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    asti sbandieratori palio

    Asti: the flag wavers at the Palio

    Asti is located on the left bank of the Tanaro river and through the towers, churches and palaces recounts his long history. Founded as a Roman city which was the seat of a Lombard duchy in medieval times, a free city with a license to coin money and important trading center between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The old part of the city, to the west of the plaza dedicated to the poet Vittorio Alfieri, is called the “Fence of the Nobles” while the fence “Borghigiani” is called the part of the town where you will find the oldest monument, the Romanesque Baptistery of  San Pietro . After the fall of the Roman empire, Asti was the first Lombard duchy, then Free County.

    When in the tenth century there was a removal of the sphere of action of the emperors in Italian affairs, increased the influence of the bishop. It was in fact the Bishop Oddone  III who in 1095 gave birth to the free Common of Asti in the two centuries that followed, thanks to the mercantile vocation of its citizens and to its strategic location, it was stated as one of the richest and most powerful towns in northern Italy, beating currency entertaining and trade relations with every part of Europe, so that the most important merchant families had astigiane pawn shops in Germany, Flanders, the Netherlands.

    Today Asti is a city of about 75,000 inhabitants with a large and well-preserved historic center where you can discover towers, baroque churches, and an amazing Gothic cathedral. A city where the medieval times back to life each year with its Palio, the oldest in Italy, and in which the excellence of Piedmont joins the simplicity of the rural traditions of the countryside that surrounds it.