Aramengo

Everyone in Aramengo: from ancient land of confinement to homeland of relaxation.


Landscape.

Aramengo rises in a hilly zone, north of the province of Asti, in an area bordering the slopes of the Turin region.

The inhabited center is 365 meters high on the crest of a fascinating natural amphitheater; the town covers an area of 1140 hectares populated by almost 600 inhabitants.

The village is about thirty kilometers from Asti, the provincial capital, fifty from Turin and as many from Casale Monferrato.


History.

In Roman times the village was of strategic importance for the control of the road that connected Asti to the Po valley.

The historical events of Aramengo, however, are closely linked to the feudal family of the Radicati, which boasted large estates in neighboring municipalities.

Aramengo then passed under the dominion of the counts of Cocconato, then it was divided between the Marquis of Monferrato, the dukes of Savoy and other feudal lords.


Administration.


Food and wine and typical products.

The town is renowned for the breeding of Piedmontese cattle.

Aramengo brings delicious meats and truffles to the table, accompanied by the Freisa and Barbera wines.


To be seen.

At the foot of the fortress where once stood the castle, demolished to make way for the baroque parish church of Saint Antonio Abate, built between 1770 and 1791, the town has developed.

Of particular architectural interest also the Church of Madonna della Neve, in the hamlet of Marmorito Santa Maria, built in 1839 and parish until 1986, the Romanesque Church of Saint Giorgio, located on a small hill dominating the houses of the ancient Masio village, lastly, the Sanctuary of Saint Maria di Gonengo, built in the seventeenth century on the remains of an ancient church.


Curiosity.

The popularity of Aramengo has spread throughout Italy for a singular expression still in vogue today: "Andare a ramengo" (Go to ramengo), ie bankrupt.

The reasons date back to the High Middle Ages when in the territory of Aramengo, then capital of a duchy of Longobard origin, the authors of bankruptcy and crimes related to heritage were confined.

Today, going to Aramengo is instead synonymous of a holiday far from the stress of the city, immersed in the quiet hills of Monferrato with all the services of the big cities just half an hour away by car: then... everyone in Aramengo!


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