A masterpiece among masterworks: welcome to this elegant residence facing the world-wide known Orvieto Cathedral in central Italy. Among other things, its classic 1800’s style and noteworthy frescoed ceilings are what makes this property a gem hidden among the historical alleys in Orvieto.
This property is a splendid example of a careful renovation of a historical building aiming to add modern comforts while still preserving its classic and elegant artwork features. Its cutting edge: a top-notch location in the central square, providing unparalleled views of the cathedral’s gothic facade from both the living room and the panoramic terrace.
This luxurious residence is on the first floor of an entirely renovated historical building in the main piazza (square) of the old town of Orvieto. Built in 1870, it has been renovated with an eye for the historical significance of the property, which hosts many valuable artworks. With its 280 sq.m., this house offers an extremely comfortable accommodation and one-of-a-kind panoramic views.
You step inside this building through an entrance sited but a few meters away from the cathedral. It is a pedestrian entrance which leads to an elegant internal courtyard solely accessible by the residents of the building. Courtyards such these are extremely common in historical Italian aristocratic homes – this is what welcomes you and your guests into the building.
Going up the stairs, you enter this elegant residence through its corridor. On the left side you can access the dining room – an elongated area perfect for refined meals, with its frescoed ceilings and detailed flooring.
From this space you then walk into the crown jewel of this residence: its large 60 sq.m. main hall, which boasts an incredible view of the cathedral. Elevated craftsmanship imbues this room with elegance – step inside and be greeted by its wooden floors, high ceiling, and large windows: not to mention the large tapestries, registered in the Cultural Heritage List. This room fully qualifies as a museum-worthy space, entirely for your own enjoyment. It is from its windows that the cathedral makes an appearance, or rather enters the room as perhaps the main guest of the house. Sitting by the windowsill you can admire its detailed gothic facade.
From the dining room, you can also access the kitchen, which is provided with all modern comforts and a handy closet. This residence also includes 3 double bedrooms with an en-suite bathroom each. There is also a fourth bedroom with its own bathroom, which also serves the living area, for a total of 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Close to the double bedrooms you will also find an office space.
It is from the 3 double bedrooms that you can access another gem of this residence: its 113 sq.m. panoramic terrace. Access is granted via two separate masonry walkways which go over the narrow pedestrian alley below. Tourists love to photograph walkways such as these, as they are a peculiarity of many alleys in ancient towns in central Italy. From the panoramic terrace you behold the spiers of the gothic cathedral – it is a secluded and private spot which offers an unparalleled view of the church.
Near this residence you will also find a car box and 5 outdoor parking spaces protected by an electric gate, which are the utmost in convenience considering the extremely central location inside the old town.
The Underground Tunnels
Under the building you will also find 236 sq.m. of private caves and underground tunnels dug into the stone. This is another peculiarity of historical houses in Orvieto. In ancient times they were used as a means of storage. Traditional knowledge passed on through the centuries has it that the whole city should be empty underneath. In the 80’s a spiderweb of tunnels has been discovered underneath the very heart of Orvieto and has now been turned into a museum. This is a private part of that ancient spiderweb of 1200 caves and tunnels, for your use only. Boasting ancient arches and columns, it was originally used as a wine cellar, and it is easily accessible from the building.
The location of this gorgeous residence is probably one of the best in Orvieto. Its gorgeous cathedral is its sole neighbor across, at the very heart of the city. This residence offers an outstandingly central location without renouncing on privacy.
Orvieto is a word-wide famous town, primarily for its 13th century cathedral and its artworks which qualify as a masterpiece of Italian gothic art. Also very famous is its wonder of construction – St. Patricks’ Well. It is also an historically significant town. It is often described as the ‘last Etruscan town’, as Orvieto was the last city to fall under the siege of Rome. It hosts several historical sites dating back to that time, such as wells, temples, and necropolis.
All in all, Orvieto is an extremely livable city, with many cultural and recreational opportunities without renouncing on a tranquil way of living.
EPC Rating: G
Why Buy It
It is a spacious residence, with museum-worthy finishes and allowing for the utmost privacy in the very heart of Orvieto. It can welcome large families or many guests, offering them the privacy and comfort of a modern house, plus the elegance of an historical 19th century building and a location that is unique in the world. You can be a tourist in your own city and admire Orvieto’s worldwide famous cathedral from the comfort of your own home. It is the perfect balance between art, beauty, and comfort.
Property ID: ila-354
Price: Upon Request
Property Size: 280 SQ.M.
Property Type: Apartment
* Swimming Pool: No
* Other Features: 113 sq.m. panoramic terrace
* Condition: Excellent
* Access: Central City Square
* Electricity: Yes
* Water: Yes
* ADSL: Yes
* Gas: Yes
* Heating: Yes