Montechiaro d'Asti is a town and comune in the Province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 35 kilometres east of Turin and about 13 kilometres northwest of Asti. Montechiaro d'Asti borders the following municipalities: Camerano Casasco, Chiusano d'Asti, Cossombrato, Montiglio Monferrato and Villa San Secondo. Montechiaro is home to a notable example of Romanesque architecture in the Lower Montferrat, the church of St. Nazarius and Celsus. Giovanni Pastrone known as Piero Fosco, pioneer of Italian film. Finale Ligure, Italy Tourism websites
Buttigliera d'Asti is a comune in the Province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 20 kilometres southeast of Turin and about 25 kilometres northwest of Asti. Official website
Castel Rocchero is a comune in the Province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 70 kilometres southeast of Turin and about 25 kilometres southeast of Asti. Castel Rocchero borders the following municipalities: Acqui Terme, Alice Bel Colle, Castel Boglione, Castelletto Molina and Montabone. Official website
Castagnole delle Lanze
Castagnole delle Lanze is a comune in the Province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 50 kilometres southeast of Turin and about 15 kilometres south of Asti. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 3,711 and an area of 21.4 square kilometres. The municipality of Castagnole delle Lanze contains the frazioni Annunziata, Farinere, Rivella, San Bartolomeo, San Grato, San Defendente, San Rocco, San Pietro, Santa Maria, Valle Tanaro, Val Bera. Castagnole delle Lanze borders the following municipalities: Castiglione Tinella, Costigliole d'Asti, Magliano Alfieri, Neive. Castagnole delle Lanze is twinned with: Brackenheim, Germany Charnay-lès-Mâcon, France Zbrosławice, Poland Tarnalelesz, Hungary www.comune.castagnoledellelanze.at.it
Canelli is a comune of 10,459 inhabitants in the Province of Asti in the Italian region of Piedmont. Canelli is located on a bend of the river Belbo in the Alto Monferrato, close to the border with the Langhe; the area around the town is rich in vineyards. The area is believed to be the birthplace of the Italian sparkling wine Asti; the village's history of the wine is still evident today with the popular synonym of Muscat Canelli, still used for the Moscato grape used to produce the wine. The neighbouring comuni are Bubbio, Calosso, Loazzolo and San Marzano Oliveto in the province of Asti, Santo Stefano Belbo in the province of Cuneo. On 22 June 2014, Canelli along with Asti Spumante was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the territory of Canelli was occupied in prehistoric times by settlers from Liguria. In Roman times it became a center of some importance, surrounded by numerous farms on which vines were cultivated. After the Roman era Canelli fell into a long decline, but was being called a citta by the year 961.
By the middle of the 12th century, the descendants of the Counts of Acqui Terme had taken control. In 1235 Canelli became an equal partner in the Republic of Canelli, it became an outpost in the republic's frequent wars against its great rival, the Duchy of Monferrato. In 1613 Canelli broke the siege laid by Carlo I the Duke of Mantua, as part of a war of succession with the Duchy of Monferrato; the town's defenses were manned by soldiers from the Duchy of Savoy supported by the citizens: Carlo's troops were unable to break through them. This heroic action is celebrated in a re-enactment that takes place every year in the third weekend in June - the Assedio di Canelli. On the night of 5 November 1994 the town was badly hit by a violent flood of the river Belbo that affected a large part of the town, devastating the local economy and causing some casualties. Canelli Castle was built in the 11th century to defend the roads leading to the ports of Savona and Vado Ligure; the castle was destroyed in 1617 during the war against Monferrato.
Rebuilt and renovated in 1930 by Arturo Midana as an elegant villa, it is owned by the Gancia family. Some sparkling white wines in Canelli are stored in its underground cellars. In these'underground cathedrals', which are feats of engineering, millions of bottles are left to ferment at a constant temperature between 12 and 14 °C. Extending 13 kilometres under the town, the cellars of Canelli are a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage Site status; the economy of Canelli is based on the production of sparkling wine, of everything associated with it. The town is undoubtedly one of the wine capitals of the world, being home to such historic wineries as Gancia, Contratto and many others; the main varieties cultivated in the municipality are: Moscato Barbera Dolcetto Cortese ChardonnayThe main wines produced are: Asti Moscato d'Asti Barbera d'Asti Dolcetto d'Asti Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato Freisa d'AstiThe significant number of wineries has given rise to many companies that produce wine-making equipment.
