Tuesday, August 2, 2011


During our one night stay in Orvieto we were fortunate enough to sleep and dine at the Hotel La Badia. Below is a little bit of history on the abbey and location of the now hotel.

The Hotel La Badia is inside the antique medieval Abbey which was erected in the 6° century. This imposing building is belonging since two centuries to the Counts Fiumi di Sterpeto. It is the perfect location for those who are wishing to enjoy an unforgettable stay within walls so rich of history, surrounded by the green of the Umbrian hills, among olive trees and rows of vines.

The origins of the Abbey
The first Abbey was built at the end of the 6th century around the primitive church of San Silvestro by the noble Lombard Lady Rotruda. An old legend says that Saint Severo died and his remains were brought to Orvieto. Lady Rotruda, wanting to seize them, touched the coffin, however her hand was trapped. To have it released she was compelled to promise the founding of the abbey and a deserving burial to the monk Saint Severo. This is the legendary origin of the Abbey of Saints Severo and his disciple Martirio. The current Abbey was built in the 12th century on the site of the 6th century building.

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