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What to do and see in Asti

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Territory that sees its main asset in agriculture and boasting artistic cultural traditions of great antiquity. Starting from the center of Asti you find Piazza Alfieri, square with triangle-shaped, dedicated to the eighteenth-century writer Vittorio Alfieri, where, in September, takes place since the Middle Ages the famous “Palio“. It is a traditional festival for the celebration of the patron ,Saint Secondo, ending in a horse race ridden bareback, without saddle. The competition is preceded by a parade of hundreds of people in period costume, this is an event that mobilizes the entire city for several days. Architecturally interesting are of the religious buildings like the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, theCollegiate Church of San Secondo, the Church of St. Maria Nuova and the Church of St. Catherine; strolling through the city center you can also admire numerous historic buildings and noble medieval buildings. Leaving the city we enter in the Monferrato hills that are dotted with numerous countries almost always perched on a hill and dominated by a castle. An example is Canelli with his Gancia Castle, home of the Asti Spumante DOCG; Montiglio, Costigliole, Cocconato, Monastero Bormida, Bubbio andCastelnuovo Calcea. The pleasure of visiting small villages and crossing vast territories vineyards can be interspersed with visits to wineries and farms to discover the art of wine production with a final tasting. Of importance not only architectural but also religious are the resorts of Albugnano with its magnificentAbbey of Vezzolano, romanesque church dating from the Middle Ages and Castelnuovo Don Bosco, the birthplace of St. John Bosco, where you can visit his birthplace and the sanctuary dedicated to him. Throughout the province, especially in the autumn you can count numerous fairs and festivals including definitely stand out those dedicated to the truffle, the main places are Moncalvo, Montechiaro, Montiglio and Asti. Also in Asti in September, usually the week before the Palio, takes place the Douja d’Or, wine competition at the national level that becomes a showcase of regional products to the whole world.

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