Hello, fellow travellers! Today we are going to see why Asti should be your next holiday destination.
First things first, a bit of geography: Asti is located on the Northern part of Italy, in a region known as the Piedmont (you might know this area as the home of FIAT cars, Olivetti typewriters, and Ferrero factories – yes, that’s where they make Nutella). It’s an ancient city, with historical sites and buildings dating back to the Middle Ages, so there’s a lot of sight-seeing to do, but if that’s not really your cup of tea, then why not go for a walk in one of the beautiful national parks? Bottom line is, Asti is a lovely place, and here are some reasons why it must be on your travel destinations list!
1. If you’re flying from anywhere in Europe, you can get a cheap flight
The nearest airport is in Turin, which is only 55km away, and many air companies operate there. For example, you can fly from London for only £17! There are many search engines designed for travellers that will show
you the lowest prices for airfare, so there’s no need to spend more than you need to get there.
2. There are accommodations for all kinds of budgets
In Asti you can certainly find the perfect accommodation for you. All around the city there are respectable establishments ready to make your holidays even better, from hostels, for the younger adventurers who welcome the opportunity to meet new people, to luxurious hotels to pamper you to your heart’s content.
3. The weather is excellent for most of the year
If you’re not into scorching sunshine or freezing cold, that is. Asti is relatively cooler than its cousin town, Turin, with temperatures varying between -2ºC (during winter) and 30ºC (during summer). It tends to rain more often in autumn and spring, and, due to Asti being on a valley, it’s very fog-prone in November and December.
4. It’s a kick-ass historical site
Asti was a very prominent medieval city, and most of its impressive buildings are open for tourists. You can easily take a walking tour and find yourself back in time. There’s the Tower of the Comentini, from the 13th century; the Torre de Regibus, from the same period, which is octogonal; the Santa Maria Nuova church, from the 11th century; and the Sant’Anastasio church, built between the 8th and 12th centuries, also features a museum. In case you want something older, there’s the tower built by Roman Emperor Augustus, Rossa di San Secondo. If you happen to be in Asti in September, do not miss the Palio di Asti; Palios are horse races that take place all over Italy, and whilst the Palio of Siena might be the most famous, the one that’s run in Asti is the oldest one on records.
5. It’s a wine producing province
You don’t have to be a sommelier to enjoy good wine, and the ones that are produced in Asti receive the DOCG certification – for those unfamiliar with it, DOCG stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, or Guaranteed and Controled Designation of Origin; it means that only the wine produced in the region can have the name (same as Champagne, for example). The most famous are a sparkling white wine produced using only white Muscat grapes known simply as Asti and a red called Barbera d’Asti.
Great weather? Check! Great food? Check! Great wine? Check! Great sightseeing? Check! Now, all that’s left to do is to book your tickets, pack your bags, and hop on the next flight to Italy!