Orvieto is a wonderful city to visit. There is much to offer. It is on the tourist radar, but not a tourist destination. The result is lots of amenities without the crush of tourists you find in Rome or Venice or Florence. As a result, we are able to show our guests an intimate experience connected to the locale, to the people and customs, and to the wonderful and beautiful places in and around the city.
One of those places our connections provide is Palazzone – a beautiful vineyard just a few miles from Orvieto. We love the stunning setting. We love the passion with which Giovanni Dubini carries out his trade and the definite opinions he has about how to make wine. We love the education we get about making wine. We love the food and wine he serves us as part of the tasting.
In addition to the vineyard the Dubinis run a “locanda,” or small inn. It is set in a building constructed around 1300 for use by a secretary to the pope. When
the Dubini’s bought the property the house was in ruins with no roof. They renovated it with an ultramodern interior. Guests are treated to exquisite rooms and, exceptional dinners if they choose – or they can travel in to Orvieto to eat. It is as relaxed and beautiful setting as you could want.
We were blessed with exceptional weather this fall the two weeks we were in Orvieto, and it was perfect when we were at Palazzone. Here are a few pictures of the vineyard to help you visualize what it is like. Enjoy!