THE SACRED MOUNTAIN
Ancient place of worship perched on one of the highest hills of Monferrato, it houses a Marian sanctuary of which traces are documented since the millennium. The church, restructured over the centuries, and the devotional path between the seventeenth-century chapels inside the Natural Reserve make it a very suggestive and panoramic place. The Sacro Monte was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003.
THE ANCIENT CAPITAL OF MONFERRATO
It is located about 15 kilometres from Solonghello, being its urban centre of reference. Ancient capital of the Marquisate of Monferrato, it has been the subject of an important Renaissance urban enlargement that gave it a rich heritage of churches and palaces. To these are added the castle built in the fourteenth century and the Synagogue, erected in 1595, a splendid example of Piedmontese Baroque and considered one of the most beautiful in Europe.
THE CITY OF 100 TOWERS
Known for its wines and cuisine, it should also be explored for the architectural beauty of the medieval old town, for the cathedral, the collegiate church of San Secondo, the complex of San Pietro in Consavia, other than the noble palaces in Art Nouveau style. Special mention for the popular Palio and the Festival delle Sagre on Asti’s Septembers.
THE MIDDLE AGES IN PIEDMONT
Visitors arriving to Piedmont have the feeling of living the past of the region aboard a time machine, running through streets and villages with traces of a bygone era, the Middle Ages.In the Middle Ages, cities’ development led to the birth of a new monumentality, expressed mainly through the construction of religious buildings, such as monasteries, cathedrals, abbeys, and the creation of devotional paths, such as the Via Francigena.
THE FAIRS ON THE HILL
Moncalvo is a small gem of about 3,000 people in the Asti province, at the border with the province of Alessandria. The Truffle Fair is one of the most important fairs in Piedmont that offers exhibitions, tastings of typical products, the award ceremony of the best truffle of the year, showrooms and side events. During the festival, under the arcades of Piazza Carlo Alberto, you can visit the truffle market,local products and local crafts stands or have food and wine tastings. The fair of Bue Grasso (Fat Ox) is one of the most important livestock exhibitions in Italy. From the “calf by the humped thigh” (the “fassoni”), to the steers, up to the fat ox, the reknown “white giants” of over a ton, we celebrate the excellence of the Piedmontese Bovine Breed.
I tesori sotterranei del Monferrato
In a land where wine blends with traditions and culture, wineries represent a distinctive feature. Here the “infernot” are a precious heritage of the Monferrato tradition: local quarries dug in sandstone with the function of storing and protecting the finest wine in an environment without light and at a constant temperature that are proudly displayed.
THE CRADLE OF THE RENAISSANCE
The regal Turin has transformed for some years from an industrial centre into one of the most important Italian cultural spots; together with the historic Egyptian Museum and the Savoy residences have been added other attractions, such as the prestigious Cinema Museum, inside the Mole Antonelliana, or the very active exhibition venue of the Lingotto.
AN IMMERSION INTO NATURE
The lake is synonymous with tranquility and relaxation, but also, in the case of larger and more equipped ones, with lunches or dinners with views and water sports like fishing, wakeboarding or sailing. So let’s take a trip among Piedmont’s lakes. In just over an hour you can reach the shores of Lake Maggiore, with its beautiful villas, or those of the small and enchanting Lake Orta.
THE GREAT BEAUTY
Mountain resorts of great beauty and perfectly equipped for winter sports are just a few hours away. In the Piedmontese mountains is located the oldest Italian national park: the Gran Paradiso. Here, among the highest peaks of the Alps, there are unspoilt landscapes, with lakes, woods and high altitude meadows, in addition to the Paradisia, the beautiful botanical garden of mountain flora.
BEACHES AND VILLAGES
The Ligurian coast is also easily accessible from Solonghello. From Genoa, a port rich in charm and culture, you can proceed along the Riviera di Ponente, which reaches the French border, or that of Levante, coming across famous places like Portofino and Camogli. This coastline also contains a suggestive protected area: it’s the Cinque Terre National Park.