The Province of Asti lies at the heart of Piedmont and borders Liguria in the south.
This mostly hilly territory stretches across Monferrato and a small area of the Langhe and the Langa Astigiana, and is traversed by the Tanaro River.
Gentle hills alternate with valleys to create landscapes of unique beauty, and vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see, to provide a kaleidoscope of shades and tones.
Within this stunning natural scenery lie towns of Medieval origins, such as Canelli, Nizza Monferrato and San Damiano d’Asti, or small but evocative Medieval borgoes in the hills, like Moncalvo, Roccaverano and Costigliole.
4 Days / 3 Night
1st Day: Asti
Morning arrival and accommodation in 4* hotel. Morning at disposal and lunch in a local restaurant with typical Piedmontese menu.
In the afternoon a pleasant walk through the “100 Towers City” . Starting from Vittorio Alfieri Square ( the real center of the city dedicated to the famous writer who was born in Asti in 1749), proceeding to San Secondo Square visiting San Secondo’s Collegiate Church (built between 13th and the 14th century in the typical Piedmontese late-gothic style) which safeguards a few high quality artworks. Nearby there is the Town Hall, an 18th century building by the famous architect Benedetto Alfieri. Walking through the old town center you have the opportunity to admire the Old Jewish Ghetto , where its 19th century synagogue reminds of the Jewish community and its important presence in the city. Down to Corso Vittorio Alfieri there are Mazzetti’s, Ottolenghi’s and Alfieri’s Palaces (the last one the writer’s native house). The walk terminates at the monumental entrance of the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral (which is one of the biggest churches in Piedmont), where the strict medieval style and the sumptuous baroque one merge perfectly. In Cairoli Square you can admire the Alfieri Palace together with the Red Tower (built by Romans between the 1st century B.C. and the 1st century A.D.) and the Troyana Tower that, with its 44 meters high, is the highest tower in the city.
Dinner at a typical restaurant and overnight.
2nd Day: Nizza Monferrato and Canelli
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Nizza Monferrato. Walk through the city starting from Garibaldi Square where you can see its market and the typical Foro Boario (cattle market), than Carlo Alberto Street, the “Contrada Maestra” with its shops and arcades, the real shopping center of the city. Going down the street there is Martiri di Alessandria Square, the city Small Living Room, where you can see: the Town Hall (a 15th century building overlooked by a crenellated tower usually named “The Campanon”) and the beautiful “De Benedetti’s Palace”. After that you can find the “Baronale Crova’s Palace” (18th century) with its terracotta decorations and its characteristic ribbed vaults. In its basement there is the Regional Wine Exhibition where you have the opportunity to taste the noble wines of the territory. Proceeding to Billiani Street you will find the Italian Unification Commemorative Doorway by Michele Pizzonorno (a renowned sculptor from Nizza). Vittorio Emanuele’s Square is the next stop and you can visit the neoclassical Church of “San Giovanni in Lanero”; continuation to XX Settembre Square visiting the Sant’Ippolito’s Church where two curiosities can be admired: a brick house with terracotta decorations and the bronze statue of Francesco Cirio (the famous founder of the CIRIO’s food Industries). Departure to Calamandrana and lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Canelli, the capital city of Spumante (sparkling wine) and visit of the city. Guided tour of the Bosca’s Wine Cellars, wine tasting. Return to Asti.
Dinner in typical restaurant and overnight.
3rd Day: Alba and Barolo
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure towards Alba, the Langhe capital city. In the historical center of Alba, towers and medieval fortified houses alternate with manor houses in memory of the families who lived in the city between the 13th and the 15th century granting the city power and prestige. Going through the Roman streets of the ancient “Alba Pompeia”, you may discover elegant squares and majestic churches, among which the Cathedral of “San Lorenzo” (the city patron) stands out. Walking through the city You will experience the chocolate and truffle fragrances together with luxurious boutique and jewelry. Free lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Barolo. Visit its city center and its famous Castle, which has been the powerful Marquis Falletti’s summer residence for over 600 years. Today the castle hosts the Wine Museum (WIMU): an evocative multimedia and multisensory itinerary to discover the wine culture in all its aspects : from the legendary /historical to the anthropological and economical ones, passing through the influence on art and entertainment. Stop at the Barolo Regional Wine Exhibition (located in the castle basement) which shows over 180 Barolo wine labels. The day will end with a walk through the La Morra historical village, which is full of history and panoramic views. Noteworthy are the beautiful Baroque Church and the Civic Tower. From the belvedere balcony you have a 360° view of Langhe landscapes.
Return to Asti, dinner and overnight.
4th Day: Asti
Breakfast and check-out. Meeting with the guide & visit of the underground city which allow to admire the city’s medieval hidden splendors. The 1st stop is the San Secondo’s burial chamber, which holds the Patron remains; after that there is the Sant’Anastasio Crypt and the Lapidario Museum, where the Asti medieval times’ wonderful life can be closely watch.
Visit to the Paleontological Museum, where the Mare Antico remains are kept.
Lunch and, in the afternoon, visit at the San Pietro in Consavia Medieval complex and Archeological Museum.
Asti, Langhe and Monferrato
|Flight||To be defined|
|Accomodation||Four stars hotel|
|Price from||299,00 euro Individual price|
The individual price includes:
• 4* hotel accommodation (Bed&Breakfast treatment);
• Lunches and dinner as described in the program;
• Wine tasting in Canelli and Barolo;
• Guide for 2 days.