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Asti
—  Comune  —
Comune di Asti
Panorama of Asti

Coat of arms
Asti is located in Italy
Asti
Location of Asti in Italy
Coordinates: 44°53′56″N 08°12′28″E / 44.89889°N 8.20778°E / 44.89889; 8.20778Coordinates: 44°53′56″N 08°12′28″E / 44.89889°N 8.20778°E / 44.89889; 8.20778
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Asti (AT)
Frazioni see list
Government
 - Mayor Giorgio Galvagno
Area
 - Total 151.82 km2 (58.6 sq mi)
Elevation 123 m (404 ft)
Population (30 April 2009)
 - Total 75,793
 - Density 499.2/km2 (1,293/sq mi)
 - Demonym Astigiani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 14100
Dialing code 0141
Patron saint Saint Secundus of Asti
Saint day First Tuesday of May
Website Official website

Asti About this sound listen is a city and comune of c. 75,000 inhabitants located in the Piedmont region of 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 and it is deemed to be the modern capital of Monferrato.

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History

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Ancient times and early Middle Ages

People have lived in and around what is now Asti since the Neolithic period. Before their defeat in 174 BC by the Romans, Ligures, such as the Statielli, dominated the area and the toponym probably derives from Ast which means "hill" in the ancient Ligurian language.

In 124 BC the Romans built a castrum, or fortified camp, which eventually evolved into a full city named Hasta. In 89 BC the city received the status of colonia, and in 49 BC that of municipium. Asti become an important city of the Augustan Regio IX, favoured by its strategic position on the Tanaro river and on the Via Fulvia, which linked Derthona (Tortona) to Augusta Taurinorum (Turin). Other roads connected the city to the main passes for what are today Switzerland and France.

The city was crucial during the early stages of the barbarian invasions which stormed Italy during the fall of the Western Roman Empire. In early 402 AD the Visigoths had invaded northern Italy and were advancing on Mediolanum (modern Milan) which was the imperial capital at that time. Honorius, the young emperor and a resident in that city, unable to wait for promised reinforcements any longer, was compelled to flee from Milan for safety in the city of Arles in Gaul. However, just after his convoy had left Milan and crossed the River Po his escape route through the Alps was cut off by the Gothic cavalry. This forced him to take emergency refuge in the city of Hasta until more Roman troops could be assembled in Italy. The Goths placed Hasta under siege until March when General Stilicho, bringing reinforcements from the Rhine, fought and defeated them at the Battle of Pollentia. After this first victorious defence, thanks to a massive line of walls, Hasta suffered for the barbarian invasions which stormed Italy after the fall of the Western Empire, and declined economically.

In the second half of the 6th century it was chosen as seat for one of the 36 Duchies in which the Lombards divided Italy. The territory of Asti comprised a wide area, stretching out to Albenga and the Maritime Alps. This remained when northern Italy was conquered by the Franks in 774, with the title of County.

In the late Carolingian age Asti was ruled directly by his bishops, who were the main landlords of the area. Most important are Audax (904-926) and Bruningus (937-966), who moved the episcopal seat to the Castel Vecchio ("Old Castle"), where it remained until 1409. The bishopric of Asti remained a powerful entity well into the 11th century, when Pietro II received huge privileges by emperor Henry II. In the second half of the century, Bishop Otto tried to resist the aims of the powerful countess Adelaide of Susa, who damaged the city several times. During Otto's reign, a commune and the consul magistrates are mentioned for the first time (1095).

Local power

Location of Asti within the eponymous province.

Asti was one of the first free communes of Italy, and in 1140 received the right to mint coins of its own by Conrad II. As the commune, however, had begun to erode the lands of the bishop and other local faudataries, the latter sued for help to Frederick Barbarossa, who presented under the city walls with a huge army in the February 1155. After a short siege, Asti was stormed and burnt. Subsequently Asti adhered to the Lombard League (1169) against the German emperor, but was again defeated in 1174. Despite this, after the Peace of Constance (1183), the city gained further privileges.

