hotel la badia

Photos courtesy of Hotel La Badia








Once a primitive church existed on this site. Legend claims that when St. Severo died, he was brought to Orvieto for burial. A noble Lombardi, Lady Rotruda, touched the coffin in her grief, and her hand was entrapped. To free her hand, she promised to build a fine abbey.

The Abbey of Saint Severo and Martyrio was administered by the Benedictines for centuries, becoming a residence for notable cardinals and popes. La Badia’s tower was built in 1103 by Matilde di Canossa, an important figure during the conflict between the papacy and the Holy Roman emperor.

For the last hundred years, the property has been in the hands of a noble Umbrian family, who have transformed it into a fine hotel.

Pamela’s Perspective

Keep in mind the hotel is outside of Orvieto. To reach town, there’s a parking lot just a short drive away where you’ll find an escalator to take you into the center.

Although located near the autostrada, the hotel is set far enough back where you can’t hear it.


Hotel La Badia

A 12th-century monastery


Loc. La Badia, 8
05019 Orvieto
Tel: ++39 0763 30 19 59
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Fast facts

21 rooms and 5 suites

Double rooms: 84–230 euros
Suites: 159–320 euros
Rates include breakfast.
Special offers available

Open: March through December

Getting there

Orvieto is 100 km north of Rome and 160 km south of Florence. The monastery is located 4 km south of Orvieto and only 3 km from the A1 Autostrada—exit Orvieto and follow directions to Viterbo. Watch for signposts. The nearest train station is at Orvieto.

What to do

On site: swimming pool; tennis; in-room spa


Yes. Ceremonies can be held in the monastery’s 12th-century church. Wedding planner on staff. Inquire hotel for details.


Lovers of Italian history and medieval culture will find La Badia a great choice of accommodations. A walk among the candlelit cloisters and porticoes in the evening almost overwhelm with the sheer sense of antiquity. A 12th-century abbey, 12-sided Romanesque tower, and wall frescoes all contribute to a wonderful atmosphere.

Antique furnished guest rooms are in keeping with the hotel’s origins but not overly so. Some rooms are quite spacious with views, vaulted ceilings, and stone walls. Bathroom and shower areas can be on the small side.

Another highlight of Hotel La Badia is the restaurant, and be sure to include a dinner here during your stay. Meals are a good value, and for dinner, anything from the menu is included. You can even watch the chef prepare your food over an open fire.

Something special

curlicueSpectacular views of Orvieto

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