Vittorio Alfieri, birth in Asti in1749, death in Florence in1803, was a poet and drama writer. He is among the top Italian writers of all times.
Quotes from Vittorio Alfieri
"The true courage is not to die but to live"
"Coups, even when they succeed, have most often ill consequences as they were built against a tyrant but not against tyranny."
"Under tyranny, fears of everybody build the cowardice of most"
Favorite thing: The city Hall stands close to the city market, not far from Corso Vittorio Alfieri. It is a 19th (or ealy 20th) century building with only a few carvings. On top, a medallion with the initial CR (I do not know what does it mean) framed by two sat ladies.
Favorite thing: "Cento anni di arduo dovere" : a hundred years of arduous duty. In front of the city market, stands a monument to honor the "Alpini", the famous troops that were trained to fight in the mountains, even at the highest elevations. Many cities of Piemont have monuments to the Alpini that are a Piemont glory.
Favorite thing: At the lower end of Corso Vittorio Alfieri stands a long and low building. It is the "Mercato", the city market. Unfortunately, as it was Sunday afternoon, it was closed and we have not been able to visit it. I suppose that among others, they sell mushrooms and may be Cesar's Amanita!
Favorite thing: On another side of Piazza Medici, a much smaller house has nevertheless an interesting feature. The third level is lined with narrow arches. Each arch is decorated with a different flower motif in pastel colors (enlargement on the second and third photo.
Favorite thing: On Piazza Medici, in front of the Camera di Commercio stands an imposing building (Palace ?) made of stone and bricks of various colors that make a decor. It extends along a side street with different terraces equipped with delicate wrought iron arches.
Favorite thing: The building of the Camera di Commercio (Trade Chamber) has nothing exceptional and would not be worth a photo had it not two white marble statues on each side of its main entrance. They are clad in a Roman looking tunic. The one of the left holds a heavy hammer, resting on a cogwheel. The other holds an armful of vegetables. They obviously mean Industry and Agriculture, standing together for Trade !
On a square in the old city, the monument called Fontana dell'aquedotto (fountain of the aqueduct) was erected on October 18th 1908 to commemorate the new aqueduct that brought enough drinkable water to the growing city.
The sculptor was Materno Giribaldi (Giribaldi, not Garibaldi) a local sculptor (1870-1951) that carved many monuments in the city and in the cemetery before he emigrated to Brasil in 1925, where he made also many other sculptures.
In the same part of Corso Vittorio Alfieri than the chemist's, a house bears a marble sign that says :
Da questo balcone, il 13 marzo 1887, Giuseppe Garibaldi arringava con forti parole gli astigiani, predicendo prossima l'entrata in Roma
From this balcony, on March 13th 1887, Giuseppe Garibaldi harangued with strong words the citizens of Asti, foretelling the entrance in Roma.
Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian patriot, born in Nice in 1807, that fought for the unity of Italy against Austria, against the kingdom of the two Sicilies and against the pope, who still owned an extensive state.
When you leave the expressway or train station at Asti, you enter Astesana, an ancient land with scores of castles, evidence of many small capitals and illustrious houses. Monferrato is north of the Tanaro River, or to the east (in the province of Alessandria); Roero is to the west, and the Langhe begin to the southwest.
Astesana is the most fertile area in the province of Asti, with over 50 closely-located towns and cities (an average of 3 to 5 Km apart): an invitation to stroll. This area alone produces a third of Piedmont's wine, including outstanding Barbera and aromatic Moscato and Brachetto. It's also the birthplace of Italian spumante (sparkling wine). Here you'll find extraordinary grappas and the only Italian DOC goat's milk cheese, incredible vegetables and Piedmont's most aromatic truffles.
The Wine Road has taken the old name of Astesana and used it to protect eight routes, all running along peaceful secondary roads, with magnificent panoramas from hilltops called “the hills of quality”. There are over 300 wineries (most private, some cooperative) open for visits, tastings, purchases. In these towns, always featuring a castle or a tower, with churches at times imposing or meekly set at the intersection of country roads, the visitor's biggest surprise is food, especially in restaurants, but also in shops.
There are over a hundred Asti dishes based on centuries of tradition, a range without equal in other regions. You'll never be bored in this region, with over 20 thousand seats at restaurants and farm holiday facilities. An exceptional welcome awaits the gourmet tourist, with dozens of festive events every month and countless accommodations, from quality farm holidays to small, gracious hotels.
Asti offers an incredible variety of food. You can choose between local cuisine, pizzas, chinese and other ethnic restaurants.
But if you like to taste typical dishes, I advise you to try them in one of the many restaurants and wineries you can find in Asti or its surroundings.
Every dinner consists in 5-6 starters (antipasti), 2-3 home-made pasta (agnolotti, tagliolini) and rice, 2 kinds of meat and/or typical cheeses and salamis. At the end various desserts.
The love of cuisine, wines, meats, truffles, and cardoons have made Asti famous all over the world with its restaurants, trattorie, and wine bars.
Everything is home-made using typical and high quality produicts, like pepperoni, fungi, truffles.
Every course is accompanied by its appropriate wine, Barbera, Dolcetto, Freisa or the precious Barolo or Barbaresco, whose made of Asti one of the most famous capitol of wine all over the world.
Moscato and Spumante d'Asti are served with desserts, like bunet (a typical chocolate pudding), hazelnut cakes, zabaione and more.
Aren't you hungry?
I am, always -:)))))))