The Monferrato is rich in exhibits and events you will find out day by day.
Douja d'Or is a national, enological contest that takes place every year in the city of Asti. Douja is a piedmontese word that means old and rounded mug. This contest was born with the aim to let people know and appreciate good wines and teach them which to choose and appreciate. Each year the national contest is announced and here the best DOC and DOCG wines are awarded with the prestigious Douja d'Or prize. This contest lasts 10 days during the month of September between Le Sagre and Il Paliowww.doujador.it
PALIO DI ASTI
The Palio is still run with ancient and original rules, first of all the bareback riding. The first document speaking about Palio is dated 1275 and in the past it was run in corso Alfieri they used to call it Strada Maestra (main street), but now in the last 50 years they do it in the main central square, the elegant Piazza Alfieri. This medieval race is preceded by a charming, elegant and coloured parade of many people with medieval dresses all along the central streets between people admiring and applauding them. The medieval chronicle says that the first Palio was run by astesan peolpe below the Alba ramparts in order to deride the rival citywww.comune.asti.it
FESTIVAL DELLE SAGRE
Imagine a big country village in which 40 stands propose typical and gorgeous astesan food specialties combined with eccellent DOC and DOCG local wines: you'll have Festival delle Sagre, a big, crowded and tasty festival. Le Sagre is on the second Sunday of September in the big Campo del Palio square but on the night before it already opens with a night food kermesse. On Sunday morning all along Asti main streets there's always a parade with more than 3000 actors playing ancient country professions with original old tools.www.festivaldellesagre.it
«Signor Capitano, vi do licenza di correre il Palio nell'anno del Signore...
Andate, e che San Secondo vi assista! »
Ritual formula with which each year the mayor allows the Palio Captain to run the race with the blessing of San Secondo, the patron saint of Asti
TRUFFLE FAIR IN ALBA
The Truffle Fair was born and created in 1928 by Giacomo Morra, the king of the truffle who first thought to expose the truffles and propose them outside the walls of the province and giving the best truffle of the season as a precious present to celebrities like Winston Churchill, Marylin Monroe, Joe Di Maggio, Gerard Depardieu and so on until today. Nowadays big experts and judges evaluate best daily truffles and give them the proper sale price. People can wander around the city, tasting and buying not only the truffle but also many typical products of territory like Tonda e Gentile hazelnuts, honey, homemade pasta, tasty cheese and of course excellent wines. If you want to taste the truffle the best way is with some kind of not too savory food to let truffle excel and shine such as home made egg pasta called Tajarin, fried eggs or even typical piedmontese raw meat called Carne all'Albese with thin slices of tasty and fragrant truffle on top: delicious, you'll become addicted to!www.fieradeltartufo.org
TORINO YOU DON'T EXPECT
You thought that Torino was grey and chill but nowadays you will be amazed by atmospheres and locations you didn't think you could find. In the partnership with the Tour Operator SOMEWHERE you will find and you will be amazed by "La Torino Magica", "La Torino Sotterranea" and other special tours. Leave room for imagination and you will never forget this city. We will provide informations and reservations for our guestswww.somewhere.it
TORINO AND ITS MUSEUMS
No more Fiat's "mother" only as it was in the past, now cultural point, Torino offers museums which will fascinate you, beginning from the antique buildings where they are housed. As the Museo Egizio (second in the world after Cairo's one) recently renovated with unique evidences and with the special "touch" of the Oscar-winning scenographer Dante Ferretti. As the Museo del Cinema which is located in the Mole Antonelliana (built by architect Antonelli in the last decades of 19th Century) and which will bring you in the fantastic world of the Cinema from its beginnings until nowadays. And last but not least the Museo dell'Automobile with many prestigious and one of a kind cars.www.comune.torino.it/musei
«The path to Menfi and Tebe passes through Turin»