Monferrato is an area in the countryside which shows vineyards alternated to woods and farmhouses.
Manors, towers and ruins dominate almost every hill. Countless churches and chapels give this landscape a mystic and architectural charm.
With a unique city, the state capital, the province of Asti is nearly totally covered in hills.
Asti, artistic city and important wine center, deserves a visit to discover its ancient medieval buildings and the historic village.
The religious buildings are amazing: the Cathedral, one of the most important gothic churches of the region, San Secondo’s collegiate church, di S. Pietro e S. Paolo’s Rotonda, a complex composed by a Building from the XII century and by the Battistero of San Pietro, who has a particular octagonal shape.
Its folklore is rich of sparks and traditions from the medieval history and the farm culture. In September people celebrate the Palio, an exciting horse race between the city boroughs, and the Douja d’Or, big tasting and sale of the best Italian wines. In fact, we don’t have to forget that Asti is linked to a long wine tradition. Two prestigious D.O.C.G (Denomination of Monitored and Guaranteed Origin) wines are the Asti Spumante, obtained by moscato grapes and Moscato d’Asti.
Then, there are a lot of other wines, like Dolcetto and Barbera, that you can taste in the copious cellars of the area.