ITINERARY IN MONFERRATO
The territory of Monferrato is one of the most interesting tourist destinations for those who love Italian wine. Today's itinerary takes you from Cuneo to Asti, to discover some of the most interesting places in Piedmont.
Typology: culture, nature, food and wine
Route: 93 km
Journey by motorbike or by car
Recommended seasons: autumn
Curiosities There are different theories about the origins of the term "Monferrato". Some say it derives from the Latin Mons Ferax, a definition tied to the fertility of the soil, while other people call into question several fascinating Medieval legends, one of which wants the name deriving from the word "brick" and "shod" in honor of a squire that shod his horse with a brick, having no other materials.
canavese soup, tomatoes stuffed with rice, eel “alla piemontese”
Barbera d'Asti, Grignolino d'Asti, Barbera del Monferrato
Tourists visiting Cuneo, besides finding several restaurants serving local cuisine, can take a walk in the fine old town, going through places like Contrada Mondovì, thinking they have gone back in time because of the medieval buildings that rise along it. Among other interesting places around town we should mention Piazza Galimberti, an extremely characteristic spot due to the simultaneous presence of houses and arcades in the neoclassical style.
The third most populous municipality in the province of Cuneo, the village of Fossano is a nice instance of a town of medieval origins, where it is possible to admire the Castle of Principi d'Acaja, a majestic fortified dwelling place (built in the 14th century), the Church of Saint George (the oldest one) and Porta San Marino (the main gateway to the city).
Bra is a city of very ancient origins and of strong cultural traditions (Books Fair for Kids, Folkestate, Corto in Bra, da Cortile a Cortile just to mention a few). Don't miss the Traversa Palace of the Renaissance, and the Castle of Pollenzo, a historical building that is part of the heritage of aristocratic residences of the Savoy family in Piedmont. Then there is the Zizzola, a building that symbolizes the town, via Cavour, the most central street and meeting point, full of historical clubs, where Italian writer Giovanni Arpino used to spend his days.
Alba is linked to two main typical products: truffle and Dolcetto wine. When visiting the town you can plunge into an atmosphere of great impact, and appreciate the value of places of great architectural value, such as the 16th-century Municipal Palace (including instances of sacred frescoes), the Gothic Cathedral, the several towers all along the perimeter walls of the city and central Piazza Risorgimento, the heart of the entire urban system.
The city of Asti was the see of a Lombard dukedom and a fundamental junction for trade in the 12th and 13th centuries. Today its name is connected to the popular sparkling wine, to the historical Palio in honor of the patron saint San Secondo and to the Rioni (districts) into which the town is divided ("of noblemen" and "of suburbs") Among the most interesting buildings we mention the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, a wonderful instance of sacred Gothic architecture in Piedmont and Palazzo Ottolenghi, in which you can admire some beautiful local heraldic symbols.