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L'Orto degli Angeli, Bevagna 

1 Via Dante Alighieri
Italy 06031
Tel: 39 074 236 0130
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Surely Umbria's most unique accommodation, the Orto degli Angeli is both a stylish boutique hotel and a historic experience. It lies within the walls of Bevagna, an important Roman town with some handsome medieval architecture. The hotel occupies an elegant town house, built at the beginning of the 18th century by incorporating a group of other properties, including a 16th-century palazzo and the remains of a Roman amphitheater. The feel of a provincial nobleman's residence has been preserved in the 14 guest rooms that spread between the two facing wings of the hotel. Original frescoes decorate the more imposing rooms, like the Arcangelo Michele suite, but even the more modest rooms are full of antique furniture and family heirlooms, and some have huge stone bathtubs. In the elegant common salotto (sitting room), handwritten estate registers and black-and-white photos of pre-war ski holidays adorn the shelves. Best of all is the hanging garden, the kind of aristocratic Eden that makes one want to put on a linen suit and read Byron. The hotel's Redibis restaurant occupies the long, curving underground ambulacrum of the Roman amphitheater—not so great for claustrophobics, but a culinary treat for everyone else.

Closed early January to early February.

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