Katie’s Itinerary for a Week in Benano

I always offer to help our guests plan their trips, and I’m happy when they accept some help. And when my friend Katie accepted my offer, I was thrilled.

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Katie had agreed to act as her traveling party’s activities director, and they hit the jackpot when they assigned her to the role. She read everything I sent her, pored over this blog and Rocca di Benano’s Pinterest Board (which is sort of ironic, since she was the one who taught me the wonders of Pinterest), then drafted an itinerary that we worked on together.

Here’s the itinerary Katie has proposed for her group. Although there’s not one agenda that will work for everyone, this is one great way to spend a week at Rocca di Benano.

Read to the end to see just how good Katie is. (Hint: she even researched gelato!)

DAY 1 (Friday) — ARRIVE IN ROME

Francis Surman will meet us at the airport and take us to Hotel la Residenza (€130/night). Take a hop on/hop off double decker bus tour of Rome and/or stroll around the neighborhood. Villa Borghese park, Spanish Steps, and Piazza del Popolo are all within easy walking distance.

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DAY 2 (Saturday) — MEANDER FROM ROME TO BENANO

P1040573 - Version 3Francis Surman will pick us up at the hotel and take us to Benano, touring along the way, including a stop in Orvieto to pick up the rental car.

Dinner: either eat in at the villa, or go to to Nuovo Castello in Torre Alfina (10 minutes from Benano) or La Pergoletta in Castel Viscardo (5 minutes from Benano)

DAY 3 (Sunday) — AGRITURISMO PULICARO & LAKE BOLSENA

Brunch and farm tour at Il Pulicaro (10 minutes from Benano), then …

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… Lake Bolsena and town of Bolsena (1/2 hour from Benano), then …

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Dinner: Either stop on the way back from Bolsena at Ristorante-Pizzeria “L Pignatto” in San Lorenzo Nuovo or make dinner for ourselves eat at the villa.

DAY 4 (Monday) — CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO & ORVIETO

Tour Civita di Bagnoregio (35 minutes from Benano), lunch at Hosteria del Ponte, then …

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… on to Orvieto (35 minutes from Civita; 18 from Benano), then …

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Dinner: Ristorante Zeppelin in Orvieto

DAY 5 (Tuesday) — TUSCANY

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Cross over into Tuscany and take  Via Cassia up toward Pienza. Other stops could include Bagno Vignoni (hot springs); Montalcino (Brunello!); Sant’Antimo Abbey (check schedule for Gregorian chants);  Monticchiello (maybe lunch on the terrace at La Porta?). Dinner options: in Montepulciano (perhaps A Gambe di Gatto?); in Orvieto on way home if we take the freeway back; or at the villa.

DAY 6 (Wednesday) — FLORENCE

Catch an early train to get to there before 10. Spend the day touring Florence. Either stay for dinner there and take a late train back or eat in Orvieto near the train station (Ristorante Trattoria da Valerio or  Trattoria da Dina).

t-numunoDAY 7 (Thursday) — WINERY and ORVIETO

Wine tasting at Palazzone, followed by another visit to Orvieto and dinner at Osteria Numero Uno in Orvieto

DAY 8 (Friday) — FINAL DAY AT BENANO

Lazy day near Benano, including (maybe):

  • a long walk through the vineyards and olive orchards right around the villa;
  • walk over to Viceno for a caffè at the bar there and a pottery demonstration;
  • last visit to Visit Castel Viscardo (the market comes to Castel Viscardo on Fridays);
  • last stroll around the castle in Torre Alfina.

Dinner option: Hire Alex to barbecue for us at the villa.

DAYS 9 – 12 (Saturday – Tuesday) — LEAVE BENANO / RETURN TO ROME / DEPART FOR HOME

Return rental cars, then Francis will drive us to Hotel Due Torri (€147-190/night) in Rome, touring and lunching along the way). While in Rome, take in dinner at Il Bacaro one night and at Osteria del Pegno another. Tour the Colosseum, Vatican, and go on a Rome Food tour.

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There’s something else you should know about this extensively researched itinerary: Katie found the most highly acclaimed gelaterias almost everywhere they’re planning to go. Here are some of the gelataterias they’re hoping to visit:

Rome: Any or all of the places mentioned in this blog post, but especially Gelateria del Teatro.

Torre Alfina: Sarchioni’s

Bolsena: Gelateria Santa Cristina

Orvieto: La Musa, on the lower end of the Corso (the main shopping street) and Gelateria Pasqualetti. There are two Pasqualetti locations: one is on Piazza del Duomo and the other is at the corner of Via del Duomo and the Corso.

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4 Comments on “Katie’s Itinerary for a Week in Benano

  1. Katie Devine Hallum is the BEST event planner one could ever ask for. My Cincinnati weekends are trouble free…we even know when we are waking up…amazing…she is amazing. Bon Voyage my sweetest girl!

  2. Oh!!!!! She gets to meet Francis? One of the best parts of a wonderful itinerary! I’m so jealous!

    But where’s the part about getting lost and ending up a a fabulous little family restaurant?

    • Funny you should mention the unexpected adventures that they’re sure to encounter (like the time we got lost in the rain and ended up at Osteria il Castagno up on Mt. Amiata). Katie may write a “and this is what really happened” blog post as a follow up to this one!

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