We stopped in Asti for lunch and a visit to the D. Barbero Choccolateria. We had a tour of nougat making or as it is on the web page: Torrone. We saw the hazel nuts and pistachios cut up and prepared for the nougat. We saw the white foamy nougat being mixed and then hand kneaded, later cut in various sizes, packaged and prepared for sale. We...more
Formerly a private residence, Palazzo Ottolenghi (House of Eight Woods) is now a government building. Apparently it has a beautiful courtyard but it was not accessible on Saturday. As it is a civic building, visitors may have more luck viewing the courtyard on business days, or try the number above for information about organizing a visit.more
Hours and opening days vary at this small museum. Inside, you can see the capitals from 12th century columns, artifacts preserved from local gothic churches, medieval sculptures and Roman ruins. I took in most of the collection in five or six minutes, but your two euros are well spent for the opportunity to see a small room featuring columns from...more
Via Torino 7, Mombaruzzo, 14046, Italy
Good for: Solo
Just returned from Italy where I stayed three nights during the Palio at the fantastic Locanda Al...more
SS Alba-Asti 15, Isola d'Asti, Asti, 14057, Italy
Good for: Business
Typical Piemontese cuisine in the heart of the town. The owner spends quite a bit of time in the US. Be sure to try the plate of rare cheeses and to sample from the extensive wine list.This restaurant is now closed. Il padrone di casa, Duilio Moiso, vi illustrerà con perizia e disponibilità (all'occorrenza anche in francese o in inglese), un menù...more
We stayed in Cessole because of the white truffle exibition in Alba; we stayed in a lovely agriturismo (but I cannot remember its name) while this extraordianary restaurant was suggested to us by locals. The person told us:-have you ever eaten ravioli served without any dressing on a linen cloth?- This introduction waked up our curiosity, which was...more
This restaurant is down a hard-to-find alley near Piazza Statuto, but ask any local and they will point you in the right direction. Packed with local businessmen having lunch on weekdays, the pace is a lot slower on weekends. The menu features fine regional cuisine including fresh, homemade egg-based pasta and seasonal produce (try something with...more
The, cioccolata, Vin brulé (Associazione volontari protezzione civile, cità di Asti)The Association of Volunteers for Civil Protection of Asti offered for free either hot tea, hot chocolate or hot wine with spices ("vin brulé"). Guess what most people asked for !On the second photo, you can see one volunteer serving vin brulé out of a casserole....more
We had spotted this booth where (first photo), several men and women prepared and sold apple stuffed doughnuts. One woman dropped into the boiling oil with one finger a good drop of paste with a piece of apple. One of the men (third and fourth photos) checked the cooking and once they were done took them out of the oil. Then another person put the...more
A smoky nightclub in an abandoned church with old bicycles hanging from the ceiling. Live music is played here. This is the place to find young Asti residents on weekends.DIAVOLO ROSSO was the nickname of a historic cyclist from Asti (Giovanni Gerbi, 1885-1954). Anything goes. We were more concerned about keeping warm. The alcohol helped.more
Diavolo Rosso is a no profit association offering shows, arts and culture, supporting young local artists, where you can eat and drink typical food and wine, listen good live music, in an evocative atmosphere; in fact Diavolo Rosso is located in a beautiful deconsacreted church.It is open from Thursday to Sunday on evening.more
This is the closest airport to Asti. Turin Airport is located 16 kms/10 miles north of the city center (Torino). Most of the major and regional airlines fly into this airport The airport itself is very small. Their is one terminal, one coffee shop and a tobacco/newspaper stand. Buy your phone card at the Train ticket booth.
I love flowers, above all orchids and sunflowers. I'd liked to have both of them in my home: orchids are available every day, I often buy a branch of them.Sunflowers, instead, are more difficult to find so I asked to my florist to make an arrangement and in the picture you can see what he made for me. Aren't they beautiful?I put this arrengement...more
8 Reviews and Opinions
The band was mostly brass but there were two drum players (first photo). The band was altogether about thirty musicians but the most impressive were of course those that played the largest instruments. The second photo shows the two that played a large brass instrument. It certainly has a name but I do not know it. If you know its name, thank you...more
On top of Corso Vittorio Alfieri, a stand had been built for the performance of the local brass band. If you enlarge the first photo, you will see the back of Vittorio Alfieri's statue. The band played several pieces in a row and then stopped for a while to get some vin brulé !more
We visited the Viticoltori Associati Vinchio-Vaglio Serra in Vinchio to sample and purchase wines. The cooperative association was created on February 26, 1959 by 19 vine-growers from Vinchio and Vaglio Serra. It counts now 224 members, who are owners and tenants of about 320 hectares of vineyard. These vineyards are concentrated for the most part in Vinchio and Vaglio Serra. Only a resctricted part is situated in the neighbouring villages (Incisa Scapaccino, Cortiglione, Nizza Monferrato).
The cooperative is unusual as the wines are stored in large metal containers that look like gasoline pumps. Locals can come with large containers and fill up with wine by the liter.
The wines are very good. The Vigne Vecchie Barbera D'Asti Superiore is one of their best.
Reg. S. Pancrazio, 1 Vinchio
On Corso Vittorio Alfieri, there was a hot air balloon show. At first, we thought they were going to leave as they had from time long flames burning. Actually, one after the other, they raised, raised for a while, stopped and went down : they both had a rope that limited their trip. It was just for a show, not a real flight! Too bad !.more
Around Asti there are a lot of farms holiday and handlings whose offer the opportunity to discover these beautiful panoramas for nature lovers by horse, in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere, where the guests can enjoy the quiet of these multiform and changing landscapes, walk along the paths of the vineyards and the small woods, admiring the...more
The Italians are fanatical about their football- called caldo. The local team out of Torino is Juventus. See them at Stadio Delle Alpi in Torino. The games are not shown live on TV. You need to have cable (pay) to see them. They broadcast the matches but only show celebrities watching the game and announcing the goals.more
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...more
"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.more