man who kept shouting at us and talking about Rick Steves. The room was old, cracked, unkempt, the bathroom was down the hall and tiny. It was awful.

Anyway, we were in town visiting friends and my parents were staying at a house that their friends had rented for them. We didn't know it at the time, but they had an extra bedroom and rather than endure the unhospitable B&B in civita, we stayed with my parents.

Do not stay there. I have traveled all over the world, and the B&B in Civita is one of the worst places I have ever stayed including the $5 rooms in SE Asia.
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Apr 30th, 2007, 11:27 PM
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Interesting to see this old thread resurrected, but disappointing to see my earlier question still no nearer to being answered. It's fine to disagree with Rick Steves and to not like places he likes (and vice versa), but if I'm weighing up whether or not to include a place on my itinerary I need to know a bit more than that. I need to know what rings your bells and what rings RS's bells. Explaining merely that RS's travel style is different from yours is meaningful only if I know what RS's travel style is and what your travel style is.

So, HOW does RS's travel style differ from yours? Are you luxury and he budget? Or vice versa? Is he impressed by beautiful scenery and you by friendly people? Or vice versa? WHAT might RS have liked about Civito, and WHAT exactly didn't you like?
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May 1st, 2007, 05:26 AM
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Just go---you will love it.
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May 8th, 2007, 12:16 PM
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I can't help you. I don't know Rick Steve's style. I didn't know Civita was recommended by his book until I checked out every book in the library trying to find something on Civita to find info on a hotel in the area.

As I said, we were going to Civita to visit friends. We never really did the touristy part of the look around. I liked Civita and thought it was neat and interesting. Would I drive all the way out of the way for it? I don't know.

I enjoyed Orvieto for the day and found that Civita had a completely different vibe as did San Gimgano. I think we were there on an Italian holiday and the town had lots of people who had driven up for the day just to look.

I found it so unique because they were still cooking the food over an open hearth the way they must have done centuries ago. We bought olive oil from the bruschetteria, from the family who owned the restaurant. It was some of the best food I had while in Italy. It was amazing to think that the town had literally been built so many centuries ago, and you could truly feel how old the town was.

I even enjoyed the town at the base of Civita. We are dinner at the restaurant overlooking the pathway up to Civita. I found we slowed down and became almost a part of the Italian hill town because were staying for the night rather than viewing the town and just leaving.

As for my traveling stle, I like clean and hospitable. I can take anything from high end to low end as long as it is clean and with a bathroom. Don't ask me what Rick Steve's style is. Since then I've never picked up his books or watched his tv show.

But if you want to go to Civita, and it is on your route, I would definitely do it.
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