The province of Asti is in the northern Italian region of Piedmont; the capital city, also named Asti, is located in the heart of the geographical region of Monferrato. This is a hilly area, very well known for the production of famous Italian spumantes and wines. The city of Asti is considered one of the richest in Piedmont, in terms of art and culture. Known throughout the world, Asti’s Palio is a medieval festival that includes fireworks, traditional cuisine, the local population dressed in typical costumes and parades; it ends in a bareback horse race and it is the oldest Italian Palio on record. There are 118 towns and cities in the province of Asti, and each one has something particular to offer tourists. Check out Castagnole Monferrato, for example, to visit its ancient buildings dating to the 1400's, its churches built in the 1700's and the largest wine press in Europe.
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