The 13th century saw the peak of the Astigiani economic and cultural splendour, only momentaneously hindered by wars against Alba, Alessandria, Savoy, Milan (which sieged the city in 1230) and the Marquesses of Montferrat and Saluzzo. In particular, the commune aimed to gain control over the lucrative trade routes leading northwards from the Ligurian ports. In this period, the rise of the Casane Astigiane resulted in contrasting political familial alliances of Guelph and Ghibelline supporters. During the wars led by Emperor Frederick II in northern Italy, the city chose his side: Asti was defeated by the Guelphs of Alessandria at Quattordio and Clamandrana, but thanks to Genoese help could recover easily. After Frederick's death, the struggle against Thomas II of Savoy became fierce: the Astigiani defeated him on February 23, 1255, at the Battle of Montebruno, but Thomas (who had been taken prisoner) replied ordering all traders from Asti to be arrested in Savoy and France. This move showed the proccupation of the neighbouring states for the excessive power gained by the city, which had captured Alba and controlled both Chieri and Turin.

This led to the intervention of Charles I of Anjou, then King of Naples and the most powerful man in Italy. After some guerrilla actions, Asti signed a pact of alliance with Pavia, Genoa and William VII of Montferrat. In 1274 the Astigiani troops were defeated at Cossano, but, on December 12, 1275, were victorious over the Angevines at the Battle of Roccavione, ending every Charles' attempt to expand in Piedmont. In the 1290s, after the defeat of William VII also, Asti was the most powerful city of Piedmont. However, inner struggles for the control of trading and bank enterprises, soon divided the city in factions. The most prominent was that of the powerful bankers of the Solaro family, who, in 1314, gave the city to king Robert of Naples. The free Republic of Asti ceased to exist. In 1339 the Ghibelline exiles recaptured the city, expelling the Solaro and their helpers. In 1342 however, the menace of the Solaro counter-offensive led the new rulers to submit to Luchino Visconti of Milan. Visconti built a citadel and a second ring of walls to protect the new burgs of the city. In 1345, in the Battle of Gamenario, the Ghibelline Astigiani and John II of Montferrat defeated again the Neapolitan troops. John also ruled over Asti until 1372, but seven years later the city council submitted to Galeazzo II Visconti's authority. Galeazzo in turn assigned it to Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans.

Piazza Roma in Asti.

French and Savoy domination

With the exception of several brief periods under Visconti, Montferrat and Sforza, Asti remained under the Valois rule, and then directly under the French Crown. Situation changed in the early 16th century, during the wars between Charles V and Francis I of France. In 1526 it was besieged in vain by Charles' condottiero Fabrizio Maramaldo. Three years later, indeed, the Treaty of Cambrai assigned Asti to the German emperor, who in turn gave it to the viceroy of Naples Charles de Lannoy. After the death of the latter, Charles included it in Beatrice of Portugal's dowry: when she got married with Charles III of Savoy, Asti became part of the Savoy dominion.

Asti was one of the main Savoy strongholds in the following wars. In 1616, besieged by the Spanish governor of Milan, it was defended by Duke Charles Emmanuel I himself. In 1630–1631, the city suffered heavy losses for a plague, and some years later was conquered by the Spanish, although Savoy regained it in 1643. Another unsuccessful Spanish siege occurred in 1650. In the November 1703, during the War of Spanish Succession, Asti fell to France again: it was reconquered in 1705 by Victor Amadeus II. In 1745 French troops invaded it once more, but was freed the following year.

The cathedral of Asti.

In 1797 the Astigiani, raged by the continuous military campaigns and by poor economic situation, revolted against the Savoy government. On July 28 the Repubblica Astese was declared. However, it was suppressed only two days later. The revolutionary chiefs were arrested and executed. The following year the Savoy were expelled by Piedmont by the French revolutionary army, and Asti was occupied by general Montrichard. After a short reversal, the French returned after the victory at Marengo (1800) near to Alessandra: Napoleon himself visited Asti on April 29, 1805, but was received rather coldly by the citizens, and the city was demoted and incorporated with Alessandra under the department of Marengo. After the end of the French empire, Asti returned to Piedmont in 1814, and followed its history until the founding of the unification of Italy in 1861.

Climate

Asti has a continental climate which is moderated by the proximity of the Mediterranean sea: its winters are warmer, and its summers cooler than Turin. Rain falls mostly during the spring and autumn; during the hottest months rain is less common, but stronger when it does occur, usually in thunderstorms. During November and December in particular, the town of Asti can be prone to fog, which is less common is the higher-altitude areas that surround it.

