Italy's Best Affordable Country Inns
Courtesy of Relais Cattedrale
Relais Cattedrale, Piedmont
Globe-trotting owner Laura Elsa Valente has transformed her family’s 18th-century palazzo in the medieval town of Asti into a fashionable country retreat. The seven rooms—four of which have restored ceiling frescoes, discovered during the renovation—are appointed with Turkish silk floral carpets and Moroccan wrought-iron lamps sourced from Valente’s travels. In summer, locals join guests in the Renaissance-style garden to drink Asti Spumante, the region’s sparkling white wine, and hear live acoustic music. 7 Via Cattedrale, Asti; 39-0141/092-099; doubles from $168, including breakfast.