The province of Asti, golden bunch of Piedmont.
The province of Asti covers an area of 1510.19 km² and has a population of about 215,000 inhabitants.
Its shape is reminiscent of a bunch of grapes that highlights the most important cultivation of the territory, mainly hilly, distributed in five agricultural regions: Hills of High Monferrato Astigiano, Middle Monferrato Astigiano, Hills of Belbo and Tiglione, Hills of Lower Bormida of Millesimo and Spigno, the plain of the Tanaro Astigiano.
Established in 1935, it has 118 municipalities enclosed between the provinces of Turin, Cuneo, Alessandria and Savona.
Food and wine and typical products.
Economic activities are represented by around 27000 companies.
35% of companies are concentrated in agriculture, 24% in the manufacturing sector, 20% in trade and the rest in services.
The cultivation of the vine occupies 18% of the total cultivated agricultural area.
For the production of wine grapes, the province of Asti is the first in Piedmont, with 40% of the total.
The wines produced in the province of Asti are of high quality and bear the acknowledgments doc and docg.
Connected to agricultural production is the food industry, in particular canning, wine, sparkling wine and grappa.
The transformation and processing of food and wine products has allowed the development of a significant proportion of products: machines and tools for the wine industry, glassworks, paper factories, cork factories.
Automotive and electromechanical industry is active in the industrial sector; there are also steel and metalworking companies of medium-small size.
Construction sector is very interesting with around 3800 activities representing approximately 14% of the total number of companies located in the province of Asti.
Artisan manufacturing sector, with 1900 production units, represents about 28% of the total.
Commercial sector is also very active, with a well-branched distribution network, the growing hotel sector and catering.
To be seen.
The province of Asti offers itself to a careful and demanding tourism, ready to fall in love with a more discreet Piedmont compared to the traditionally known destinations, but no less fascinating.
It has authentic delights for the palate, a top-level cellar, a territory that is still intact and a rich series of traditional events.
Do you think that by visiting the Astigiano you will meet a castle every seven kilometers, enchanting villages with towers, churches and medieval parishes.
Asti, the capital, with its historic center among the best preserved in Piedmont, has evocative squares, arcades, shops, historic buildings, the Cathedral and the Collegiate Church of Saint Secondo.
Every year about 160 million bottles of wine are produced, almost totally with a designation of origin: the quantity and quality of the production make the Astigiano unique, which qualifies as the largest vineyard in Piedmont.
In this land viticulture is prior to the Roman conquest: the Asti, Moscato d'Asti and Brachetto d'Acqui wines are produced with a controlled and guaranteed denomination of origin, as well as numerous other wines with a registered designation of origin, including famous Barbera d'Asti and Barbera del Monferrato.
There is a large vegetable garden that extends into the valleys and a rich orchard on the hills.
The specialties include, among the vegetables, the Nizza Monferrato Hunchback Cardoon (Cardo Gobbo di Nizza Monferrato), the “squared” pepper of Asti, the asparagus of Vinchio, the “Divina” apple of San Marzano Oliveto, the “Mora” cherry of Revigliasco d'Asti, Refrancore peaches.
Asti is one of the Italian provinces with the highest concentration of quality restaurants, serving unforgettable dishes, often prepared from precious and unique local products - like Robiola di Roccaverano, fine goat's milk cheese with protected designation of origin, the classics cold cuts of Asti region, the Piedmontese beef, the Mombaruzzo amaretti, the “paste di meliga”, the fruit in alcohol, the “round and kind” hazelnut of Piedmont (Nocciola Tonda Gentile del Piemonte), the quality vegetables, the good bread, the breadsticks, without forgetting of course the precious white truffle.
Alongside historic hotels and new top-level buildings in the Asti area, a tourist offer is being developed that is diversifying and orienting towards quality hospitality in small family-run facilities, to welcome the visitor who wants to stay overnight.
Along the “Wine Roads (Strade del Vino)” farms and private homes open to visitors with agritourisms and bed & breakfasts, in a collective effort to improve the tourist offer of the area.
In the province are remembered the most important events of its history, transformed into moments of celebration and tradition.
Historical re-enactments like the Palio di Asti, in September, bring all the participants back in time for many centuries, while the Asti's Festival of Festivals (Festival delle Sagre di Asti), the second weekend of September, revives the rural culture, with three thousand people parading in costumes vintage, tools, and machinery of the past, typical products, and gastronomic specialties.
Not to mention that in every period of the year there is an event, a fair, a festival, a market to visit and a restaurant to discover.
On the site now occupied by the palace of the Provincia di Asti, the Prefecture and the former Department of Finance (formerly Casa del Fascio), once stood the Alla.
The impressive foro boario, built in 1840, was used as a multipurpose space for markets, fairs, and exhibitions.
With the coming of fascism, in 1938, the semicircular part of the building was demolished to make way for the Casa Littoria.
The building was completely demolished in 1939.