Weather data for San Damiano d'Asti
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 3
(37)
5
(41)
10
(50)
14
(57)
19
(66)
23
(73)
25
(77)
24
(75)
21
(69)
15
(59)
8
(46)
4
(39)
14
(57)
Average low °C (°F) 0
(32)
1
(33)
4
(39)
7
(44)
11
(51)
15
(59)
17
(62)
17
(62)
14
(57)
9
(48)
4
(39)
0
(32)
8
(46)
Precipitation cm (inches) 2.4
(1)
4
(1.6)
5.3
(2.1)
5.9
(2.3)
6.4
(2.5)
3.7
(1.5)
2.2
(0.9)
4.2
(1.7)
3.6
(1.4)
6.2
(2.4)
5.5
(2.2)
3.3
(1.3)
52.7
(20.7)
Source: Weatherbase[1] 2008

Main sights

Some sections of the ancient city walls remain on the North side of the city and in the late 20th century building work uncovered a section of Roman wall in the center of the city.

The area to the NW of the city, between the centre and the Cathedral, is very rich in medieval palaces and merchants houses, many with monumental towers. Asti was known as the city of 100 towers (although there were 120 in total) of which several still remain today within the old city walls. The most known are the Tower of the Comentini (13th century), the octagonal Torre de Regibus and Torre Troyana (13th century), as well as the ancient Rossa di San Secondo, built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus.

The cathedral: interior.

Asti is the home to several old churches. These include:

  • the great Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta (built in the 13th century over another Cathedral), one of the biggest in Piedmont, in Romanesque-Gothic style. The monumental belfry is from 1266. the facade is characterized by three portals, each surmounted by a big rose-window. The interior, with a nave and two aisles, houses a wide cycle of 18th century frescoes, some altarpieces by Gandolfino d'Asti and precious silver artworks from the 15th-16th centuries. The presbytery has a noteworthy mosaic floor, from the pre-existing church. next to the last pilasters of the nave are two 14th century artworks, the funerary seal of bishop Baldracco Malabaila and the equestrian portrait of Arricino Moneta.
  • the Collegiata di San Secondo (13th century) in the old medieval centre next to the Palazzo Civico. Its name refers to Secundus of Asti, the city's patron saint. The crypt is from the 6th century. The facade has three notable Gothic portals, while the interior houses a polyptych by Gandolfino d'Asti and other works.
  • Santa Maria Nuova (11th century).
  • San Martino, first mentioned in 886. The old Gothic edifice was dismantled in 1696 and rebuilt along Baroque lines in 1736.
  • Sant'Anastasio (8th-12th century), whose museum has some antique capitals and sculptures.
  • the Baroque church of St. Catherine.
  • the Baptistery of St. Peter (12th century) is the most important building from the High Middle Ages in the city. It has octagonal plan with a wide dome.
  • San Pietro in Consavia (15th century), with elegant external decorations. It the seat of the Archaeological Museum, with Roman and Egyptian works.

There is a Synagogue and a museum depicting the history of Asti's Jewish community whose presence is documented since 812.

Events

Palio di Asti

One of the most famous events held in Asti is the famous Palio di Asti, in which all the old town wards, called "Rioni" and "Borghi" plus nearby towns compete in a bare-back horse race. This event recalls a victory in battle versus the rival city Alba, during the Middle Ages after the victorious battle a race was held around Alba's walls, from then on every year in Asti. Asti's Palio is the oldest recorded one in Italy, and in modern times is held in the triangular Piazza Alfieri preceded by a medieval pageant through the old town on the 3rd Sunday of September.

Wine

The three neighbouring Provinces of Asti, Cuneo, and Alessandria incorporate the Langhe and Monferrato hill region in the centre of Piedmont, limestone and sandstone deposits laid down by the retreating Adriatic some 5 million years ago, and are home to some of Italy's finest red wines, plus some famous whites. Asti city is in the centre of this area and is the major city of this notable wine district.

Part of Monferrato lies in the Province of Asti, and is an important area for the production of fine wines. Perhaps the wine most famously associated with Asti worldwide is the sparkling Asti Spumante (DOCG). The name today is usually shortened to ‘Asti’ in order to avoid associations with the many wines of dubious quality which are labelled as Spumante. Asti is typically sweet and low in alcohol (often below 8%). It is made solely from the moscato bianco white muscat grape. A premium version known as Moscato d'Asti (DOCG) is seen outside Italy. Besides Asti Spumante being the most known wine abroad, the most renowned wine made in Asti and Monferrato is the red wine called Barbera.