The flood of 1994 was a disaster for the local economy: the mud and water that rushed into the cellars caused millions of Euros of fermenting wine to be lost. The economic diversification into wine-making equipment softened the blow. Assedio di Canelli. See this Youtube video Citta del Vino. Fiera di San Martino. Fiera Regionale del Tartufo. Canelli is one of the comuni. In 1974 it triumphed with the rider Mauro Finotto on the horse Anin / Spumantino. Canelli has two market days every week, on Friday. Giovanni Carlo Aliberti, painter Canelli is twinned with: Menfi, Italy Piazza Armerina, Italy Mezőtúr, Hungary Official website
Albugnano is a comune in the Province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 20 kilometres east of Turin and about 25 kilometres northwest of Asti. Albugnano borders the following municipalities: Aramengo, Berzano di San Pietro, Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Moncucco Torinese, Passerano Marmorito, Pino d'Asti. Parish church of San Giacomo Maggiore, with a 19th-century façade. Church of St. Peter Tower belvedere, named after a medieval watch tower destroyed in 1401; the Vezzolano Abbey is located nearby
Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy. It is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Turin and of the Piedmont region, was the first capital city of Italy from 1861 to 1865; the city is located on the western bank of the Po River, in front of Susa Valley, is surrounded by the western Alpine arch and Superga Hill. The population of the city proper is 878,074 while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 1.7 million inhabitants. The Turin metropolitan area is estimated by the OECD to have a population of 2.2 million. The city has a rich culture and history, being known for its numerous art galleries, churches, opera houses, parks, theatres, libraries and other venues. Turin is well known for its Renaissance, Rococo, Neo-classical, Art Nouveau architecture. Many of Turin's public squares, castles and elegant palazzi such as the Palazzo Madama, were built between the 16th and 18th centuries. A part of the historical center of Turin was inscribed in the World Heritage List under the name Residences of the Royal House of Savoy.
The city used to be a major European political center. From 1563, it was the capital of the Duchy of Savoy of the Kingdom of Sardinia ruled by the Royal House of Savoy, the first capital of the unified Italy from 1861 to 1865. Turin is sometimes called "the cradle of Italian liberty" for having been the birthplace and home of notable individuals who contributed to the Risorgimento, such as Cavour; the city hosts some of Italy's best universities, academies and gymnasia, such as the University of Turin, founded in the 15th century, the Turin Polytechnic. In addition, the city is home to museums such as the Mole Antonelliana. Turin's attractions make it one of the world's top 250 tourist destinations and the tenth most visited city in Italy in 2008. Though much of its political significance and importance had been lost by World War II, Turin became a major European crossroad for industry and trade, is part of the famous "industrial triangle" along with Milan and Genoa. Turin is ranked third after Milan and Rome, for economic strength.
With a GDP of $58 billion, Turin is the world's 78th richest city by purchasing power. As of 2018, the city has been ranked by GaWC as a Gamma World city. Turin is home to much of the Italian automotive industry. Turin is well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the football teams Juventus F. C. and Torino F. C. the headquarters of automobile manufacturers Fiat and Alfa Romeo, as host of the 2006 Winter Olympics. The Taurini were an ancient Celto-Ligurian Alpine people, who occupied the upper valley of the Po River, in the center of modern Piedmont. In 218 BC, they were attacked by Hannibal as he was allied with their long-standing enemies, the Insubres; the Taurini chief town was captured by Hannibal's forces after a three-day siege. As a people they are mentioned in history, it is believed that a Roman colony was established in 9 BC under the name of Julia Augusta Taurinorum. Both Livy and Strabo mention the Taurini's country as including one of the passes of the Alps, which points to a wider use of the name in earlier times.
In the 1st century BC, the Romans founded Augusta Taurinorum. The typical Roman street grid can still be seen in the modern city in the neighborhood known as the Quadrilatero Romano. Via Garibaldi traces the exact path of the Roman city's decumanus which began at the Porta Decumani incorporated into the Castello or Palazzo Madama; the Porta Palatina, on the north side of the current city centre, is still preserved in a park near the Cathedral. Remains of the Roman-period theater are preserved in the area of the Manica Nuova. Turin reached about 5,000 inhabitants at all living inside the high city walls. After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the town was conquered by the Heruli and the Ostrogoths, recaptured by the Romans, but conquered again by the Lombards and the Franks of Charlemagne; the Contea di Torino was founded in the 940s and was held by the Arduinic dynasty until 1050. After the marriage of Adelaide of Susa with Humbert Biancamano's son Otto, the family of the Counts of Savoy gained control.
While the title of count was held by the Bishop as count of Turin it was ruled as a prince-bishopric by the Bishops. In 1230–1235 it was a lordship under the Marquess of Montferrat, styled Lord of Turin. At the end of the 13th century, when it was annexed to the Duchy of Savoy, the city had 20,000 inhabitants. Many of the gardens and palaces were built in the 15th century; the University of Turin was founded during this period. Emmanuel Philibert known under the nickname of Iron Head, made Turin the capital of the Duchy of Savoy in 1563. Piazza Reale and Via Nuova were added along with the first enlargement of the walls, in the first half of the 17th century. In the second half of that century, a second enlargement of the walls was planned and executed, with the building of the arcaded Via Po, connecting Piazza Castello with the bridge on the Po through the regular street grid. In 1706, during the Battle of Turin, the French besieged the city for 117 days without conquering it. By the Treaty of Utrecht the Duke of Savoy acquir