THE TOWN OF ASTI
Welcome to ASTI, capital of Monferrato (one of the most important wine district of Italy). Asti is a city and comune in the Piemonte or Piedmont region, in north-western Italy, about 55 kilometres east of Turin in the plain of the Tanaro River.
It is the capital of the province of Asti. It also has a strong literary tradition, including the 18th century Asti-born poet and dramatist Vittorio Alfieri. ASTI is also very famous for its 'Asti' or 'Asti Spumante' that is a DOCG white sparkling wine produced in an district located to the south of its area. Made from the Moscato Bianco grape, it is sweet and low in alcohol, and often drunk with dessert. Another wine called Moscato d'Asti is made in the same region from the same grape, but produced by another technique which differentiates it from Asti.
Who doesnt know Asti Martini D.O.C.G? This town is also renowned for its Palio, an ancient horses run.
Asti,as can be seen from its elegant medieval remains,lived its golden age around the middle of the 12th century,when thanks to the proceeds deriving from the activities of its bankers,the free Comune was enriched with public and private buildings.
In those times the tradition of the ‘Palio’was established,the profile and nucleus of the city was defined, and the strongholds and towers of the influential local families were consolidated.
The centre of the city is crossed by Corso Vittorio Alfieri, named in honour of the poet born in Asti in 1749 and whose birthplace can be found along this street at number 375 .
The heart of Asti is Piazza San Secondo where the ‘Palazzo di Città’,home of the Municipal Council since 1558 and the Church of San Secondo, the Patron Saint of Asti both stand.Museums of considerable interest are the municipal historical archive,the Synagogue and Jewish museum, the art gallery (currently being restructured), the Crypt of Sant’Anastasio, the complex of San Pietro in Consavia and the Troyana Tower