While Asti province became famous around the world thanks to Martini and Rossi, Gancia and Riccadonna which made commercial wines like Asti Spumante, it is now also becoming famous internationally for its classic red wines such as Barbera d'Asti, Freisa d'Asti, Grignolino d'Asti, Bonarda and Ruché di Castagnole Monferrato. These wines and many others can be sampled during the week-long Douja d'Or wine exhibition which is held at the same time as the Palio and Sagre.

Food

Asti is also famous for its Festival Delle Sagre, held in September a week before the Palio. During the festival most of the towns in Asti's province meet in a great square called "Campo del Palio", here they offer typical food and wine for which they are known. On the Sunday of the Sagre all the towns involved stage a parade with floats depicting traditional farming with everyone in costume along Asti's roads to reach "Campo del Palio" square.

Asti province becomes a gourmands delight from October to December in the white truffle or "tartufo bianco" season. Although neighbouring Alba is better known for its October truffle fair, some of the best truffles are found around Asti's hills, and every weekend there is a local truffle festival.

Vittorio Alfieri.

Notable people

People from Asti includes:

Frazioni

Bramairate, Bricco Fassio, Bricco Roasio, Ca' dei Coppi, Caniglie, Carretti, Casabianca, Castiglione, Madonna di Viatosto, Mombarone, Mongardino Stazione, Montemarzo, Migliandolo, Poggio d'Asti, Portacomaro Stazione, Quarto, Quarto superiore, Revignano, Rioscone, San Grato di Sessant, San Marzanotto, San Marzanotto Piana, San Vito - Poggio, Santo Spirito, Serravalle, Sessant, Torrazzo, Trincere, Vaglierano Alto, Vaglierano Basso, Valenzani, Valfea, Valgera, Valle Tanaro, Valle Andona, Valmaggiore, Valmairone, Valmanera, Variglie.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Asti is twinned with:

References

  1. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for San Damiano d'Asti, Italy". Weatherbase. 2008. http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weatherall.php3?s=161161&refer=. Retrieved 2008-11-02.  

External links

  • Hasta in The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites.
  • Asti Antica (Italian), a site dedicated to the history of the town.
  • OASI Organization for Computer Science Development in Asti
  • Asti Restaurant Guide from ChefMoz, part of the Open Directory Project

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Asti is the provincial capital of one of most important wine areas in Italy and lends its name to some illustrious wines. The city dates to pre-Roman times and still a few ruins remain. In the 10th-13th centuries, Asti rose economically and politically to become one of the most powerful independent cities in Western Italy, with extensive trading rights granted by the Holy Roman Empire. The old medieval town still maintains many of the historic palaces and towers built by the rich families -Asti was known as the "city of 100 towers" (in fact there were 120 of which about 15 survive). Eventually power struggles between Turin and Milan led to Asti’s demise as an independent city and the city changed hands frequently over a 300 year period until it fell under control of the House of Savoy in 1575, regaining some of its former glory. The city is divided into the new Baroque (1700’s) town centred around the Piazza Alfieri named after one of Italy’s most famous poets who was born in Asti and the medieval town centred on the Piazza San Secondo with the Romanesque San Secondo Church and Crypt. Today Asti is the main commercial centre of Piedmont's wine area, but still retains a friendly small town feel and is a good base for touring Piedmont. Asti is 40 minutes drive from Turin and one hour from Milan.

Get in

By plane

Turin Caselle (one hour), Genoa Cristoforo Colombo (one hour), Milan Malpensa or Linate (one and half hours). Better to rent a car, (useful for touring around Asti area) or take shuttle to main station and train to Asti.

By car

Asti is on the A21 Torino-Piacenza autostrada; other (scenic) routes are via SS231 from Ventimiglia via Cuneo, Bra and Alba; via SS457 from Casale Monferatto (and Vercelli); via SS458 from Ivrea and Chivasso;

By train

Asti is a principal station on the main Turin to Rome line. Frequent trains from Turin (30 minutes) or Genoa (one hour). From Milan you need to change in Alessandria or Voghera.

Get around

Central Asti is quite compact and there is a large and reasonably well preserved historical centre which is easy to walk around. The train station is close to the centre and there are 2 large and convenient parking spaces in the centre (except on market days) at Piazza Alfieri and Campo di Palio. Also parking in the old city at Piazza Roma and Piazza Catena, but be cautious of restricted streets.

