Archiloop transforms 12thC Italian monastery into boutique hotel Vocabolo Moscatelli

Archiloop, a renowned Florence-based studio, has undertaken a remarkable transformation of a 12th-century monastery located in Italy’s picturesque Umbria region, converting it into the enchanting boutique hotel known as Vocabolo Moscatelli.

Situated amidst the serene countryside near Calzolaro, close to the Tuscan border, this historic property now offers a unique blend of rustic charm and modern luxury.


The journey of Vocabolo Moscatelli began when chef concierge Frederik Kubierschky and Catharina Lütjens stumbled upon the ancient estate, captivated by its timeless beauty. Teaming up with architect Jacopo Venerosi Pesciolini from Archiloop, they embarked on a meticulous restoration project aimed at preserving the site’s centuries-old heritage while infusing it with contemporary comforts.

The restoration process focused on retaining the monastery’s original features, including wooden floors, exposed terracotta brickwork, and ceiling beams, complemented by brass, iron, and stone details. Local artisans were engaged to restore these elements, showcasing their traditional craftsmanship. Additionally, new artworks and designs from regional artists and designers were seamlessly integrated, adding a touch of modernity to the historical setting.

“Vocabolo Moscatelli brings together the stone mason, blacksmith and woodworker with the artisan makers: ceramicists, tile makers and painters, creating a boutique style canvas that plays homage to the past while bringing in the design references of the now,” said the hotel team.

One of the standout additions to Vocabolo Moscatelli is its travertine swimming pool, designed to harmonize with the surrounding woodland and Mediterranean-inspired landscaping by Fabiano Crociani. The hotel boasts 12 spacious guest suites, each exuding a “monastic chic” style and featuring unique color palettes, bespoke furniture, and curated design pieces.

“Threaded smoothly together, the effect is a template of rustic simplicity with heart,” the team said.

The Bridal Suite, with its round canopy bed and private garden, offers a romantic retreat, while the Spa Suite indulges guests with a personal sauna and jacuzzi. Italian craftsmanship shines throughout the property, with furniture from esteemed brands like Paola Lenti, lighting by Davide Groppi and Flos, and exquisite handmade tiles by local Umbrian company Cotto Etrusco adorning the bathrooms.

As part of The Aficionados hotel group, Vocabolo Moscatelli joins a prestigious collection of 90 design-led properties across Europe, promising guests an unforgettable experience steeped in history, artistry, and luxury. Archiloop’s meticulous restoration and innovative design approach have breathed new life into this ancient monastery, transforming it into a captivating destination for discerning travelers seeking a blend of heritage and hospitality.

Images by Fabio Semeraro via Dezeen

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