Europe Travel

Italy Part III: Piedmont

IMG_8991We have been back from our holiday in Italy for almost 3 weeks, but I had not written yet about our last part of the trip; our one night stay in Piedmont. This was a bit of a spontaneous decision as we love the wines from this area. We had not planned anything here, and just enjoyed our stay at a lovely place called Relais 23. 


Relais 23 is located in Monferatto, in the middle of the San Colombano Wine Estate. It is family owned an it’s an oasis of peace and quiet, away from anything busy (apart from some bees perhaps). It is lush, green, and the views are magnificent. We contemplated staying another 2 nights, and had they not been fully booked, we were willing to move our flight for that; that is how much we loved this place.


It is called a hotel, yet is does not feel like that at all; it’s more like a villa you are sharing. It only has 10 rooms, so you won’t find masses of people here, which is perfect. The rooms are in a separate building from the restaurant, so late night dinner guests won’t disturb you. The rooms are all very modern; airco, a fridge, a small desk, everything is there. The bathroom is up to the latest standards; bright and spacious.

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Relais 23 also has a restaurant where they serve very tasty regional dishes. The menu comes with an extensive wine list obviously. The ONLY thing I would be picky on here is that there are 4 choices per course, and the menu is the same for lunch and dinner. If you were going to stay here for a week, this might get a bit boring, yet I am quite sure that if you ask the chef, he might prepare something else for you.

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Simple but gorgeous gnocchi


Behind the flowers is the restaurant area.
Outside is covered, so you will always have shade.
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Then there is the pool area. This was my favorite area. When we were there, it was rather quiet, so I only had to share the pool with one family. It was like having my own private pool.

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The hobbit isn’t much of a swimmer, so he took his laptop and went working in the bar area next to the pool.
This way, we could still see each other and be at the pool together, sort of…

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You will also find a huge lawn at the pool area, so if you are travelling with kids, there is plenty of room to play for them.
The property is fenced, so they can’t go anywhere; the pool is not fenced however.

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We loved this place, the gorgeous views, the friendly staff and the amazing food.
We are looking to go back here next year.

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I have had worse views from my bathroom. 🙂

We did not get to experience much of the wine region, but fellow tall blogger Beth from did do a full wine experience in the region (with a guide!!) a few weeks after we did, and you can read here adventures by clicking here.

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    3 August 2015 at 09:39

    Great write-up! I do hope you get to go back someday soon. We might take our friends back there when they visit in May. My write-up on my Italy trip will hopefully be live this week. 🙂

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