The present church is the rebuilt version of the 1300s Romanesque church of Santa Maria di Riparupta (11th century). Internally the three naves have the crossed ceiling, which is supported by columns with sculptured capitals in sandstone. Recent restoration has brought to light some beautiful frescoes from the 13th to 16th century featuring the Madonna feeding the baby (the church was probably the place for female devotion and for requesting grace in birthgiving and breastfeeding). Among the many works of art is a wood Madonna and a sculpture in sandstone decorated in the 1400s. The church square is an excellent viewpoint over the town and hills.
Dedicated to the Patron Saint of Asti, the present church was built between the 13th and the 15th century. Of the previous building remain only the Romanesque bell tower and the central part of the crypt (10th century) which holds the Saint’s remains. Internally there are three gothic naves with many precious works among which are the polyptych and a plate of Gandolfino d’Asti, the 18th century wooden chorus and traces of frescoes dated from the 1300s and 1400s. The first chapel of the right nave hosts the drapes of the Palio donated to the church every year on 1st Tuesday of May during the medieval ceremony of the Offering of the Palio. At the end of the nave is the 18th century chapel of San Secondo designed by Bernardo Vittone.
Dedicated to Our Lady, it was built from the end of the 1200s to the middle of 1300s on a previously existing building site (of which only the mosaic flooring still remains in the presbytery). The Cathedral is the most beautiful and stately example of gothic architecture in Piedmont. The south side is the most spectacular with its Romanesque bell tower (1266), the tall single lancet window with alternate kerbing in cotto and sandstone, the elegant tiburio and the Pelletta tower (14th cent.) which is internally accessible, with frescoes of the 18th century upon the commission of the then Bishop Milliavacca. Most of the works of art, from the baptismal fonts of the 8th century and 1229. In a niche we find a terracotta group dating to 1502. The chapels display the plates of Gandofino d’Asti, a well known renaissance artist of Asti active from the end of the 15th century until 1530. All the wood carvings are very precious and come from the local artisans (18th century).
The original 13th century church has suffered destructions, lootings and reconstructions over the centuries.
Reopened in 2014, it is the first Sanctuary in Italy dedicated to the Arm of Carabineers. Built in a panoramic position, it has an interior with three naves, a tripartite facade with two superimposed orders typical of late Baroque architecture and a bell tower, part of the original Romanesque church.
Built around 1320 on the ruins of the ancient castle, the Tower is the symbol of Viarigi. Used as an observation, defense and communication building, it has undergone several changes of ownership and restoration interventions over the centuries and was declared a monumental building in 1908.
The Tower, a panoramic viewpoint on the splendid Unesco hills, is what remains of the Castle of Agliano Terme, destroyed in the first half of the XXVII century during the war of the Montferrat succession between the Duke of Savoy and the Spaniards.
The museum displays tools and common objects related to the peasant culture of the area
The complex rises in the greenery of a splendid valley, in one of the most evocative and unspoiled corners of Monferrato, among vineyards, meadows and woodland areas. In Vezzolano story and legend interweave and the hypotheses of its being are many and mysterious. Without doubt, the most fascinating legend that contributes to the growth of a halo of mystery around this Romanesque jewel is the one attributable to the birth of the imperial will of Carlo Magno. The original structure of the church appears to go back to the end of the 12th century, but there are features which appear to belong to the 13th century. The basilican plan of the church is oriented towards the east, with a nave and only one aisle and two semicircular apses: the third aisle (right hand side) is in part encompassed in the quadrangular cloister positioned on the south side of the church. The religious importance of the Madonna to Vezzolano is witnessed by the iconography of the Virgin that we find in the complex. The most amazing element of the interior is the rood screen or jubè (Gallicism from the plea “jube Domine benedicere spoken by the preacher for the faithful) that traverses the church at the height of the first span, and is without doubt the most important preserved work in Vezzolano: a very rare architectural structure, it is one of the few still existing in Italy. From the church, through a small door, one enters the cloister, a small area of absolute silence preserved over the centuries, symbol of the ancient peace of the Christian monasteries.
On the ground floor of Palazzo Alfieri, the Eugenio Guglielminetti Foundation hosts numerous temporary exhibitions. In the permanent exhibition, inaugurated in 2016 in the underground rooms of Palazzo Alfieri, sculptures and scenic designs, i.e. 50 years of Guglielminetti’s activity, are displayed.
This tower is one of Asti’s main symbols. It is 44 metres high and the highest medieval tower in Piedmont. It is the only tower which can be visited in the town: the internal wood staircase has 199 steps up to the battlement floor. From here the view over the town and surrounding hills is splendid.
