Griffin’s Resort, Orvieto, Umbria Region, Italy

Moaning and groaning after my birthday night in Rome, it was time to get up and moving for our travel day north to Umbria. It’s not that far, just an hour and a half or so, but just the logistics were nerve wracking. First of all, our driver didn’t speak English and we had to try to make him understand we wanted to be taken back to the airport and to the Dollar car rental agency. After talking on the phone to someone while driving through downtown Rome, he figured it out and delivered us safely – whew!

Wally in Peugot at rentalRental car secured, a Peugot stick shift with no cruise control (not good for Wally’s knee), we were ready to navigate north. It was pretty easy to find the A1 north and it was light traffic that time of day, so no problems so far. Our exit was at Orvieto, then up into the countryside a bit to Griffin’s Resort.

Can I note here that I HIGHLY recommend that you take your GPS/Tom Tom device with you with Italy downloaded, or pay the extra at the rental car agency to rent one. Although there are signs everywhere, it gets confusing.

This is Orvieto perched up on a hill to the left of the A1. We took this shot our second day from a hill opposite Orvieto going towards Todi.

Orvieto view of hilltop town 1Our boutique hotel was about a 10-minute drive from the A1, and we climbed and wound our way up into the hills through vineyards, olive orchards and small communities.

Orvieto walking fellow

Orvieto wagon, wine jar, press We had arrived at Griffin’s Resort…  It had looked nice online with a spectacular view, so we thought it would be a nice country escape after Rome.

Griffins neighborhood signsIt was a lovely stone home that was luxurious, but homey. Art, sculpture and antiques accented the decor and our room was a mix of sleek contemporary with historic touches.

Griffins Resort front bldg, blue skies

A glass elevator lets you enjoy the view as you go upward…

Griffins Resort elevator end of bldg

The sitting area downstairs for guests to relax – quite an interesting painting for conversation…

Griffins sitting area

A fun sculpture on the landing upstairs – note the shadow reflecting her “stroke”Griffins swimming sculpture

Our welcome gift in our bathroom – loved the lavender productsGriffins toiletry bag

Griffins Resort iron benches and table

The view from the terrace…Griffins view across hillsOur sitting area in the room

Griffins bedroom sitting

The is the view from our old-fashioned type window that actually swung open and let me lean out – loved it!

Griffins view from window, poolWe took a walk up the road to stretch our legs after the drive. There’s a charming little church just up the hill that is sadly abandoned. Rosemary and herbs were growing in the yard. There was also an abundance of herbs growing in the ditches. Griffin’s Resort has vineyards and olive orchards on the property and I couldn’t wait to sample their Orvieto white wine at dinner.

  Griffins church door

Griffins church up the road

Griffins, olive grove An infinity pool is in the yard with a magnificent view of the countryside. What a fabulous place to watch the sun set and relax… which we did.

Griffins pool reflection

Griffins Resort pool, stepping stones

Griffins, view to mountainsWe relaxed by the pool until dusk and then got showered up and dressed for dinner downstairs at their San Michele Restaurant. They have a glass conservatory or an interior dining room.

Griffins San Michele etching

Griffins dining vert

Griffins Resort San Michele restaurant dining room

And finally some Orvieto “gold” white wine – delicious! Griffins Orvieto Classico wine

Sliced beef with rosemary and bay leaf… melt-in-you-mouth

Griffins beef shoulder dinner

Ravioli and rabbit wrapped in bacon with truffle shavings ~ all freshly prepared by their chef and DIVINE! Those rabbits on the farm better watch out if they taste like this! Griffins rabbit & ravioli

Griffins ravioliThe bar and collection of grappa on the walls  Griffins bar  Griffins card, vase

Mauro provided excellent service and comraderie for our stay. He advised Wally about grappa as your after-dinner drink, took time to give us tips on where to visit the following days and what to avoid, and was a smiling, friendly face. He wouldn’t let me take his photo though…

This was a Sicilian grappa he recommended Wally try…Griffins grappa

Griffins Wally grappa

Full of wonderful food and drink, it is time for bed so we can rest up for our day in Umbria tomorrow… Coming up, Todi and Orvieto.


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