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Le Case Della Saracca, Piedmont

Alessandro Allisio

Le Case Della Saracca, Piedmont

One of the four ancient houses that make up Le Case della Saracca was previously home to a quirky farmer named Camiot who kept a donkey on his third-floor balcony. Today, his former residence has been turned into an edgy B&B and osteria. A stone candlelit passageway leads to a mazelike interior, where glass walkways connect six rustic-chic rooms (washbasins carved from tree trunks; exposed wood-beamed ceilings; flagstone floors). After a day of exploring the nearby vineyards and truffle farms, head to the inn’s restaurant for such regional specialties as risotto with artichokes and bacon, and local goat cheese au gratin. 3-5 Via Cavour, Monteforte d’Alba; 39-0173/789-222; doubles from $190.

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