Top 5 things to do in Asti

Asti Ville

Visiting Asti: what are the best things to see and do in this emblematic Piedmont town?

Asti is a medium-sized town in Piedmont, just over an hour’s drive from Turin. The region around Asti is best known for its wine and the Palio. On a trip to Piedmont, it’s a destination not to be missed, and a good base for visiting the surrounding towns and villages. It’s also a good place to spend an evening eating out in the town’s pedestrian streets.

1. Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral

La Cathédrale Santa Maria Assunta

It’s one of Piedmont’s most important religious buildings. With its architecture similar to that of Turin, this cathedral (dating from the 5th or 6th century) is a must-see if you’re visiting Asti.

2. Torre Comentina and Torre dell’orologio

Asti-piazza-roma

In Piazza Roma, you’ll see the Torre Comentina, and next to the Palazzo Ducale, the Torre dell’orologio. These are the two towers that have survived the test of time in Asti. This ancient Roman fortified town was indeed a powerful city with numerous towers and walls in the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance.

3. The pedestrian city center

The tour of the city center begins in Piazza San Secondo, and continues through the district as far as Piazza Roma. In this area you’ll find many stores and restaurants where locals like to spend their evenings.

This is also where medieval celebrations take place during the Palio d’Asti.

4. Palio d’Asti

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The Palio d’Asti takes place every year on the third weekend in September. It’s an event well worth visiting in this town, where the festivities and preparations last all week. It’s best to plan ahead, especially when it comes to hotel reservations!

5. The surrounding area

The Asti and Alba regions are exceptionally rich in gastronomy and cultural heritage. Asti is an interesting town to visit for a few days, and a good starting point for the following activities (list not exhaustive!):

  • Costigliole d’Asti
  • Castello Gancia (Canelli)
  • Alba and the Langhe region

How to get to Asti

To get to Asti, it’s best to arrive directly from Turin by road or by air (you can check flights to get there on Kiwi). It’s easy to get to Asti by freeway from Turin or even from Genoa.

Where to stay in Asti?

If you want to sleep in Asti, be sure to check the period you’re going. In February for the Asti Carnival or the Palio in September, it can be hard to find places. If you’re planning to visit the region by car, the B&Bs outside town are great (tested and approved: B&B La Valle). You can compare all hotels in Asti with this hotel comparison tool.

Have you ever visited Asti? What did you think of it?

Map of hotels and accommodation – Piedmont