Things to see in Asti
Two four-letter towns beginning with an A compete for attention in Southern Piedmont, and both have a lot to offer. Here’s my list of things to see in Asti.
Asti and Alba in Piedmont have a lot in common. The two towns on both sides of the Tanero River share an affinity for white truffles, remarkable red wines (Barbera in Asti vs. Barolo in Alba) and an annual palio race where various neighbourhoods within each city compete for a banner (the palio) placed at the finishing post and awarded to the winner. The palio also highlights the differences between the two towns, for while the palio in Asti is a solemn bareback horse race, Alba’s race is conducted with a slight mockery on donkeys. The similarities and differences underline the fact that even though only 30 kilometres separate the two cities, they do not like to be mixed up. In the following I have accumulated a list of unique things to see in Asti.