RELAIS SANT’UFFIZIO sits amid the storybook surroundings of Monferrato in Piedmont, a region that never fails to delight with its lush rolling hills, quaint villages, and traditional vineyards. Founded in the 17th century as a monastery, the Relais Sant’Uffizio retains many of the qualities of its former incarnation as an oasis of peace and tranquility, exemplified by its elegant gardens, stately brick and columned façade, frescoed interiors, and rooms that perfectly balance style and comfort. Accommodations are available at the main house and at the monastery’s former stables, the Scuderie del Sant’Uffizio, now renovated into a private and chic getaway. If rest and relaxation is on your itinerary, the experts at Aquanatura Spa will be happy to help you craft a schedule of rejuvenating treatments, from a quick massage after a long day of sightseeing to an entire stay’s worth of head-to-toe pampering.
You are also ideally situated to explore the cities of Asti, Turin, and Alba, as well as sites like the splendid gardens of Palazzo Borromeo a Isolabella-Stressa and the Cattedrale di Sant’Evasio, one of the finest examples of 12th century Moor-influenced architecture in Italy. Set in the heart of Italy’s famous white truffle region, as well as amid numerous vineyards (including its very own), the hotel of course upholds the finest culinary standards. At the on-site restaurant, La Locanda, chef Mark Mazzocco has crafted a dynamic, seasonally changing menu that showcases the region’s best known dishes made with local ingredients, including bagna càuda, a warm dip that fuses vegetables, olive oil, anchovies, and butter; vitello tonnato, cold veal with cream sauce; and bollito misto, a classic Italian stew that here is finished with shavings of the region’s white truffles. Guests can also enjoy wine produced from the hotel’s own estate and drinks in the restaurant bar, as well as breakfast in the Limonaia room, which overlooks the courtyard and gardens.