My wife and I – we are in our 60s, very active and experienced travelers – stayed at the B&B CasaSelita in Orvieto for 2 nights in early September 2014 – the 4th stop on our 2-week Italy vacation. We were initially attracted to this property because of (1) ratings on various sites that emphasized the convenient location, the quiet location, and the cleanliness and comfort of the rooms; (2) the potential ability to easily walk to Orvieto; (3) free parking; and (4) the price.
Our experience exceeded expectations in all respects! Our room was exceptionally nice, the beds were excellent, everything spotless clean, and the bathroom was very modern. Breakfast was outstanding – traditional European fare, except no eggs – and we were able to eat on the terrace that overlooked the beautiful countryside and listen to the church bells. The staff, especially Selita, were all extremely nice and helpful. The B&B was were easy to find as there were various signs along the road pointing the way.
One can walk into old Siena from the hotel, as advertised, but it’s more like 10 minutes, not 5 minutes – and all uphill. After arriving at the large parking area, be sure to take the free elevator to the top, not the long and slow series of escalators. The first night, we went into town for dinner, but did not enjoy the walk back in the dark having some concern for safety as there was absolutely no one around at 9:00 PM. On the second night, we made the 5-minute drive into Orvieto Scalo – the area you first go through when you exit the Autostrada – and found a wonderful restaurant (there are many) where we paid significantly less for dinner than in old town Orieto.