Something very special has happened in this medieval, hilltop village, in landscape little changed in ages. Ivan Van Mossevelde is both the inspired architect of this particular project and founder of the ‘Diffused Hotels’ revitalisation concept. Together with Anne, his welcoming wife, they’ve created these peaceful and harmonious places to stay: rooms and apartments in five sensitively renovated buildings deep in a steep, cobbled village on the Umbria/Lazio border. Each living space is minimally decorated with pieces chosen to harmonise with natural wood and stone. Contemporary lighting, sofas and sprung mattresses; plenty of pure white, in fabrics and tiles; small, simple kitchens and shower rooms; handsome antiques and abstract art. Nothing distracts from fabulous views towards the Sabina mountains and Lake Piediluco below; the lovely terrace of Architetto brings them even closer. Breakfast is a fine spread of cakes, breads, cheeses, prosciutto… in Palazzo Crispolti’s rustic dining room. Hiking trails are all around; Europe’s highest, Marmore Park and Terminillo ski mountain, are close. A great retreat.