On a cloudy day we visited an ancient monastery dating back to the year 1000 overlooking Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. This restored abby “La Badia” has 16 apartments of which two are unused: these are made where once the wine cellars were. As you can imagine nobody wants to live in a dark and damp apartment, not even on hot summer days and despite the amazing ceilings. We don’t understand what the developer at the time had in mind, but nobody ever bought these two apartments. One of the two apartments is even called “the crypt”!
The convent is in S. Arcangelo, Magione and surrounded by age old olive trees. S. Arcangelo is a small village along the Trasimeno Lake. From the abby you have wonderful views. You can see Castiglione del Lago, where I live, at the other side of the lake.
The apartment we visited is from a friendly owner living in Rome. It is the only apartment with a small balcony that overlooks the Trasimeno Lake to enjoy amazing sunsets. The living room has an extra open floor and going up here we discovered a real antique fresco of Maria with child. At sunset the sun enters the apartment shining exactly against the spot on the wall where the Maria with Child is. The monks have given this some serious thought before making the fresco!