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Sports in Asti

Palio d'Asti

Held on the third Sunday of September, this bareback horse race commemorates a victorious battle against Alba during the Middle Ages and draws over a quarter of a million spectators from surrounding villages. Cheeky…
Seafood in Asti


A fabulous surprise: a bright, modern seafood place in the heart of tradition-bound, landlocked Piedmont. Some of the international-leaning dishes can be a little ambitious but locals, who obviously need the occasio…
Landmark in Asti

Torre Troyana o Dell'Orologio

During the late 13th century the region became one of Italy's wealthiest, with 150-odd towers springing up in Asti alone. Of the 12 that remain, only this one can be climbed. Troyana is a 38m-tall tower that dates f…
Piedmontese in Asti

Pompa Magna

This split-level brasserie is a great spot for a bruschetta and glass of very good wine (it also owns an enoteca at Corso Alfieri 332; closed Mondays). But the chef-prepared menus and bonet (chocolate pudding) are a…
Museum in Asti

Palazzo Mazzetti

This 18th-century residence of the Mazzetti family houses the civic museum and an information office. Downstairs you'll find Roman artefacts and a scale model of the city. Upstairs there are Italian paintings from t…
Food & Drink in Asti

Douja d'Or

This 10-day festival (a douja is a terracotta wine jug unique to Asti), held in early September, is complemented by the Delle Sagre food festival on the second Sunday of September.
Piedmontese in Asti

Osteria La Vecchia Carrozza

You could be sharing this osteria, bedecked with white tablecloths, with a quartet of nuns or a birthday party of celebrating college graduates. At this local spot, your truffle-scented pasta comes with much down-to…
Cathedral in Asti

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta

Rising above Asti's historic core is the enormous belfry of this 13th-century Romanesque-Gothic cathedral. Its grandly painted interior merits a peek.