Famed for its rich gastronomy, standout sparkling wines and famous Palio horserace, the ancient city of Asti in Northwest Italy delivers history, art and spectacular views in abundance.


Once considered among Italy’s most powerful independent cities, modern day Asti is a charming town of around 70,000 inhabitants and the commercial centre of Piedmont’s world famous wine region. Located at the confluence of two rivers, between the hills of Monferrato and Langhe, Asti - along with neighbouring Alba (roughly 20 miles away in a southwesterly direction) - has established itself as a popular destination for food and wine enthusiasts.

Stroll through cobblestone streets, marvel at 1st century Roman ruins, visit the impressive Gothic cathedral (the largest church in Piedmont) and take in the remarkable viticultural landscape with a bottle of the region’s renowned Asti DOCG or Barbera d’Asti DOCG; however you choose to spend your time here, the amiable town of Asti assures visitors a warm welcome.

Finding somewhere to stay is simple. Tourism has deep roots in this area and there are consequently a wide range of accommodation options both within the historic centre and further afield. Towards the luxury end of the market, the Sunstar Piemonte - a former Baroque palace now boutique hotel, located in Isola d’Asti - offers elegant accommodation, a traditional Piedmontese restaurant (with walk-in wine cellar) and panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards. Similarly upmarket, twelve miles north of town, Relais Sant’Uffizio Wellness & Spa Hotel - dating from the 16th century and renowned in particular for its two star Michelin restaurant Locanda Sant’Uffizio Enrico Bartolini - also delivers high quality accommodation in stately surroundings.

For the foodies, the aforementioned Locanda Sant’Uffizio Enrico Bartolini is perhaps the most exclusive restaurant in and around Asti. Guests can choose from two tasting menus - with or without wine pairings - or select to dine à la carte. Service is slick, surroundings elegant and contemporary, and the wine list - just like the menu - pays homage to Piedmont’s finest alongside classics of Italian and French wine. Other establishments to note are Il Centro in Priocca, Il Cascinalenuovo in Isola d’Asti and All’Enoteca in Canale. But just like its smaller sibling Alba, Asti’s culinary scene is imbued with quality from top to bottom, so much so that it’s hard to find a bad restaurant here.

So, if you’re looking for an elegant destination that combines rich history with a splendid location and the very best in food and wine this genial town, and the wine region it sits at the centre of, will take some beating.

Where to Stay

Relais Sant’Uffizio Wellness & Spa Hotel   Hotel 

Strada Sant’Uffizio, 1, Cioccaro di Penango, Asti, 14030

Sunstar Hotel Piemont   Hotel 

Via Mario Bausola, 2, Isola D’Asti, 14057

Where to Eat

All’Enoteca   Restaurant 

Via Roma, 57, Canale, 12043

Il Cascinalenuovo   Restaurant 

SS 231 Asti-Alba 15, Isola d’Asti, 14057

Il Centro   Restaurant 

Via Umberto I, 5, Priocca, 12040

Locanda Sant’Uffizio Enrico Bartolini   Restaurant 

Strada Sant’Uffizio, 1, Cioccaro di Penango, Asti, 14030

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