In the “mystique” quiet of San Marzano Oliveto, among the aromas of apples and the castle of the Asinari.
San Marzano Oliveto is located in a panoramic position in southern Astigiano.
It covers an area of 9.68 km² and has a population of about 1000 inhabitants.
It is about 24 km from Asti, the provincial capital.
The primitive village of San Marzano Oliveto was probably founded by the Ligurians.
The first historical evidence, however, dates back to the Roman era.
San Marzano shared long stretches of history with Canelli, in particular in the bloody struggle between Asti, Alessandria, and the Marquis of Monferrato.
The town, from the mid-fourteenth century, was under the dominion of the Asinari.
Food and wine and typical products.
The production of apples and wine (in particular Barbera) is important.
To be seen.
The Castle of Asinari is supposed to have been built by the Romans. It is now privately owned and used to host events and weddings.
Also, noteworthy are the parish church dedicated to Saint Marziano and the former church-oratory of Saints Pietro e Paolo.
In San Marzano there are also four country churches of historical and artistic interest: Saint Antonio (in Regione Italiana), Saint Rocco (in Chierina region), Nostra Signora Annunziata (in Regione Corte), and Santa Libera (in Regione Marziano).
For outdoor lovers, there is a colorful ciabot in the vineyards (the ciabots are small buildings that were once used as a shelter and garrison in the vineyard).
The suffix “Oliveto” was added to the original toponym “San Marzano” in 1862.
It is supposed, in fact, that in past ages the olive tree flourished here.
Information synthesis and/or re-elaboration was taken from the website of the Municipality of San Marzano Oliveto
Cover image source: Provincia di Asti