See

There are several medieval churches in Asti, the oldest dating back to XI Century and most open to visitors in normal hours, including

  • Collegiata di San Secondo on Piazza San Secondo, build on the site of Asti’s patron saint’s martyrdom (119 AD), rebuilt in XIII century, located in the old market piazza and houses the bones of the sacred saint of Asti in the crypt and the Palio d’Asti banners in a chapel.
  • Cathedrale di Santa Maria Assunta in Piazza Cathedrale. Built in XIV century, one of Piedmont’s most important gothic churches.
  • Medieval City, the central part of Asti still comprises of narrow paved streets, ancient buildings, towers palaces and churches, with many parts of the old wall still intact. Great for wandering around.
  • Torre Troyana (Trojan Tower) Piazza Medici 13th C. Asti was know as the “city of 100 towers” – in fact there were 120 of these fortified family bolt-holes, of which about 12 still survive. This tower is open to visitors on weekends to walk up the summit.
  • Torre Rosso (Romano), end of C.Alfieri. Oldest surviving tower dating back to roman era (1st C) formerly part of the old gate
  • Palazzo Civico, Piazza San Secondo. An old palace, used as the mayors office and other Asti commune offices. Visitors allowed on the first floor halls.
  • Historical Archives, Palazza Mazzola, Via Cardinal Massaia, opposite Cathedral. Houses a large collection of historical documents and maps, including a room dedicated to Palio di Asti. Open weekdays in normal hours, €2.50 admission.
  • Teatro Alfieri, Asti’s theatre, built in 1860, resembles an opera house and was recently renovated. Often if someone is there they will let you wander around.
  • Museum and Crypt of San’Anastasio, 365 Cso Alfieri, 8th C . Mondays closed admission €2.50
  • Bapistry di San Pietro, Cso Alfieri /Pzz. 1Maggio, Romanesque church and museum complex (Paleantological and Archeological) built 12th C modeled on Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, with cloisters, tower and pilgrims hospice. Closed Monday, admission €2.50
  • Synagogue and Jewish museum – visit by appointment only
  • Scassa Tapestry Workshop and museum. Scassa specializes in making tapestries based on famous paintings.Visits are free by appointment.
  • Palio di Asti, this historic bareback horse race is the oldest one of its type in Italy originating in 1273, when the Astigiani staged a race beneath the walls of the enemy city of Alba causing great devastation to their vineyards. Wars between Asti and Alba have long since ceased, although to this day there is intense rivalry between the cities, and the Palio horse race is now held every 3rd Sunday in September. All the ancient borgo (boroughs) of Asti, and many nearby towns enter both a horse and a contingent for the medieval parade preceding the Palio. The parade starts at the Cathedral and winds through the historical medieval town ending up on the Palio arena on Piazza Alfieri. There are 3 heats, followed by an interlude for the flag-throwers to show their skills; then the final is raced (usually after several deliberate false starts) and the winner claims his prize - the precious banner with the picture of Asti’s patron saint, the "Palio di Asti". [1]
  • Feste Della Sagre, every second weekend in September. Every small town and commune in Piedmont holds a “Sagre” festival celebrating their special food dish and local wines. The Asti Sagre is the “Sagre of Sagres” where some 50 or so provincial towns and communes build a thematic stand in the Campo Del Palio and for two days over the weekend hold an eating festival. Tickets are bought directly at each stand and typically cost €3-€4 a plate, plus €1-€2 for a glass of wine. On the Sunday morning all the participants sponsor a float depicting traditional rural themes, such as wine making, truffle hunting, distilling grappa, old threshing machines, laundry day, etc (there’s even one depicting the local bordello). The staging area is in the Campo del Palio and the parade goes through the medieval town, pulled by antique tractors lovingly maintained for the occasion. [2]
  • Douja D'Or, for 10 days between the Sagre and Palio, Asti holds the Douja D’Or (gold goblet) wine tasting competition and symposium. Every day there are taste workshops, learned discussions, wine judging, label competition, plus speciality plates from the local restaurants and music at night. Over 400 wines are available for tasting, not only Piedmontese but from all over Italy and each year a non-Italian wine region is featured. [3]
  • Palio Degli Sbandieratori, Piedmont's flag-throwing teams are justly famous and every Asti Borgo and provincial town sponsors a team, who compete in the Piazza San Secondo in a night time spectacle during the Palio week. This event is not staged for tourists, its very much for locals to support their commune, and hence has a lot of character and charm.

