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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos and immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Asti: – Asti is a city in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, famous for its wines, truffles, and historical monuments. It has a population of about 74,000 people and is located at the confluence of the Tanaro and Borbore rivers. Asti has a long and rich history, dating back to the Roman times, when it was a military colony called Hasta. It became a powerful and independent city-state in the Middle Ages, rivaling Turin and Milan. Asti was also the birthplace of the poet and playwright Vittorio Alfieri, one of the founders of Italian literature. Today, Asti is a vibrant and cultural city, with many attractions to offer to visitors. Some of the highlights include: – The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, a Gothic masterpiece with a stunning facade and interior. – The Collegiate Church of Saint Secundus, a Romanesque church that houses the relics of Asti’s patron saint. – The Palio di Asti, a traditional horse race that takes place every September in the main square. – The wine region of Asti, where you can taste the famous sparkling wines Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti, as well as other red and white varieties. – The truffle fair of Asti, where you can buy and sample the exquisite white truffles that grow in the nearby hills. Asti is a city that combines history, culture, and gastronomy in a unique way. It is a perfect destination for those who love art, nature, and good food.

Piazza Guglielmo Marconi a square which is named after Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian inventor and Nobel laureate who is credited with the development of radio communication. The square has a statue of Marconi and a fountain with a mosaic of his radio waves. The square is also surrounded by various shops, cafes, and restaurantsand the railway station.Piazza Guglielmo Marconi is a place of historical and cultural significance, as well as a lively spot for tourists and locals alike. (Photos 1-5) – Corso Luigi Einaudi is a street in Asti, which is located in the central area of the city, near the Piazza Campo del Palio . The street is named after Luigi Einaudi, who was an economist, journalist, and the second president of Italy from 1948 to 19551. (Photos 6-7-8-9-10) – Corso alla Vittoria is a street in the city of Asti. It is located near the historical center of Asti,runs along the side of the Parco della Resistenza. Along Corso alla Vittoria, you can find various shops, restaurants, bars, and other services. (Photos 11-12-13-14) – Parco della Resistenza is a park in Asti and is also known as the Public Gardens of Asti. It is a historical and cultural site, as it contains a monument dedicated to the partisans who died in the war during the period of the Resistance. The park was designed by L. Mirri in 1816 on a typical illuministic framework and renovated twice during the following century. The park has a variety of trees, flowers, benches, fountains and statues, and it is a popular place for locals and visitors to relax and enjoy nature. (Photo 15) – Via F.lli Rosselli is a street in Asti,. It is located in the centre of the city, runs along the side of the Parco della Resistenza, from Corso alla Vittoria to Corso Galileo Ferraris. In Via F.lli Rosselli you will find Hotel Lis, a family-run hotel that offers a bottle of excellent red wine to all guests upon arrival. It has air conditioning, satellite TV and tea/coffee maker in all rooms. I always stay at this hotel as it is truly excellent. (Photo 16)

Via C. Benso di Cavour is a lively street with shops, eating places and hotels, which connects Piazza Guglielmo Marconi to Piazza San Secondo. You will also find the Chiesa della confraternita della Santissima Trinità e Sant’Evasio.(Photos 15-16-17-18-19-22-23) – The Chiesa della confraternita della Santissima Trinità e Sant’Evasio (Church of the Confraternity of the Holy Trinity and Saint Evasius) is a Catholic church in Asti. It is located on Via C. Benso di Cavour, a street named after a famous Italian statesman. It is a Baroque style church, built in the 18th century on the site of an older medieval church. It is the seat of the confraternity of battuti rossi (red flagellants), the only brotherhood still active in Asti. The confraternity was founded before 1570, and it was responsible for managing the adjacent hospital of Sant’Evasio and a small church outside the city walls called Santa Maria Vergine della Neve (Saint Mary Virgin of the Snow). The confraternity has participated in the Palio of Asti, a traditional horse race that takes place every year on the first Sunday of September, since 1648, winning eight times. – Piazza Statuto is one of the most important squares in the historic center of Asti. It was built on the ruins of the houses of the Guttuari family, a powerful banking and noble family that was expelled from Asti in the early 14th century after years of civil strife. Their palaces were demolished and their place was used for the vegetable market of the city. The only remnant of their presence is the tower, called “dei Guttuari”, which stands on the corner of the square. The square has a rectangular shape and is surrounded by elegant buildings, some dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Piazza Statuto is a lively and charming place, where you can enjoy a walk, a coffee or a meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the square. You can also admire the monuments and artworks that testify to the rich history and culture of Asti. (Photos 24-25-26-27)