The Museum hosted in the rooms of Palazzo Mazzola (14th century), seat of the Historical Archives, illustrates the most significant moments in the history of Asti and its Palio. In addition to documents never exposed to the public, you can see vintage posters, old banners of the Palio and use multimedia stations offering visitors in-depth information and striking images.
The complex in the heart of Asti previously home to the “Ponte di Lombriasco” family, then “Cotti di Ceres” and now “Gazelli di Rossana”, covers almost an entire block and is made up of two adjacent buildings:
- The aristocratic residence of medieval origin modified in the mid-18th century by the court architect Benedetto Alfieri, which comprises the tower
- The adjoining residence also of medieval origin, modified in the mid-19th century by architect Valessina according to principals of the "casa da reddito" in order to transform the estate into a business, comprising two large courtyards, various agricultural storerooms, a granary barn and a fabulous stable block with impressive vaulted ceilings.
During the visit the rooms used in the past as wine cellars and the two large courtyards can be admired.
Davide Laiolo’s art collection consists of 100 works (paintings, sculptures, graphic works) by contemporary Italian artists (Renato Guttuso, Aligi Sassu, Antonio Ligabue, Carlo Carrà)located in thre halls in Palazzo Crova. The history building also houses Museo del Gusto, a journey to discover the taste, the history of food and wine, the personalities and the quality products of the territory, through multimedia suggestions.
The Museum displays testimonies of the wine making process and of life in the ancient Piedmont farmhouses (among the exhibited objects there are wine presses from the 17th and 18th century), as well as an important collection of prints and rare labels from the 17th century to the present day.
The collection, donated by Franco Montanari, is located in the Town Hall and includes paintings and sculptures by contemporary Italian and foreign artists such as Renato Guttuso, Giorgio Morandi, Osvaldo Licini, Modigliani and Marc Chagall.
Visits: guided for individuals (min 1, max 15 people) and groups (min 10, max 30 people) in Italian, English and French. A two-day notice is required for groups.
Custom visit for children, educational kit for families and children, indoor area with games, educational activities related to temporary exhibitions.
Educational activities, guided tours and workshops for school classes.
-€ 5 full price ticket, € 3 reduced price ticket, € 3 per person for groups
-€ 5 guided visit in Italian, € 5 guided visit in English
Reduced tickets from 11 years of age and University students
Free tickets for children up to 10 years of age
Tickets are available online too
Accessible to disabled people
Pets are accepted, pet custody is possible
Availability of: car and bus park, bookshop
The museum, located in the beautiful building of the former district prisons, is a venue for exhibitions that are held throughout the year and preserves works donated by famous artists such as Enrico Paulucci, Simone Benetton and Bruno Martinazzi.
It preserves sacred and precious objects such as liturgical vestments and wooden statues from the parishes of Costigliole d' Asti, belonging to the Confraternite di San Gerolamo e della Misericordia (Congregations of St. Jerome and Mercy)
The museum exhibits material collected by the Salesian Missionaries during their travels to Patagonia, Central America, Middle and Far East.
Visits: guided or free for individuals, guided for groups, guided or free for families/children, guided for schools, in italian or english. Reservation is recomended for groups.
Accessible to disabled people with custom tour routes.
Pets are accepted.
Availability of: car and bus park, bookshop, cafè, green area, indoor and outdoor picnic area for schools.
The park and the tower house a museum dedicated to the extraordinary figure of the Earl of St. Robert. The visitor has the opportunity to discover the life and the significance of the Count’s works through his groundbreaking studies (ballistics, artillery, mechanics, hypsometry, thermodynamics) and his interests (botany and entomology).
The Museum tells not only the history of a town and a territory but it is a real journey in more than 150 years of winemaking vocation. Designed by Eugenio Guglielminetti it can be updated and changed over time and is equipped with modern multimedia, including six screens projecting films in multiple languages.
Asti is rich in art, history and tradition, and this space gives the opportunity to learn about its treasures.
Sug@R(T)_house offers many tours on two floors and set itself up to visitors, collectors of sugar bags, school groups and meddlers as a living, evolving space, open to collaborations with other museums and capable of enhancing and producing culture.
In the medieval castle of Cisterna d’Asti the Ethnographic Museum collects more than 6000 objects dating back to 1600-1900 and the rooms, the ancient artisan workshops, farmer houses and studios of traditional crafts and trades, some of which are now completely disappeared, are brought to a new life.
