Surrounded by the magnificent Umbrian mountains, Relais Nun sits in the heart of Assisi, the hometown of Saint Francis and a city imbued with beauty and spirituality. Each and every one of Relais Nunís 18 prestigious suites is unique and a perfect blending of design, technological comfort and history. The Relais is, in fact, the result of the meticulous restoration of the ancient Monastery of Saint Catherine. The ambitious project was carefully designed to maintain the harmony of the arcane beauty of its Roman Era remains whilst blending in the lightness of contemporary architecture.
Relais guests can then let themselves be seduced by the delicious traditional Umbrian dishes prepared by the Ristorante Nunís talented chef or spend the day being pampered in the Nun Spa Museum. The Spa is a truly enchanted ambience in which guests can enjoy customised wellness treatments or simply bask in the relaxation of the hydro-massage zone of the swimming pool whilst admiring the six majestic 1st century AC limestone pillars, held together by an incredible synergy of power and equilibrium that encircle it.
Relais Nun is ideal for any type of stay and, in fact, it houses an ideal space for hosting events, the ancient Sala Santa Caterina.
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Nestled in an intimate and evocative setting, the Nun spa seems like a true and proper private museum offering guests the full impact of its arcane beauty. When the Saint Catherine Convent, where the Relais now stands, was being renovated, many archaeological features were discovered in the lower levels of the site and these have been very knowledgeably used in the design of the wellness centre to create a truly unique ambience: six limestone pillars are reflected in the water of Nunís thermal baths, making it an even more magical and powerfully evocative place. The pillars, each one constructed out of twelve ashlar-work blocks held together by the synergy of force and balance, reveal a Roman amphitheatre that once sat at the feet of Mount Subasio.
From the swimming pool you can also admire the important, smoothed, ancient, pink limestone steps at the top of which a rectangular podium once rose, the work of ancient Roman craftsmen in 1st century AC, and the entrance to a temple dedicated to the water.
Connected to the structure are two moulded limestone vats so flat that they barely contain a veil of water, further evidence of the archaic sacredness of this place. Inside the Nun thermal spa there are also two perfectly preserved Roman cisterns with vaulted ceilings where the massage room and the hammam (Turkish bath) are now located.
There is most certainly a connection between these magical places and the adjacent Perlasio fountain, a mythical spring of miraculous healing water and a popular place of pilgrimage in times long past. Nun worked hard to return these places to the water and its cult, to an intimate dialogue with everything to which it is now connected.
Indoor heated swimming pool
The restaurant is located inside the garden of the Relais, in a modern setting where handmaid furniture from local artisans is combined with basic complements of design. Benedikto is a comeback to the origins and to the ancient regional flavors, with dishes aimed at enhancing the riches of the territory thanks to a careful search for local raw materials. Everything is combined with a huge choice of regional and national wines.