Piazza S. Secondo is a historic and elegant square in the center of Asti. It is surrounded by three sides by ancient buildings and embellished on the fourth by the gabled facade of the Collegiate Church of Saint Secundus and that of the town hall. The square is named after Saint Secundus, the patron saint of Asti, who was martyred in the 2nd century AD. His relics are preserved in the Collegiate Church, which is one of the oldest and most important churches in the city. The square is a lively and charming place to visit, especially during the Palio di Asti, a traditional horse race that takes place every September. The race is preceded by a historical parade with costumes and flags representing the different districts of the city. (Photos 28-32-33-34-35-41) – The Collegiate Church of Saint Secundus is a historic and beautiful church in Asti. It is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, who was martyred in the 2nd century AD. The church was built between the 13th and 15th centuries, and has a Romanesque style with Gothic elements. It contains frescoes, paintings, sculptures, and a crypt with archaeological remains1. (Photos 29-30-31) – Piazza Libertà is a square in the city of Asti, in the province of Asti, in the region of Piedmont, in Italy. It is located in the historical center of the city, near the Piazza S. Secondo. The square is surrounded by elegant buildings, some of which date back to the 15th and 16th centuries. The square is also a lively place where many events and festivals take place throughout the year. The monument in Piazza Libertà, is the Monumento all’Unità d’Italia (Monument to the Unity of Italy), which was inaugurated in 1898 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Italian unification. (Photos 36-37)

Piazza Vittorio Alfieri is one of the main squares of Asti. It is named after the famous 18th-century poet and playwright Vittorio Alfieri, who was born in Asti and is considered one of the founders of Italian literature1. The square is located on the edge of the old town and is an example of 19th-century urban-architectural planning. It is lined by porticoed buildings and contains a marble and granite monument to Vittorio Alfieri by Giuseppe Dini. The square also hosts the renowned Palio di Asti, a bareback horse race that dates back to the 13th century and is held every year on the third Sunday of September3. The square is a lively and vibrant place, where you can find a weekly food market, cafes, restaurants, shops, and cultural events. It is a great place to enjoy the atmosphere and history of Asti. (Photos 38-39-40) – Corso Vittorio Alfieri is a street in Asti, Italy, that runs through the historical center of the city. It is named after Vittorio Alfieri, a famous poet and playwright who was born in Asti in 17491. Corso Vittorio Alfieri is one of the main attractions of Asti, as it is lined with many historical and artistic buildings, such as:- Palazzo Alfieri, the birthplace of Vittorio Alfieri, which now houses a museum dedicated to his life and works, – Palazzo Mazzetti, a baroque palace that hosts the Civic Museum of Asti. The museum exhibits paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and other artworks from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. The palace also has a beautiful courtyard and a frescoed hall. – Palazzo Ottolenghi, a 17th-century palace that features a richly decorated facade and a monumental staircase. The palace is used for cultural events and exhibitions. (Photos 43-44-51-52-53-54-71-72)

Piazza Roma is one of the main squares in the historic center of Asti. It is located next to Corso Vittorio Alfieri, the main street of the city. Piazza Roma is home to Palazzo Medici, a neo-Gothic building that includes the Comentina Tower, one of the tallest medieval towers in Piedmont. The palace was built in 1897, where there used to be a convent, a church and a theater dedicated to Vittorio Alfieri, a famous Italian poet and playwright. Piazza Roma is also a place where you can enjoy the local culture and cuisine of Asti. You can find many cafes, restaurants and shops around the square, as well as some historical monuments and artworks. (Photos 45-46-47-48) – Piazza Cattedrale is a square in the center of Asti, a city in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is named after the Asti Cathedral, a magnificent Romanesque-Gothic church that dominates the square. (Photos 57-58-65-66) The cathedral is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and to Saint Gotthard, and it is one of the largest and most beautiful churches in Piedmont.The cathedral has a richly decorated interior, with frescoes, paintings, sculptures and stained glass windows. It also has a remarkable bell tower, which is one of the tallest medieval towers in Piedmont. (Photos 59-60-61-62-63)

