The province of Asti is equally charming: the Tanaro river flows through the hilly landscape, where the ancient Roman roads are still the main communication routes.
The town of Asti has numerous towers, stately homes, the gothic cathedral, the collegiate church of San Secondo, the crypt of Sant’Anastasio, while in the surroundings you can admire castles, fortresses, fortified villages, Romanesque churches and the abbey of Vezzolano. Many artistic exhibitions give tourists opportunities to visit the Paleontological, Archaeological and Civic Museum in Asti, to understand the evolution of the area; the exhibition in the Abbey of Vezzolano to get in touch with the Romanesque art. Other museums are dedicated to the recent past: the Museum of Arts and Crafts in Cisterna d’Asti, where you can find reproductions of ancient workshops, the museums dedicated to wine and old tools keep Monferrato’s peasant culture alive.
Vineyards cover most of Monferrato Astigiano’s hills. Here you can find almost every kind of wine: white, red, sweet, dry and sparkling. Not only wines, but also traditional Piedmontese specialities: the “bagna cauda” can be tasted with the square peppers of Motta di Costigliole, the Nizza Monferrato “hunchback” cardoon, the vegetables of the Tanaro Valley. The “agnolotti”, famous stuffed pasta, change their ingredients according to the area. And finally sweets: Moscato wine zabaglione, the Bunet pudding, stuffed peaches, the Polentine, the Palio cakes, the Astigiani and the hand made nougat.