Guests who choose to spend a holiday in Umbria – or even just a long weekend in the surroundings of Orvieto – will have the choice of a multitude of activities and itineraries. Casa Malescale is located in the Orvieto region and is about 10kms from the centre of this cathedral city, on the borders of Lazio and Umbria where you can breathe clean, cool air even during the scorching summer heat.
With this favourable position, within easy reach of Orvieto and the motorway, Casa Malescale is perfectly placed for exploring the charming towns that are located all around the Orvieto region: Bolsena with its impressive lake; historic cities Gubbio, Spello, Assisi and Perugia; Terni with its famous waterfalls (Cascate delle Marmore).
Also nearby lies Civita di Bagnoregio, as well as historical and atmospheric places such as Pitigliano, Manciano, Scansano, Capalbio, Tuscania, Tarquinia, San Casciano dei Bagni, Saturnia and Bagni S. Filippo. Choosing Orvieto and Casa Malescale means you can be sure of a relaxing holiday, be it short or long, and a wonderful chance to experience excellent local culture, history and food.
Orvieto Cathedral – an Italian masterpiece of Gothic architecture, is one of the greatest artistic achievements of the late middle ages in Italy. It is a unique architectural example that defies any simplistic classification of style, for here the driving sentiments of the great cathedrals of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the architectural solutions of the mendicant orders and the figurative motifs of the French Gothic, find a perfect harmony and balance that supercedes the original Romanesque Basilica style.
St. Patrick’s Well – was built according to a design proposed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. The well is 62 meters deep and, within its interior, are two spiral staircases – an up and down – in a double helix, designed to facilitate the drawing of water from the well.
Pozzo della Cava – a fascinating underground journey in the medieval quarter of Orvieto, rich with caves and archaeological finds, recently brought to light. The well is carved entirely from the volcanic tuff, the stone which forms the cliff-top site of Orvieto. It has a depth of 36 meters, the last few metres of which are taken up by the water source. The “Nativity in the Well” is held here every year over the Christmas period.
Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo in Orvieto – located in Piazza del Popolo, this palazzo is a simple yet grandiose construction of striking beauty. Forming part of this harmonious piazza it dates back to the early thirteenth century but its origin is controversial. It is thought to have been built initially by the Neri della Greca family on top of a pre-existing papal palace dating back to 1157.
Emilio Greco Museum, Orvieto – adjacent to the Bishop’s Palace, it is also called the Palace of Boniface VIII. There is conflicting evidence on the building. Some say it was built for Pope Bonifacio on his initiative, according to others it was built by the inhabitants of Orvieto in honour of the pontiff. It consists of two large rooms one on top of the other; the lower room is home to the Emilio Greco museum, the upper room is home to the Museum of the Opera del Duomo. The two rooms are connected by a wide staircase set against one of the outer walls of the building.
Torre del Moro at Palazzo dei Sette, Orvieto – belonged to the ancient Della Terza family, then it was owned by the Papacy, home of the Sette (the seven representatives of the arts) and later by the pontiff. In 1515 Pope Leo X gave the town the tower along with other ecclesiastic buildings. The palace was the seat of the Governor but later it was used for public functions. The door on the right provides access to the city tower, known to all as the Moro tower, almost certainly named after Raffaele Gualterio, known as Il Moro, owner of the Gualterio palace below.
Palazzo Faina in Orvieto – home to the “Claudio Faina” Museum and the Civic Museum. This building was donated to Orvieto by Count Claudio Faina and is situated in Piazza Duomo, in front of the cathedral. The palace was built around the first half of the 1800s over an earlier medieval Monaldeschi building.
Palazzo Medici – located at Porta Romana, this palace is thirteenth-century in style. Of particular importance are the windows on the top floor which display interesting ornamental motifs.
Necropolis Crocifisso, Orvieto – is an Etruscan necropolis located at the base of the cliffs of Orvieto. It was used most extensively during the mid-sixth century BC and half way through the following century. It can be reached via a footpath which links up to the circular walk that circumnavigates the cliffs of Orvieto.