The Monferrato is a region of Piemonte. Is divided between Basso Monferrato, including the district of Alessandria, Monferrato Astigiano included in the district of Asti, and the Alto Monferrato that includes Val Bormida. The area is known worldwide for the production of wine and sparkling wine DOCG.
Among the most important centers of Monferrato we can find the town of Asti, the district capital. It has ancient Roman origin, and developed in the Middle Ages, has a rich architectural heritage of towers, palaces and churches.
The Asti Red Tower, dates back to an ancient Roman door. According to the legend it was the prison of San Secondo, the patron saint of the town. Among the important buildings in the Baroque style you can admire Palazzo Ottolenghi, the Town Hall and Palazzo Mazzetti.
The main Church of Asti is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and San Gottardo. The building is characterized by the Gothic style and its size that makes it one of the largest churches in Piemonte.
Another landmark is Casale Monferrato, in the district of Alessandria. Among the oldest buildings of the town there is the Cathedral of Sant’Evasio, in Lombard Romanesque style, dating back to the eighth century. The cathedral is distinguished by its asymmetrical façade and the two towers. There are two statues at the entrance depicting the Lombard king Liutprando and Teodolinda.
Among the most beautiful buildings in Casale Monferrato we can find the Palazzo Anna d’Alençon in Renaissance style, Palazzo Treville in Baroque style and Palazzo Sannazzaro with medieval origin and remodeled in Baroque style.