The 10 Best Things to Do in Asti, Italy

August 25, 2017 Russell Mellin

Asti [ˈasti]  listen (help·info) is a city and comune of 76 164 inhabitants (1-1-2017) located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, about 55 kilometres (34 miles) east of Turin in the plain of the Tanaro River. It is the capital of the province of Asti and it is deemed to be the modern capital of Monferrato (Montferrat in English).
Restaurants in Asti

1. Colle Santuario Don Bosco

Via Becchi 36 | Castelnuovo Don Bosco, 14022, Asti, Italy +39 011 987 7111
Excellent
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4.5 based on 183 reviews

Colle Santuario Don Bosco

Reviewed By Gregory H - Torino

Amazing huge modern church, on hilltop 20 kms from Asti, 30 kms from Torino!
Only known to Italians? Don Bosco is Saint, helped children last century, born here, near Torino/Asti.
Cathedral-size church, two levels, both huge: upper for sundays and festivals, lower for every day. Both magnificent, modernist styles. No 'traditional' catholic grandeur or ornate style, very impressive simple style.
Don Bosco born here: very interesting museum of old house and museum of 19th century country life in Italy, well displayed.
No entry charges, contributions voluntary and good shop. Ample free parking.
Great views from church steps across Piedmonte hillside. Even good picnic site!
Very simple, very impressive! Not only for church-goers, a great visit, very tranquil place in typical Italian countryside!

2. Festival delle Sagre di Asti

piazza del Palio, Asti, Italy +39 0141 530357
Excellent
65%
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4.5 based on 243 reviews

Festival delle Sagre di Asti

Reviewed By Travelersez - Seattle, Washington

Mark your calendars for the second Sunday in September. Join the crowds at Asti's sagre. Imagine some 50 or so booths with different delicious Italian food, wine and at incredibly low prices.
I lost track of how many dishes I had either four or five? Following the wise locals, I took items to go (porta via). I watched some hand over these huge containers with their multiple tickets. Wine lovers will be in heaven as you can try different ones at such low prices, you will be hard pressed to decide which booth you will visit. Just plot on your map which booth has which item you want, then pay at the cassa and wait in line for your turn.
This festival is one of my favorites because it is the best of Italy. The food is prepared and served with love, prices are affordable, everyone has a great time. As they explained to me, they are all volunteers so that is how they can keep the prices so low for such wonderful home cooking.
Stay in Torino, take the train which takes 30 - 60 minutes, head straight out of the train station for the large piazza full of happy Italians, grab a guide, plot your course and enjoy!

3. Cattedrale di Asti Santa Maria Assunta

Piazza Cattedrale, Asti, Italy +39 0141 419908
Excellent
56%
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4.5 based on 232 reviews

Cattedrale di Asti Santa Maria Assunta

Reviewed By Patricia G - Worcester, United Kingdom

The interior of Asti's Cathedral is breathtaking. Every inch of every surface is tastefully frescoed,in soft colours which soothe the eye and make the spirits soar. The supporting pillars of this magnificent building rise ever-upwards to the beautifully painted ceilings, and are decorated with delicate trailing plants and leaves so they compliment the grander designs above them. This was definitely one of the most memorable examples of architecture we saw during our visit to Piemonte.

4. Palazzo Mazzetti / Museo e Pinacoteca Civica

Corso Vittorio Alfieri 357, 14100, Asti, Italy +39 0141 530403
Excellent
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4.5 based on 201 reviews

Palazzo Mazzetti / Museo e Pinacoteca Civica

Reviewed By Brun066 - Florence, Italy

The Palazzo Mazzetti is one of the most beautiful (if not the most beautiful) of the palaces of the early modern age in Asti. It witnesses the richness of the former owners, the Mazzetti family. Today it is completely open to the public, and gives an adequate idea of the former lifestyle of a major Asti family, as it is used as the seat of the Civic Art Gallery, after a magnificent restoration that lasted many years. The interest of the exhibits is then enhanced by the interest of the historic environment itself, in which the works are located: it almost looks like a royal palace.
The opening hours are rather large, 9.30am-6.30pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
The museological criteria are very modern and efficient, they keep alive the attention of anyone, even not a specialist in the history of art.
In addition to paintings and sculptures of the Italian school (from the fifteenth century to the present) there is a nice collection of oriental art and crafts, made in the nineteenth century and later presented to the museum.

5. Collegiata di San Secondo

Piazza San Secondo, 14100, Asti, Italy +39 0141 530 0066
Excellent
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4.5 based on 120 reviews

Collegiata di San Secondo

Reviewed By 145Carol - Sydney, Australia

This Romanesque-Gothic church has an austere facade, and its many additions are obvious. The Crypt where San Secondo was martyred and buried is not to be missed. The crypt dates back to the 6th century with its columns and capitals dating from this time and others added. The silver reliquary containing the remains of the saint is quite remarkable. Walking around the nave of this church there is much to be seen, and a guide written in English was a great help.

6. Cripta di Sant'Anastasio e Museo Lapidario

Corso Vittorio Alfieri 365, 14100, Asti, Italy +39 0141 437454
Excellent
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

Cripta di Sant'Anastasio e Museo Lapidario

Reviewed By Paudi Q

These are a small bit over rated I felt! The thought of it was absolutely incredible but there aren't many things there that would leave you jaw dropped! 7/10

7. Battistero di San Pietro

Corso Vittorio Alfieri 2, 14100, Asti, Italy +39 0141 399489
Excellent
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Battistero di San Pietro

Reviewed By Kris B - Alton, United Kingdom

The church and cloisters here are worth visiting - so simple and show the way the church was in its early form. When we went the museum - archeological was closed - we were informed by the very kind carabinieri on guard that it was closed because they could not get insurance. Not sure what that meant but it was a great shame it was not open.

8. Torre Troyana

Piazza Medici, 14100, Asti, Italy +39 0141 399489
Excellent
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4 based on 107 reviews

Torre Troyana

Reviewed By dekomo - Moscow, Russia

Nice views but every smallest hole is sealed by with a dense grid. You could make some pictures with your phone or compact camera but not with reflex camera. Considering the price I'd say it doesn't worth the money.

9. Pasticceria Giordanino

Corso Vittorio Alfieri 254 | Area pedonale, 14100, Asti, Italy +39 0141 593802
Excellent
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Pasticceria Giordanino

Pasticceria storica risalente al 1912,inserita tra i locali storici d'Italia e protetta dai beni culturali per l'arredamento liberty originale. Produzione di specialità tipiche e pasticceria fresca,lavorazione artigianale del cioccolato,assortimento di fine pralineria. Piccolo angolo bar senza posti a sedere. Martedì -domenica 8.30-13.00 15.30-19.30

Reviewed By Cynthia U - Dallas, Texas

the pastries looked marvelous and tasted even better. this is classic Italian with cafe and beverages as well. if you cant decide ask for recommendations it is all excellent.

10. Museo Paleontologico Territoriale dell'Astigiano

Corso Vittorio Alfieri 381 | Palazzo del Michelerio, 14100, Asti, Italy +39 0141 592091
Excellent
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4 based on 51 reviews

Museo Paleontologico Territoriale dell'Astigiano

Reviewed By pratomorone - tigliole, Italy

This week, it was the Musel Paleontologico (or museum of fossils) in Asti. While there is not a large collection, it is very informative. This area used to be a part of the Adriatic Sea so there is a very nice collection of fossils in the collection. The day we were there, there was also a photo exhibition of underwater animals. Recommended!

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