Tourism in Asti
The city of Asti has a rich history, going back to before the time of the Romans. Much of the medieval city is still intact, including a dozen baronial towers. These can be easily visited on foot from the Hotel Lis, as can the city’s museums, noble baroque palaces and elegant 19th century squares.
The Asti of the Middle Ages really comes to life on the third Sunday of September, with the medieval pageant and Palio bareback horse race. This contest between the rival quarters of the historic city dates from the 13th century, making it far older than the Siena Palio, and is accompanied by a very memorable flag-throwing competition. The province of Asti also has a strong artistic and architectural heritage, particularly evident in the castles which dot the hillsides surrounding the city .
The nearby Monferrato hills and – further to the south – the Langhe are well known for their wine production: Barbera, Barolo, Grignolino and a host of other wines are all made in the area.
As a consequence the city hosts a number of events linked to food and wine: in particular the festival of the Sagre, which brings together local cultural, gastronomic and folk traditions (held on the second Sunday in September); the Douja D’Or wine competition (also held in September); and the Truffle Fair (held in November).