After four miles of narrow twisting road, crossing the Turrite in a few thrilling places, you arrive at the lively village of Fabbriche di Vallico: 350 inhabitants, four restaurants, a few working mills and, over one last rickety bridge, an Augustinian monastery carved out of the forested mountain side. Here live artists Steven and Lindsay who for the last seven years have been restoring monastery and church with a meticulous, exquisite simplicity. Floors are flagged and oak planked, chestnut beams are sturdy, stone walls naked, and furniture minimal. In the adjoining deconsecrated church is a galleried library to delight you, and creative courses are held below – ceramics, glass, Italian cookery… and sometimes jazz concerts, recitals and informal cinema screenings. The saltwater infinity pool is a joy, as are the bedrooms, one with a steep stair to a sky-lit platform; sleep beneath the stars. Expect sprung mattresses, small windows, Muji linen, and en suite bathrooms, two with tubs – “for the English”! Delicious, organic breakfasts are served at the long table.