Along the avenue of the lime trees, between the sources of sulfurous waters and the Romanesque churches: Montafia, love at first sight.
Montafia it rises in the north-west area of Asti.
The town covers an area of 14.50 km² and has a population of about 930 inhabitants.
It is about 25 km from Asti, the provincial capital.
Montafia and Bagnasco, before merging into a single municipality, had separate historical events.
The first date to report is 1268 when the territory passed from the town of Asti to the bishopric of Turin.
The fiefdom passed from hand, in 1577, from Emanuele Filiberto to the bishop of Cervia and then again to Prince Michele Imperiali who, on the site that once housed the castle, built his own country house.
Food and wine and typical products.
Freisa d’Asti, Barbera d’Asti, Barbera del Monferrato are the main wines produced in the area.
The typical recipe, proposed on occasions of events by the local Pro Loco, is the Gran Bollito Misto.
It should also be noted that Picolandia, the association that brings together the truffle hunters of the area, has its headquarters in Montafia.
To be seen.
An elegant tree-lined of lime trees welcomes visitors to Montafia.
Just before the curve that introduces the avenue, we find the famous fountain of the sulfur source.
Montafia had a castle, described as one of the most massive in the province of Asti.
The only traces of the manor, which has now disappeared, are the imposing bastions that characterize the town center.
To see the parish church of Saint Dionigi, the Church of Saint Rocco and the Church of Saint Martino.
Worthy of note, in Piazza Camillo Riccio, is also the graceful Art Nouveau building which now houses a pharmacy.
Moving to the Bagnasco hamlet, the ruins of a medieval fortress, the parish church dedicated to Saint Biagio and the one dedicated to San Giorgio are still visible.
The Montafia tree-lined of lime trees was planted in 1926 by the students of the town to pay homage to the fallen of the First World War.
Information synthesis and/or re-elaboration was taken from the website of the Municipality of Montafia
Cover image source: Provincia di Asti