Orvieto, Italy

Palazzo Petrvs

Price per night from$369.05

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR346.67), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Creative and chronicled

Setting

Sand-stoned city central

History has had a classically cool makeover at Palazzo Petrvs, a regal nine-room retreat in Orvieto. At first glance, interiors are grand yet muted, but it’s in the details beyond perfectly plastered finishes and lofty ceilings that give this 16th-century palazzo its edge. Vintage Hans-Agne Jakobsson lamps cast a gentle glow over bold accents, seemingly modern artwork draws inspiration from the Sistine Chapel’s frescoes, and entryways are etched with the names of Roman nobility. Even the restaurant, in an adjoining converted church, is a one-of-a-kind wonder – just like the ancient city that awaits behind your artfully restored doors.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine, including two suites.

Check–Out

11am; earliest check-in is at 3pm. Both are flexible, on request and subject to availability.

Prices

Double rooms from £337.87 (€395), including tax at 14 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a Continental and buffet-style breakfast, plus eggs made to order.

Also

Unfortunately, the historic layout of Palazzo Petrvs isn’t suitable for guests with limited mobility.

Please note

Although there are no blackout dates at present, the hotel has plans to close its doors for November and some dates in January and February. 

At the hotel

Laundry service and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV with Chromecast, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making kit, minibar, free bottled water, and bespoke bath products.

Our favourite rooms

There may only be nine rooms in this repurposed palazzo, but picking just one is still a struggle as original features (vaulted ceilings, sand-stoned walls, and restored fireplaces) are deftly paired with bold fabrics and contemporary decor. View-seekers will do well with room three, a Deluxe option, which overlooks Via del Duomo and its eponymous cathedral. If it’s a little extra space you’re after, opt for the striking Suite Executive, where natural light floods through arched windows, a private plunge pool awaits on the terrace, and a private entrance adds an air of exclusivity.

Packing tips

A passion for pasta and your finest film camera.

Children

Leave the little Smiths at home, this city escape is over-18s only.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Dine by candlelight under one of Coro’s grand candelabra chandeliers.

Dress Code

Italian designers – vintage Versace and classic Cavalli – will stand strong in such palatial settings.

Hotel restaurant

Set under the sweeping arched ceilings of a renovated 16th-century church, Coro Restaurant pairs refined Umbrian fare with an opulent setting that’s primed for dreamlike dinners. Head chef Ronald Bukri (whose successful globetrotting career has included a stint at London’s Sketch) uses locally sourced ingredients to whip up seasonal dishes – the Pajata risotto puts a creative twist on a Roman classic, a zesty clam linguine is served with lentils and lemons, and spaghetti is seasoned with Parmesan and paprika. If decision-making isn’t your forte, opt for the 10-course tasting menu and sample a little bit of everything. Equally divine light lunches are dished at the hotel’s bar, Gocce, for those seeking some midday indulgence.

Hotel bar

Come evening, Gocce transforms into a moody cocktail bar, where mixologists shake up creative concoctions against exposed brick and bold striped interiors. During the warmer months, aperitivi are poured alfresco beside the terrace’s climbing vines.

Last orders

Coro is closed on Mondays, but plates up dinner from 7.30pm until 10.30pm six days a week. Lunch at the bar is served from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, and drinks are poured from 6pm to midnight.

Room service

There’s a separate room service menu, that’s available daily from 8.30am to midnight.

Location

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Address
Palazzo Petrvs
Via del Duomo 23
Orvieto
05018
Italy

Palazzo Petrvs is in southwestern Umbria, in the small Italian city of Orvieto.

Planes

Rome’s two airports (Fiumicino or Ciampino) are each around an hour and a half by road from Palazzo Petrvs. In summer, international flights serve Perugia, a 60-minute drive from the hotel. Staff can arrange private transfers from Perugia for €240 each way (€290 for a minivan) and both of Rome’s airports for €390 each way (€450 in a minivan).

Trains

Orvieto train station is 10 minutes by road from the hotel, and is served by a direct route from Rome. From Piazza Matteotti station, a 90-minute drive away, direct trains head to some of Italy’s major cities (including Florence, Arezzo and Bologna).

Automobiles

If you’re planning on exploring beyond the hotel’s gates, a set of wheels will be a good idea. Orvieto is just off Italy’s longest autostrada (A1), so routes around the region should be fairly easy.

Worth getting out of bed for

Orvieto is a charming 13th-century city set atop a volcanic cliff in Umbria’s Terni province, and Palazzo Petrvs puts you right in the centre of its old town, making the historic hotspots a natural first stop. Explore the underground world with a guided tour of the city’s 440 caves, excavated over 2,500 years ago. Above ground, Orvieto Cathedral is a 14th-century Roman Catholic building, aglow with a honeycomb-like network of gold mosaic tiling, and the towering Torre del Moro that looms over Corso Cavour. Etruscan artefacts line the walls of the Museo Claudio Faina e Civico and Museo Archeologico Nazionale, and the Chiesa di Sant-Andrea is worth a visit for its curiously carved bell tower. 

As is true of most Italian sojourns, food is a focus, and cooking classes are a sure way to learn the most from local culinary extraordinaires – head 30 minutes out of the city for pasta making and wine tastings at Decugnano dei Barbi. The hotel can also arrange boat trips on Lake Bolsena, horseback riding in the Umbrian countryside, and ceramics classes for those who’d rather keep two feet firmly on the ground.

Local restaurants

Traditional trattorie line the streets of Orvieto – among them, Labirinto di Adriano is well-loved not just for its homemade pastas and artisanal pizzas (though they are worthy of awards), but also for its gateway into the network of underground passageways – just ask the restaurant’s staff and they’ll take you down for a tour of the Etruscan-built caves. Find traditional Umbrian fare at I Sette Consoli, where original family recipes are still cooked by their creators and dished up in the Church of Sant Angelo’s former vegetable gardens.

Local cafés

Montanucci is the historic centre’s social locus, serving oven-warm pastries, fresh flans, perfectly brewed blends, and light lunches to locals and visitors alike.

Local bars

If it’s classy cocktails and live music you’re after, Febo sets the tone just right down Via Gualverio Michelangeli. And Bottega Vera, a few steps from the hotel, has been pouring refined wines since 1938.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this historic hotel in Umbria and unpacked their eye-catching ceramics and market mementos, a full account of their beguiling break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Palazzo Petrvs in Orvieto…

A few steps from the Duomo, and down a small cobblestone alley that teems with ceramic-sellers, you’ll find Palazzo Petrvs – a 16th-century all-Italian abode that’s bringing the bliss to central Orvieto. Guests arrive by the red-accented reception room, where restored features and sweeping beamed ceilings set the tone for the nine rooms that rest behind time-worn, etched doorways. Inside each, limewashed walls, striking striped fabrics and crittall panels add doses of modernity to otherwise historic interiors including tuff-stone walls cast from the city’s hillsides, and intricate paintings adorned into exposed beams. But masterful remodelling isn’t all the palazzo’s owners are skilled at, for they’ve assembled a stellar culinary team, whose modern takes on Umbrian classics are served among the saints at church-turned-restaurant Coro. So whether you’re sipping craft cocktails at the bar, or reclining in your history-steeped suite after a day exploring the city, you’ll find the blend of ancient and modern here expertly balanced.

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Price per night from $369.05