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An exclusive week in Orvieto… a stay at Palazzo Misciattelli

An exclusive stay at Orvieto’s guests-only Palazzo Misciattelli allows you to experience many of the wonders in and around Orvieto.


Experiences in Umbria – Golfing in Italy + Nightlife!

Golfing in Italy….within an hour or so drive from Orvieto, you can find some spectacular golf courses. From Marco Simone near Rome to the fabulous Antognolla near Perugia – Orvieto is surrounded by fantastic golfing. Then come home to Palazzo Misciattelli where you can walk to countless restaurants and bars for a fun night out on the town. And then simply walk home!


What distinguishes Palazzo Misciattelli in Italy?

Interesting fact: the number of tourists to visit Italy per year exceeds the actual population of Italy! Italy’s population is 60 million and the number of visitors to Italy last year reached almost 75 million! This says a great deal about what Italy has to offer, including culture, panoramas, cuisine, and much more. So when…


Pasta Making at Palazzo Misciattelli

Recently we had special guests at Palazzo Misciattelli for a three night stay on their honeymoon. We welcomed them as we do all of our guests with special gifts in their Luxury Residence: wine, local cookies, local savory pastries, and more.  But we wanted to do more for them since it was their honeymoon. As…

Easy walks exploring the sights and shops of the city of Orvieto, Umbria Tuscany

How does Orvieto fit into the itinerary of a trip to Italy? 

Does a trip to Italy always have to include Rome, Florence, Venice and Amalfi coast? Well, here’s the thing. I always advocate for the less-trafficked destinations. Why? Because the experience is more authentic, the food is better, the local people less burned out on tourists, and there are less crowds and traffic.  Almost every guest…


Parking and Getting Around in Orvieto, Umbria

Palazzo Misciattelli is positioned in the centro storico, or historic center, of the ancient city of Orvieto. It has been a family residence for generations, and now also is a boutique lodging option for travelers. We also live in the Palazzo, on the “piano nobile”, or historically aristocratic floor one level up from the piazza. …

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Palazzo Misciattelli – A Four Story Palazzo with 3000 Years of History

At first glance, the Palazzo seems straightforward enough.  10,000 square feet of above ground space over four levels. With additional very deep cantinas below ground.  Is it a “Renaissance” palazzo? A “Medieval” palazzo? Many palazzos in Italy vaunt themselves as such. But ours? With changes over three millennia? I struggle a bit here to define…


Palazzo – Luxury Beds, Beds, and More Beds

Beds are important to me. We sleep in an antique bed with panels for silk fabrics, and many levels of cushioning and linens and duvets. I am the Princess indeed! We also recreate the luxury and quality of our own beds in each of the Palazzo luxury residences.  Growing up, my aunt was fastidious about…


Three Gianluca’s and Four Enrico’s

We have had at least two to three dozen workers on the palazzo over the past two years, whether electricians, plumbers, tile layers, painters, plasterers, stone masons, builders, not to mention our design team of engineers, architects and geometras.  What is a geometra? I’ll get to that later. Think of him like a contractor of…

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The Italy Edit

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