Nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Monferrato and Langhe, lies Relais Sant’Uffizio (part of the LDC Italian Hotels Group), in what can only be described as a woodland utopia. Close to Asti’s fine wines and truffles in the heart of Piemonte, Relais Sant’Uffizio dates back 500 years when it was home to a Roman Catholic monastery.

The ancient Relais was at the heart of Monferrato, one of the most important wine regions of Italy, surrounded by a UNESCO landscape of vineyards and rolling hills. Recently restored by expert artisans, all the original features and frescos have been preserved, giving a sense of the timeless beauty of centuries past. Each of the 54 exquisite rooms and suites captures a romantic mood, with interiors infused with warm woods, sumptuous linens, period furniture, antiquities and windows that let in breath-taking views and scents from the surrounding gardens.

Alongside the traditional, elegant hotel, down a narrow pathway caressed by rich foliage, is the Scuderie del Sant’Uffizio, which offers modern and luxurious accommodation. Past the elegant parterre hedge gardens lies one of two swimming pools to soak up the sun before embarking on one of the many activities that the hotel offers, including biking, trekking, hiking and hunting for truffles.

For those who wish to unwind, step into the Aquanatura Spa (opened in 2012), which embodies an all-encompassing quiet to soothe the senses. Choose from the extensive list of pampering treatments and switch off from life’s daily demands.