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Hotel suggestions for Orvieto - and Etruscan stuff?

Old Sep 7th, 2020, 11:20 PM
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Hotel suggestions for Orvieto - and Etruscan stuff?

Hello, we are spending two weeks in Italy, we have hired a car which we shall take from Fiumicino Airport after spending three nights in Rome: then we drive to Tuscania where we shall spend three nights, taking in Cerviteri with its Etruscan Museum and Necropolis, we've done the tombs at Tarquinia before as well as the wonderful Etruscan Museum there - apparently there is quite a lot of Etruscan stuff in Tuscania, I know there is a museum, but does anyone know how we can see the actual tombs, old sites etc?

Anyway, I have been advised that Orvieto is also of interest and has interesting Etruscan stuff too - but I am struggling to find a decent hotel with parking, and I am looking to suggestions on here, we do like a nice place to stay - this is our first vacation this year so might as well make it special? Suggestions please?

Also any pointers on what to do there to see things Etruscan would be appreciated?

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Old Sep 8th, 2020, 07:21 AM
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There are Etruscan sights and museums in many places throughout Tuscany and Umbria, as well as north into Emilia-Romagna and south all the way to Campagna.

Best Places to Find Etruscan Ruins in Italy - Melange Travel

http://www.wanderingitaly.com/histor...ilization.html

http://www.frommers.com/destinations...truscan-sights

Orvieto is very interesting, but if you're using it as a base for excursions to other places every day you might be better off staying in a smaller town nearby with easier ingress/egress. Orvieto has a ZTL (limited traffic zone), and any hotel with parking will instruct you on the very specific route you need to drive to reach the property.

Here are 100+ properties in/around Orvieto that offer parking... We've stayed at and can recommend the Piccolomini, but we didn't have a car.

https://www.booking.com/searchresult...ty%3D2%3B&rsf=
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I would also recommend Palazzo Piccolomini. I stayed there years ago and was supposed to stay again this past April...Orvieto remains one of my favorites! The Picco!omini is actually located almost right at the top of the escalators coming up from the car park. We did daytrips out and about for 3 days and found it very easy! The car park was easy to use and drive in and out of. Buon viaggio!
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I would also recommend Palazzo Piccolomini. I stayed there years ago and was supposed to stay again this past April...Orvieto remains one of my favorites! The Picco!omini is actually located almost right at the top of the escalators coming up from the car park. We did daytrips out and about for 3 days and found it very easy! The car park was easy to use and drive in and out of. Buon viaggio!
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The Etruscan ruins in Fiesole were interesting.

Small village, not sure about ZTL. Plenty of accommodation options.

Only a short bus ride into Florence
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If the time in Tuscany is driven primarily by Etruscan sights and is limited to just 2 days/3 nights, I like the area around Pitigliano (which has an interesting history besides the Etruscans), Sovana (and the Vie Cave, roads carved into the tufa) and Sorano. There are several things to see within a small area, so time spent driving would be minimal. A year or so ago, friends did a horseback tour of some Vie Cave
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Wow Jean, those must have been some sure-footed horses! The via cave we walked in were sleep and slippery, but utterly fascinating. I also heartily recommend Pitigliano, and especially the archaeological park outside Sovana which has statues as well as via cave. We also took a peek at a tomb in Vetulonia and visited the rather large archaeological site at Populonia/Baratti, also highly recommended, but I think there might be limited time. Now that I have visited the Etruscan sites in southern Tuscany, I hope to explore those in Lazio. I need to revisit the Tuscan areas as well--we spent much of our time outdoors and it was often too nice to venture inside museums to see more artifacts.
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Old Sep 11th, 2020, 07:55 AM
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yorkshire...

Strange Places in Italy: Vie Cave, the Etruscan Cave Roads of Tuscany - GRAND VOYAGE ITALY
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It was great revisiting that trip, one of my most favorite of my visits to Italy, the via cave are quite diverse indeed. We walked into one outside of Pitigliano and encountered a disturbing but atmospheric sight of a dead fox rotting in a cave. It gave me the creeps!
Jean I wish I had that link when planning so I could have planned a circuitous walk.
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Piggybacking on this thread, we'll be coming from Val D'Orcia--renting a car just for our time in Tuscany--was in Orvieto a few years ago but just went by train; does anyone know if Orvieto's a good place to ditch our rental car? We'll be taking a train south to Salerno after that.

Also, was planning to reserve at Hotel Duomo again, since it is right by the cathedral and we'll only be there a night. Dayle, is Hotel Piccolomini also on the square?
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Hi, annw,
We did something similar - Orvieto was a good place to drop the car. I booked through Auto Europe and the reservation was with Hertz. The rental place was on the lower level of the town, near the train station and beside the cable car, so an easy ride into town. Once there, we took a bus near the location of the hotel.

We also stayed in Palazzo Piccolomini. It isn’t in the Piazza del Duomo, but maybe a 10 minute stroll away. I really liked the hotel a lot and found the staff very helpful. But if you want to be right next to the Duomo, this isn’t it.
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Several years ago, we picked up a car at Hertz in Orvieto that we booked directly through Hertz. The Hertz station is still there, but AutoEurope no longer supports it and in fact does not represent any rental company in Orvieto. (Also, Hertz closed their office in Chiusi.) Depending on when you're going, there may be other closures and changes.
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Originally Posted by Jean View Post
Several years ago, we picked up a car at Hertz in Orvieto that we booked directly through Hertz. The Hertz station is still there, but AutoEurope no longer supports it and in fact does not represent any rental company in Orvieto. (Also, Hertz closed their office in Chiusi.) Depending on when you're going, there may be other closures and changes.
I just doublechecked last year’s car rental reservation, and we did, in fact, book a car through AutoEurope with Hertz, picking it up in Bologna and dropping it off in Orvieto. So some relationship still exists.
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If you do a dummy search on AutoEurope with Orvieto as the dropoff location, you get "No results." It may be a temporary Covid disruption, or it may reflect a change in AutoEurope's relationship with Hertz. Time will tell.

At Hertz.com, you can book a car for pickup and/or dropoff at Orvieto on Via Martiri near the train station.
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<<If you do a dummy search on AutoEurope with Orvieto as the dropoff location, you get "No results." It may be a temporary Covid disruption, or it may reflect a change in AutoEurope's relationship with Hertz. Time will tell. >>

True, there may be any number of reasons why there are no results right now, and Covid certainly may be a reason. I was just clarifying that in fact, in the fall of 2019, we did book Hertz through AutoEurope.
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Would you mind opening your own thread - I feel that the original thread of mine had interest in it's own right - this is said in a spirit of goodwill, thanks
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Old Nov 13th, 2020, 10:11 AM
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patriciabrogan, thread's evolve. People asking related questions bring your original inquiries back up to the top, which is a good thing if you're hoping for more information from others who may not have seen your thread the first time around.
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carhire - AND Etruscan stuff?
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Progol and Jean, thanks a million for your really helpful information.

Patricia, as Jean said, posters very often piggyback threads, and as she also notes, it bumps threads up to the top so others will see them, netting you more responses.
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What - like facebook, try to get as many "likes" as possible,? I asked for advice, got excellent advice (which will serve the whole community), I need no more, I don't need "likes", I don't need to go back to the top to "net more responses"!
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