Piedmont is one of the regions that in recent times has seen an increase in tourism, especially for the historical and scenic beauty it offers. For those who want to take a tour of the region, one can choose to stay at the Charme Apartments Egodomus which are located in Monferrato in the province of Asti. It is a structure fitted with beautiful antique furniture where each room has been studied in detail to offer comfort surrounded by great charm. Moreover, from the structure it is possible to make an intercultural journey through the beauty of the city of Asti and the lands of the Romanesque churches.
The city of Asti is worth a visit especially for the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta which stands, majestically, among its streets. It features a Gothic style and is the result of three reconstructions that took place over a span of seven hundred years. The material used for its realization are two, namely the terracotta and tuff. The Cathedral has three naves, which are separated by pillars with capitals with the episcopal crest of the French bishop Arnaldo De Rosette.
Also in the city of Asti not to be missed in Corso Alfieri is the Palazzo Mazzetti, in Baroque style, which houses the Museo Civico which includes the archaeological section as well as several paintings, artworks by painters of the Piedmontese school dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Also worth a visit is the Museo Paleontologico Territoriale dell’Astigiano, very suitable for children as there is a museum of cetacean fossils (such as dolphins and whales) but also the prehistoric aquarium, the simulation of excavations and various workshops designed specifically for children.
Itinerary in the lands of the Romanesque Churches
In Albugnano, in the province of Asti, lies the Abbey of Santa Maria di Vezzolano, dating back to the 11th century. It is one of the most famous and important medieval monuments in the area, built in the Gothic-Roman style. Legend has it that it was Charlemagne who founded the Abbey of Vezzolano. During a hunt, three skeletons emerged from a tomb. Since then the emperor began to pray to the Virgin Mary and for this reason he decided to build a church in her name at the place of the apparition. The facade is made of materials such as terracotta and stone, as well as presenting three orders of galleries alternating with columns. It is decorated by statues of the archangels Raphael and Michael, and two seraphims at the top of the facade. The portal is embellished with capitals, jambs decorated with mythical animals and pillars.
The Castello di Costigliole d’Asti, a characteristic castle of medieval origin, is an absolute must. These strong and elegant forms are very reminiscent of the Gothic style for this castle, which features two towers. With the course of time the building has undergone several changes, so as to be able to surprise the observer in an increasing way. Situated in a very strategic and suggestive geographical position, as it is located between the Langhe and the municipality of Monferrato, it offers a breathtaking landscape.