Buy

Asti has many smart shops in the town centre. Some good places for gifts:

  • Ricambe d’Arte - 306 Cso Alfieri, linens, materials, laces, table clothes and small gift items.
  • Pastecceria Giordanino – 256 Cso Alfieri, cakes, chocolates and biscuits.
  • Enoteca Pompa Magna, Via Aliberti 65, good selection of local wines and wine bar at very reasonable prices – owner speaks English.
  • Gastronomia San Secondo – Cso Dante 6, wonderful delicatessen close to Pza Alfieri
  • Laboratorio Caseario, - Via Cavour 6, (near Rainero Hotel), Asti’s best cheese shop, also a wine bar and café ideal for a light lunch.
  • Indoor Food Market, near Piazza Alfieri, open everyday except Sunday and Thursday afternoon. Bakeries, cheeses, meats, fish, etc. Good quality.
  • Farmer’s market, Piazza Catena, open daily in mornings except Sunday, vegetables and fruit from local small farms.
  • Asti market Piazza Alfieri and Campo del Palio, a big general market twice weekly on Wed&Sat, clothing, shoes, haberdashery, hardware’s, household etc, plus cheese, meat and bakery stands. Fruit and vegetables in the morning only.
  • Fiera Carolinga, huge yearly market every May, over 1000 stalls from all over Italy.
  • Antique market, in central Asti every 4th Sunday of the month.
  • Truffle Fair, Cucina e Cantina, mid-November, Asti's truffle festival combined with many wine and food stalls.

Eat

Asti has many fine restaurants, osterie and trattorie to choose from including.

  • Tacabanda, Via al Teatro 5. 0141-530999 closed Monday. Next to Teatro Alfieri, downstairs basement. Good wine selection and value.
  • Gener NeuvLungo Tanaro 4. 0141-557270 closed Sunday evening. Next to the river Tanaro. Regarded as Asti’s best restaurant (and most expensive).
  • L'Angolo Beato, Via Guttuari 12 – 0141-531-668 closed Sunday
  • Pizza Francese, Via dei Cappellai 15,- 0141-592321, closed Wednesday.
  • Hotel Reale, Piazza Alfieri 6 – 0141-530-240 always open. The old hotel in the heart of town on Piazza Alfieri, good restaurant (Il Flauto Magico), wine bar and pizzeria downstairs
  • Bar Cocchi, corner of Piazza Alfieri, one of Asti's oldest bars, orginally opened by Cocchi spumante house.
  • Pompa Magna, wine bar and restaurant.
  • Hotel Cavour, Piazza Marconi 18, tel 0141-530222; fax 0141-530222; [4]. Inexpensive hotel next to train station.
  • Hotel Palio, Via Cavour 106; tel 0141-34371; fax 0141-3473; [5]. 4-star hotel in central Asti, close to train station and campo del Palio.
  • Villa Sampaguita, Valleandona 117, tel; 0141-295802; fax 0141-295970; [6]. De-luxe agriturismo B&B 10 minutes from Asti, owned by British couple, with vineyard and winery.
  • Asti Turismo, Piazza Alfieri 29; tel 0141-530-357; fax 0141-538-200; [7]; info@astiturismo.it

Get out

Asti is nearby to many wine country hill towns and villages:

  • The Roero; Cisterna d'Asti, Canale
  • N. Monferrato; Cocconato, Abbazia Vezzolano, Sacra di Crea
  • S. Monferrato; Nizza, Canelli
  • Langhe; Barolo, Barbaresco & Mango
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

ASTI (anc. Hasta), 2 town and episcopal see of Piedmont, Italy, in the province of Alessandria, situated on the Tanaro; it is 22 m. W. by rail from Alessandria. Pop. (1901) town, 19,787; commune, 41,047. Asti has still numerous medieval towers, a fine Gothic cathedral of the 14th century, the remains of a Christian basilica of the 6th century, and the octagonal baptistery of S. Pietro (Iith century). It was the birthplace of the poet Vittorio Alfieri. In ancient times it manufactured pottery. It is now famous for its sparkling wine (Asti spumante), and is a considerable centre of trade.


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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also asti, -asti, and aştî

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Proper noun

Singular
Asti

Plural
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Asti

  1. Province of Piedmont, Italy.
  2. Town and capital of Asti.
  3. A white wine made in Asti or its vicinity.

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Italian

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  1. Asti (province)
  2. Asti (town)

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Asti (it:Asti) is an Italian city in Piemonte of 74.392 people living in it.


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