Inaugurated in 2010 this venue takes its name from the old church of San Giovanni; it is the first area of the Diocesan Museum of the Cathedral. In the Spazio San Giovanni precious artworks can be admired, such as the gothic wooden choir of the Cathedral by Baldino da Surso (1477), silverware and paraments, sculptures from the 14th century and gravestones from bishops, as well as the fresco from Gandolfino with the “Madonna della Barca”. The visit leads to the crypt dating back to the 8th century. Of the four capitals the Corinthian ones were from the reconstruction of Asti by Theodoric the Great, the others go back to early middle ages (8th – 9th century).
The Synagogue of Asti presents a simple neoclassic exterior with an entrance framed by four columns which hold a gable bearing a good wish message. Internally there are three naves with traditional arched ceilings. At the end of the presbytery is the Aran or Holy Arc, made of ebony by the famous Bonzanigo in 1809: it is a wall cupboard with eight gold sculptured panels. Each panel has a different symbol. The rooms that were once the winter temple host a museum with the liturgical items and other utensils to testify the Hebrew presence in Asti and the multimedia museum “Una finestra sulla storia”.
It was brought to its present form in the year 1754 by the Count Gabuti di Bistagno, who had bought it the year before and modified the pre-existing medieval structure after a project of Benedetto Alfieri. The front has the typical aspect of a building by Alfieri, with its central main door with the balcony above. The Museum displays memorabilia, paintings, weaponry and coins from the period 1797-1870, donated by families of Asti. From the rooms, equipped with multimedia supports, you go down to the air raid shelter from World War II, where a touching projection retraces the events of that period.
Since 2016 the Museum of the Italian Garibaldi Partisan Division can be visited: priceless memorabilia previously safeguarded in Florence and Rom are on display.
Between 1730 and 1751 renovated by Benedetto Alfieri, the building maintains its sumptuous interiors on the first floor with stuccos, transoms and baroque furnishings. Since 1940 it is home of the city art gallery which among other things contains paintings of the so called Maestro di San Martino Alfieri (15th – 16th cent.), works by Guglielmo Caccia, Giancarlo Aliberti, a considerable section on Genovese Painters of the 17th century with two works of Valerio Castello, the wooden microsculptures of G.M Bonzanigo, as well as a rich collection of Piedmontese artists from the 19th and 20th century (Grosso, Delleani, Pittatore, Cagli, Guttuso and so on). The ground floor hosts temporary exhibitions and educational activities.
The Museum is set up in the beautiful rooms and cellars of the 16th century palace, in the past seat of the Monastery of Jesus, important fossils such as the Balenottera di Valmontasca (fin whale) and the Balena Tersilia (whale) and a rich collection of fossil shells are exhibited.
The museum has a double function, as an archaeological site and a museum. The archaeological site conserves the remains of four churches (from the 8th to the 17th centuries) which were part of the Benedictine Monastery Saint Anastasio and the splendid Romanesque Crypt. The museum hosts the sandstone capitals of the second Romanesque Church of Saint Anastasio (beginning of 12th century). Capitals, shelves, sculptured conical arches (13th-15th Cent.) from the lost Gothic Church of the Maddalena, architectural elements and sculptures of the early and late Medieval periods (including the beautiful frontal of Saint Peter Consavia) corner stones and coats of arms of the family strong houses.
The great tragedian Vittorio Alfieri was born in this house on January 16, 1749. The building came to his family during the 17th century and was “modernized” around 1736 by the architect Benedetto Alfieri (a cousin of Vittorio). Beyond the small atrium there is a trapezoidal, very spectacular courtyard, which opens up to the garden on the left, in which the platan of 1849 stands. The first floor contains the apartments and the birth room of Vittorio Alfieri, who lived in this house only until the age of five years. The building hosts the Foundation “Centro Studi Alfieriani” and the Alfieri Museum.
The tapestry museum was founded by Ugo Scassa in1957 in the renovated rooms of the historical Charterhouse of Valmanera. The laboratory produces tapestries using the ancient technique of the high-warp but the subjects are cartoons of modern contemporary artists (Casorati, De Chirico, Cagli, Klee, Mirò, Kandijnski and others). The combination between a technique which has remained the same over the centuries and that of modern day sensibility creates unique and precious works of art. Many are displayed in prestigious seats and others remain to adorn the gallery of the museum where one can mingle after having observed the patient work of the laboratory workers.
Beneath this inhabited building are the archaeological remains of a patrician house. Of particular interest are the floors with the mosaic centrepiece made using the opustesselatum technique together with the opus sectile method, delimited by a herring bone pattern internally and externally with a plaited pattern. The black and white mosaic is decorated with geometric figures of coloured marble alternated with animals and water plants. Nearby is the opening of the oven used to heat the house using the interspaces in the flooring (known as “hypocaustum” heating). On the surface of one wall, there are traces of ancient decorations which must at one time have been very elaborate.