Big merchants and smart medieval bankers made the city of Asti wealthy and powerful among the medival European superpowers, and left their footprint into a number of unique gothic houses, mighty churces and towers as tall as the sky. This visit will allow you to see some medieval parchments and books dating back to the Middle Ages that will let you understand the reasons behind the wide commercial and financial success of the city and will disclose you the secret behind the city renovation of the XIII Century that transformed it into a Medival Manhattan. Then, after visiting the most impressive Gothic Cathedral in Piedmont you will marvel before the romanesque Holy Sepulchre Round where the secrets of the Kinghts of St. John from Jerusalem will be eventually disclosed to you. You’ll learn about their internal organisation, their rituals, their wandering in the Middle Est and the structure of their local Commenda, among the most powerful in Europe.
Asti, a Medieval Odissey is a guided walking tour in the old town of Asti. It starts in the main square of the city in front of the church dedicated to the patron Saint - San Secondo at 02.30 pm. The Guide will then take you to the Historical Archive of the municipality, home of a collection of unique medieval parchments that tell the story of the city and its relationship with the Holy Roman Emperor and other local superpowers. The close by Gothic Cathedral will then be visited, including the Renaissant altar pieces and the paleo-christian remanis of the previous Church. A stroll through the city center will then lead you to the Romanesque replica of the Holy Sepulchre Round, build by the Knights of St. John from Jerusalem to assist the Christian Pilgrims during their long journeys towards the Holy Land.The tour has a duration of 3 hours and involves some walking in narrow and uneven paved street of the old town.Entrace fees to the Historic Archive and the Holy Sepulchre Round are included.Parties of 10 and above will be provided with headset to properly hear the Guide