San Faustino, 11
05018 Morrano di Orvieto (Terni-Umbria), Italy
Tel: +39 0763 215303
Located about 20 minutes from Orvieto, the Borgo San Faustino is an exceptional agriturismo. Comfortable rooms, great food and a gracious host - Maurizio Fillipi will all make your stay here memorable.
2009 - We thoroughly enjoyed our 4th visit. We had the pleasure of helping celebrate owner, Maurizio Filippi’s birthday with cake and champagne. All the hotel guests sang “Happy Birthday” and just to show what a multicultural place it is we were from six different countries!! He has redesigned the main building which has made for a bright and pleasant room for the agriturismo guests and it works well with the larger dining room which is used by the general public and is a great venue for weddings or other receptions. Also, as part of the change, they have moved and substantially enlarged their kitchen and the chef and staff proudly showed us their new facility.
2008 - We returned to the Borgo San Faustino in 2008 which continues to be one of our Great Places to Stay. Maurizio Filippi & his family are the owners and they keep their agriturismo in good condition. This past year they updated some pool furniture, added a children's pool & their new building has been completed and houses both apartments and rooms.
We ate in their large dining room which is available to both hotel guests and non-guests. Their cuisine would be considered "good home style" cooking and not "haute cuisine" and we had a very tasty meal.. We had just arrived in Italy so we were not dressed up and felt perfectly comfortable in our casual attire.
We were pleased to see that they have continued to keep their prices down and think a stay there is very good value considering the services available
We first stayed here in 2005, 2007 and returned in 2008.
This is a great place to use to stay in Umbria. You are high up in the hills, you are staying in the country. The 20 to 25 minute drive up the country road is pleasant and takes you away from the pace of tourists in the larger cities.
Borgo San Faustino is located about 25 minutes from the A1 autostrata so the southern Tuscan towns of Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino are an easy visit.
Umbrian towns of Todi, Assisi, Deruta, Cortona & Perugia make for easy day trips also. Orvieto is our favourite hilltop town and we really enjoy being able to get to the old town within 15 minutes or so.
It is close to Rome…just under two hours drive. For those that don’t want to brave the driving and parking in Rome. Orvieto is also a (1) one hour train ride from Rome.
Borgo San Faustino has a beautiful location and looks over the lush rolling hills. Although you can catch some of the views from the rooms the best views are from the pool area which is in the centre of the agriturismo property.
The meals are optional, we have enjoyed ours. There is a country-style breakfast in the morning.
In 2008 we arrived quite late, landing in Rome at about 6 and by the time we got our luggage and the car and drove directly up to Borgo Faustino we arrived a little before 9. No problem, a warm welcome and we were able to order the meal of the day - which was great - a pasta, roast pork and a great Italian almond cake. That and a couple of bottles of wine and there is no better way to start an Italian vacation.
The rooms are in the main house as well as out buildings and while we were there they were building another building that will offer both rooms & apartments to open in late 2008 early 2009.
Great care and attention have been given to the outdoor furnishings. Lots of lounge chairs around the pool. The pool is large and as the custom in Italy is not heated but we found it to be refreshing after a long hot day of touring. They have beautiful upholstered furniture to lounge on in a covered area and we enjoyed these while playing some cards.
In another annex building, they have fitness equipment. For those that have children you will find the Borgo San Faustino to be kid friendly. They have an outdoor play area for the kids.
The Borgo San Faustino also has a large dining room for those that might want a wedding there or some other function. I can’t think of a more beautiful location! However, the guests of the agriturismo eat in a smaller, comfortable and more intimate room. We liked this since we have stayed at some places where the hotel was run as a convention/reception hall and the hotel guests are secondary. This is not the case at the Borgo San Faustino.
In comparison to other agriturimos that we have stayed, we have found the Borgo to be very reasonably priced particularly considering the facilities and location.
Maurizio Fillipi and his family do not speak fluent English, but enough to get by - there will be lots of smiles and effort and they will make you feel at home. We highly recommend a stay at the Borgo San Faustino.
Take the S71 out of Orvieto heading towads Morrano Nuovo. Continue on the S71, there will be a turn taking you up into the hills. Continue along the road past Morrano Nuovo. The San Faustino is well marked.
Vicolo del Popolo, 9
Visiting our friends Gianluca Antoniella and Veila de Angelis - now operating the very successful Champagneria Orvieto, Gianluca and Velia took us to luch as this small restaurant located in Orvieto. Located just off Corso Cavour walking towards Piazza del Popolo, this is a small hidden treasure of Orvieto. .Small tables, just crammed pack with people all enjoying very good food. Lucio Sforza creates Umbrian cuisine. Expect dishes from local wild boar loin to homemade wind dried horsemeat.
via de' Carfari, 4
On a recent visit to Orvieto we ate at the Antico Bucchero - great meal. Located on the small street of via de' Catrari it is located just off the Corso Cavour. In 2006 we had a great lunch, sharing an antipasti, two pasta dishes, one with rabbit sauce, the other with asparagus, and then a secondi or roast port and steak in balsamic sauce. With a bottle of wine it all cam eto 77 Euro. We will be back.
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