Panoramic view of Asti
Location of Asti within its province.
The cathedral of Asti.
View of Asti and the Collegiata di San Secondo – Antonio Bignoli 1857.
Piazza Roma.
Palio di Asti.
A Moscato d'Asti.
Vittorio Alfieri

Comune of 74,348 inhabitants (1-1-2021) located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, about 55 km east of Turin in the plain of the Tanaro River.

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Part of the region of Piedmont in northern Italy.

Coat of Arms of Montferrat.
Mosaic of the 10th century lying on the grave of Aleramo, in the Abbey of Grazzano Badoglio.
Belforte Monferrato
Castle of Gabiano Monferrato.
Snowy vineyards in Casalese area.
Bricco Lu: the highest point in Costigliole d'Asti area
A landscape in Montferrat: view from San Marzano Oliveto, Astesan Montferrat, towards Monviso.
Agnolotti, one of Montferrat's typical dishes
White truffle washed and corner cut to show the interior.
Moscato d'Asti.
Altarpiece by Andrea Pozzo.
Chapel of Guazzolo (Castelletto Merli, Alessandria), an example of Piedmontese Baroque by Magnocavallo.
Paradise Chapel at the Sacro Monte di Crea.
Flag of Montferrat

The marine deposits of this period are visible in the area of Asti.


276 km long river in northwestern Italy.

1994 floods in Asti

The Tanaro flows through the towns of Ormea, Garessio, Ceva, Alba, Asti, and Alessandria before flowing into Po river near Bassignana in the Province of Alessandria.


Region in northwest Italy, one of the 20 regions of the country.

A Montferrat landscape, with the distant Alps in the background.
The Kingdom of Sardinia in 1856.
Maserati Levante
The campus of the Polytechnic University of Turin.
Rice fields between Novara and Vercelli.
Provinces of Piedmont.
The Juventus Stadium in Turin is the home of Juventus F.C., throughout the years the most successful Serie A club.
The Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi, in Nichelino, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sacra di San Michele, a symbol of Piedmont
Excavator New Holland E 215B
Telescopic Handler Merlo Roto
Robot Comau Aura
High-speed train Alstom AGV
Eurofighter Typhoon
Alenia C27J Spartan
Vega C
Bulgari factory in Valenza
Cartier: Bismarck sapphire necklace
Cartier: Mackay emerald and diamond necklac
Vermouth Martini
Chocolate Gianduiotto
White Truffles from Alba
Risotto ai funghi porcini

Other areas remained independent, such as the powerful comuni (municipalities) of Asti and Alessandria and the marquisates of Saluzzo and Montferrat.

Province of Asti

Province in the Piedmont region of northern Italy.

A Moscato d'Asti.
Map of the province of Asti

Its capital is the city of Asti.


City and comune in Piedmont, Italy, and the capital of the Province of Alessandria.

Alessandria entered into jealous conflicts with the older communes of the region, in particular with Asti.

Colonia (Roman)

Originally a Roman outpost established in conquered territory to secure it.

Map showing the "Roman coloniae" in the second century, after Trajan.

BC 123–118 Hasta, Dertona (Liguria)


City and comune in Piedmont, Northern Italy, the capital of the province of Cuneo, the fourth largest of Italy’s provinces by area.

19th-century image of Cuneo
Piazza Galimberti, the city's main square

Cuneo was founded in 1198 by the local population, who declared it an independent commune, freeing themselves from the authority of the bishops of Asti and the marquisses of Montferrat and Saluzzo.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Asti

Asti Cathedral
View of Asti and the Collegiata di San Secondo – Antonio Bignoli 1857.

The Diocese of Asti (Dioecesis Astensis) is a Roman Catholic ecclesiastical territory in Piedmont, northern Italy, centered in the city of Asti.


Town and comune in the Metropolitan City of Turin, Piedmont (Italy), located about 11 km southeast of Turin, 15 km by rail and 13 km by road.

Baptistry of the Duomo of Chieri, built upon the remains of part of the Roman temple to Minerva
San Giorgio church, built atop the original settlement of Chieri

In the political fragmentation which followed, the Piedmontese lands east of Turin were divided into the counties of Saluzzo, Biandrate and the March of Montferrat, which eventually allowed the cities of Chieri and Asti to flourish economically and declare independence from their respective liege bishops as free cities, supported by the House of Savoy who were interested in diminishing the power of the local feudal lords.

Charles I of Anjou

Member of the royal Capetian dynasty and the founder of the second House of Anjou.

Charles is installed as King of Sicily in Rome (1265).
The crusaders' defeat in the Battle of Al Mansurah, forcing them to abandon the invasion of Egypt. During the withdrawal, the Egyptians captured Charles and his two brothers, Louis IX of France and Alphonse of Poitiers.
Salt crystals in a puddle in Camargue. Salt pans at the delta of the Rhone significantly increased Charles's revenues in Provence.
Battle of Benevento: Charles defeats his opponent, Manfred, King of Sicily (1266).
Charles's sixteen-year-old enemy, Conradin, is executed in Naples (1268).
Charles's empire in the early 1270s
The popes' palace in Viterbo
Charles's Sicilian seal (from the Cabinet des Médailles in Paris)
Charles's death
Charles and his first wife, Beatrice of Provence
Charles as count of Provence (statue by Louis-Joseph Daumas in Hyères)

The burghers of Cuneo—a town strategically located on the routes from Provence to Lombardy—sought Charles's protection against Asti in July 1259.