Grana: from the parish churchyard the Monferrato in a glance.
The toponym of Grana derives from the homonymous torrent, which flows into several branches from the slopes of the hills of Grazzano and Moncalvo; the town rises between rolling hills of clayey and gently undulating nature, covered by lush vineyards.
Grana covers an area of 5.89 km² and has a population of about 600 inhabitants.
The town is just 19 kilometers from Asti, the provincial capital.
In Roman times, the region was part of Gallia Cisalpina.
The Italian scholars indicate in the pre-Roman voice Krana the origin of the name and its torrent, with value of crevasse, fissure, deep and recessed valley.
The village was part of the possessions of the Marquisate of Monferrato and later a fief of the lords of Calliano and the Marquises of Occimiano.
In the fifteenth century after the occupation by Francesco Sforza passed under the dominion of the Gonzaga of Mantua and finally, in the middle of the seventeenth century, it was a fief of the Del Carretto family.
Food and wine and typical products.
You can not say that you were in Grana if you did not taste the typical dish, made of donkey stew, and the oubià, a thin, sweet and crunchy waffle in the shape of a disc.
Characteristic of the territory are also the donkey agnolotti, the Piedmontese mixed fry and salami, all to be enjoyed during the Wine and Food Weekends organized by the local Pro Loco.
Grana is also a land of excellent wines, including: Barbera, Ruchè and Grignolino, the latter protagonist of the event “Che Grana... Il Grignolino!” In the month of July.
To be seen.
Once in Grana, the majestic size of the parish church of Saint Maria Assunta conquers the eye thanks to its slender bell tower.
The church was erected between 1771 and 1776, with baroque forms; from its churchyard it is possible to enjoy a fascinating view of the rolling hills of Monferrato.
Inside the church the Hall of the Reliquaries (Sala dei Reliquari) has been set up, where sacred remains of different epochs are conversed, and the Museum of Furniture and Sacred Art (Museo di Arredi ed Arte Sacra) displaying artifacts from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Of particular interest also the Church of Santissima Annunziata: built before 1600, today it is often used to host cultural events. Inside, the Annunciation of Mary by Guglielmo Caccia called "Il Moncalvo".
The Church of Saint Rocco, built in the sixteenth century, was used as a hospital for infectious during the plague that struck northern Italy between 1629 and 1631, spread by the Lanzichenecchi who arrived from Germany in the pay of the Spaniards for siege of Casale.