Blogs from Asti, Piedmont, Italy, Europe


Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Asti August 26th 2015

Western Italy Milan Interesting place to drive around. The city is spread out with farming in between residential precincts or suburbs. No known campgrounds. Big city. Looked like ABC. Another Bustling Centro. Camping is not encouraged and two possible places in the city that we thought we might camp at no longer allow camping. Another possibility for an overnight camp was on some agricultural museum and research set up which was on a farm not far from Milan CBD. We declined that one and went on to Pavia. Centosa (Monastery ) di Pavia We camped out amongst some rice paddies near Pavia – just south of Milan. Adjacent to the rice paddies is a large and significant Monastery. Building took from 1396 to 1620 for the Carthusian Order. No photography is allowed inside the generously proportioned ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Asti August 22nd 2015

Only an hour by train from Turin is this city with a long history. Asti has many grandiose palazzo and churches, especially those tower own by rich families, the city was known as the city of 100 towers in the old day and now only 12 still survive. the most famous are the 13th century Torre Troyana and the oldest surviving tower Torre Rosso that could date back to Roman era, said it was actually part of the ancient city wall as a small part of the wall could be found nearby, in fact...Sections of the ancient Roman city walls remain on the North side of the city. The Corso Vittorio Alfieri is the main historic street where most of the museum located. The city Cathedral is the Santa Maria Assunta with all the interior wall ... read more
Asti old town
 Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Asti November 9th 2013

We returned to Asti the next day and despite the back roads that Suzie our GPS took us through we got there in good time. We found a hotel 5 steps from the train station, we dropped off the car and then we had time to wander the Paris and streets of Asti. It's very beautiful there and the squares were full of children dressed for Halloween. There were marrons (heated chestnuts) for sale, there were people strolling and cafés and window shopping. We made our marathon track across Northern Italy the next day. We changed trains three times, the last being the fast train (speeds up to 218km/hour), very cool. Then we took the bus from Mestre to the Venice airport, caught our plane on time, arrived in Paris and met Mom. We didn't manage ... read more

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Asti September 27th 2013

September 25, 26 and 27 We enjoyed dinner at El Moli out on the patio. Maria's meals are good, basic Spanish (Catalonian) food. We had a tomato and onion salad, bread, chicken soup, fried fish and potatoes and chocolate flan. We slept well and enjoyed the absence of any barking dogs in the night. Breakfast was a wonderful spread that included chocolate croissants, figs, apples, fresh squeezed orange juice, eggs, cheeses and meats and various homemade jams on toasted bread. Maria came and visited with us and told us that she wanted to give us the night and dinner and breakfast as her gift to us! We were surprised by such a generous gift, but she said this way she will be more comfortable asking to come and stay with us in Oregon. We hope she ... read more
Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard
View from our bed in Saillans

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Asti May 12th 2011

After a very long drive on the toll from Provence where we must have gone through 60 tunnels and over the same number of viaducts. It really was the most amazing road. As it was a Saturday there were very few trucks on it so that made driving a lot easier. We arrived in the most charming little village of Neive right in the middle of the wine growing area. Neive is situated right on the top of a hill (as most small old towns are) overlooking the vineyards. It is a very wealthy area with large houses and well kept vines. Our hotel was right at the top of the hill in a very old house. Our room occupied 2 floors. It also had a balcony that overlooked the valley. It was one of those ... read more
Neive A view from our bedroom window.

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Asti May 11th 2010

HE SAID... We woke fairly late again and headed back to the lead singer’s café for coffee and free wifi. The heavens opened and we scurried back to the hotel to check out by 9.30am. We caught a train to Santa Margherita, picked up a take away lasagne and headed up to a hilltop garden to lunch in the rain overlooking the Mediterranean. An absolutely amazing way to travel - steadfastly refusing to give in to the weather. We then walked back into the city centre and caught a boat to Portofino, climbed the slippery steps to the castle and cathedral and then headed back on a 5km walk to Santa Margherita. We arrived at the train station at 5pm for our 5.30pm departure, and played table soccer to fill in the time (we were soundly ... read more
santa margherita
monferrato hill town

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