To restore an historical property, that is also a cherished home, is more than an art. It is an intense labor of love that reflects a certain philosophy of life – one that holds dear its past, while looking to the future. L’Orto degli Angeli has been a noble family dwelling for many centuries and the owners of this incredible Bevagna residence undertook its restoration, converting it, not into a hotel, but into a period residence that has been open to guests for the past ten years. Although all the amenities of a luxury hotel are discreetly in place, a guest certainly feels as if they are staying in a private home, where the interiors are adorned with the period furnishings, the tasteful art and precious decorative pieces collected over the years by members of the Angeli Nieri Mongalli family.
The property includes two separated palazzi, joined by a delightful garden graced with wisteria, climbing jasmine, roses and lavender. Here, a guest can sit and know that the L’Orto degli Angeli, which means “Garden of the Angels” is most appropriately named. To further enrich the experience of a stay here, a candlelit dinner for two in their Redibis restaurant, is an evening that will linger long in memory. The restaurant is situated in the cavernous remains of the curved, barrel-vaulted ambulatory that once supported the cavea of the ancient Roman amphitheater, dating to the 1st century A.D. To sit at table in this 2000 year-old stone corridor, where the music is soft and the food simply good, is a once in a lifetime experience. But the Latin name, “Redibis” wishes otherwise, as it means, “You will come back.” I certainly hope so.
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
L'Orto degli Angeli
Via Dante Alighieri, 1, 6031 Bevagna ~ Umbria, Italy
L'Orto degli Angeli, Garden View ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson