Quiet countryside location just a 90-minute drive or train ride from Rome
The cuisine: all vegetarian, all local, all delicious, all included and all overseen by the owner’s brother, the chef
The wellness area features a stone steam room, chromotherapy hot tub and a yoga studio
What To Know
In keeping with the hotel’s monastic vibe, the 12 rooms (celluzza) are petite (96 square feet)
Each celluzza can fit two people, but the hotel can provide a second celluzza nearby for no additional cost if required (based on availability)
Digital detox: There is no WiFi or TVs, and the cell phone service is extremely spotty
Silence is encouraged at dinner though it's not mandatory
There's no air conditioning, though it isn’t really necessary; there is underfloor heating for the cooler months
Parking on site
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Modern-day monastic retreat with a meditative vibe, organic eats, and countryside views and hot tub
Created by former fashion designer Marcello Murzilli, Umbria's Eremito Hotelito is a monastic mashup of agrarian architecture, Catholic iconography and rich textiles from North Africa and India. In the cross-vaulted common area, piles of cushions, futons and antique wooden furnishings sit on slate floors between stone arches, while long, stained wooden rectory tables line the candlelit dining room. Upstairs, a small chapel-like area awaits, and, outside, a courtyard and terraces beckon guests with stunning views of the rolling, tree-covered hills. Owner Murzilli conceived the rooms as monastic dwellings and designed them to be a bit cell-like: cozy, if not downright small, with simple white plaster walls, slate floors and single beds (the width is somewhere between a Twin and Double). It’s hardly ascetic, however. The square windows, which have petite window seats, perfectly frame the countryside views, and soft hand-embroidered linens cover the beds. Murzilli’s brother Sergio oversees the kitchen and the refectory-style dining room, which serves simple but hearty vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and dinners using traditional local recipes—some based on dishes from actual monasteries—plus the bounty from the Umbrian countryside, including what comes from a small on-site garden. The wellness area, meanwhile, includes a large light-filled room for yoga (on request) plus a stone steam room and a dramatic chromotherapy hot tub dug out of the hill’s bedrock.
In the Area
The point of the Eremito, really, is to stay put, relaxing, meditating, getting back in touch with one’s inner being, personal spirit or, if you like, a higher power. There are trails to walk or hike on the hotel’s ample acreage, with more beyond its borders in the nearly 7,500-acre nature reserve surrounding it. Farther afield, it's a 40-minute drive to the small hilltop medieval village of Fabro, the closest place of note. Other charming Umbrian towns lie farther still. Orvieto is a 50-minute drive, Todi an hour 20. The region’s best-known destination, Assisi — famous for its fresco-covered cathedral devoted to native son St. Francis — lies about an hour and 45 minutes away by car.