Piazza Fratelli Cairoli is a square in the city of Asti. It is located in the historical center of the city, near the Cathedral and the Palazzo di Città. The square is named after the Cairoli brothers, who were patriots and heroes of the Italian Risorgimento. The square has a rectangular shape and is surrounded by elegant buildings, some of which date back to the 18th century. The square is also a popular meeting place for locals and tourists. (Photos 68-69-70) – The Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Caterina (Parish Church of Saint Catherine) is a Baroque church in the city of Asti, in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is located in the west area of the urban center of Asti, near the Corso Alfieri. The church was built between 1732 and 1773, replacing an older Romanesque church that dated back to the 11th century. The church has a distinctive oval-shaped dome that is 22 meters high and 20 meters wide. The facade is decorated with Corinthian columns and pilasters, and the interior is rich in frescoes, paintings and sculptures. The church is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, a Christian martyr who was tortured and beheaded by the Roman emperor Maxentius in the 4th century. The church also preserves the relics of Saint Secundus, the patron saint of Asti, who was also a martyr under the Roman persecution. (Photos 73-74-75-76)

The Palio sbandieratori of Asti is a flag-waving competition that takes place every year in the city of Asti. The Palio sbandieratori was created in 1977 and involves the flag-wavers of the different districts, villages or towns that participate in the Palio di Asti. The flag-wavers perform spectacular shows with their flags, which have the colors and symbols of their respective communities. The competition is judged by a panel of experts who evaluate the skill, elegance and originality of the flag-wavers. The winner receives a prize called the “Paliotto”, which is a piece of cloth with the emblem of the city and the image of the patron saint, San Secondo. (Photos 77 to 104)

Asti Cuisine:- Asti is famous for its wine, food, and culture. Some of the special foods of Asti are:- Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato:- This is a red wine made from a rare grape variety called Ruchè. It has a floral and fruity aroma, with hints of wild berries and spices. It goes well with cheese, game, and local dishes. – Robiola di Roccaverano:- This is a soft cheese made from goat and cow’s milk. It has a creamy texture and a mild flavor, with a slightly acidic aftertaste. It can be eaten fresh or aged for a few weeks. – Bollito misto:- This is a dish of mixed boiled meats, such as beef, veal, chicken, and pork. It is served with various sauces, such as salsa verde (green sauce made with parsley, garlic, capers, and anchovies) and bagnet ross (red sauce made with tomatoes, peppers, and vinegar). – White truffle:- This is a highly prized fungus that grows underground near the roots of certain trees. It has a strong and distinctive aroma and flavor, which can enhance any dish. It is usually shaved over pasta, risotto, eggs, or meat.

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 – Asti Satazione, Piazza Guglielmo Marconi to Hotel Lis, Via F.lli Rosselli
Approximately 0.82 km – 0.51 miles

The walk starts in Piazza Guglielmo Marconi – Corso Luigi Einaudi – Corso Alla Vittoria – Hotel Lis, Via F.lli Rosselli

Photo Gallery of Walk 2 – Via C. Benso di Cavour to Piazza Vittorio Alfieri 
Approximately 0.00 km – 0.00 miles

The walk starts in Via C. Benso di Cavour – Piazzetta S. Paolo – Via C. Benso di Cavour – Piazza Statuto – Piazza S. Secondo – Collegiata di San Secondo, Piazza S. Secondo – Piazza S. Secondo – Piazza Libertà – Piazza Vittorio Alfieri

Photo Gallery of Walk 3  – Piazza S. Secondo to Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Caterina
Approximately 1.22 km – 0.76 miles

The walk starts in Piazza S. Secondo – Via Giuseppe Stefano Incisa – Corso Vittorio Alfieri – Piazza Roma – Giardini Alganon, i – Corso Vittorio Alfieri – Via Luigi Goltieri – Via Borgnini – Piazza Cattedrale – Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Piazza Cattedrale – Piazza Cattedrale – Via Francesco Caracciolo – Piazza Fratelli Cairoli – Corso Vittorio Alfieri – Chiesa Parrocchiale di Santa Caterina, Corso Vittorio Alfieri

Video of the Palio sbandieratori of Asti

Getting ready in Piazza Roma – The Parade along Corso Vittorio Alfieri – The contest in Piazza S. Secondo