In spring, nature awakens on the hills of Langhe and Monferrato, and the calendar of events becomes richer: the upcoming weekends are ideal for discovering the area’s beauty and gastronomic excellence.

Here are some events not to be missed and some ways to explore towns and cities of art.

Asti and the Patron Saint Celebrations of San Secondo, May 4 – May 11

During the feast of San Secondo, patron saint of Asti, the Piedmontese City will come alive with events related to the famous Palio, which sees different districts competing and challenging each other annually. The first event not to be missed is the nocturnal procession with the Oath and the Palio’s Estimation scheduled for Saturday, May 4.

The Oath expresses the high commitment that the Captain’s Group and the Rectors make towards the City and the rules of the Palio and will be followed by the Estimation ceremony during which the Estimators, representatives of the weavers and merchants guild, assess the drapes: one for the Collegiate Church of San Secondo to signify the end of an ancient dispute between civil and religious power and one for the September race.

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Once the drapes’ “goodness” is confirmed, the Mayor, guarantor of civic values, pronounces the customary formula to declare the Palio Race officially.

  • 9:00 PM, Cathedral Square – gathering of the Captain’s Group, Standard-bearers, Rectors, and characters.
  • 9:30 PM: The procession will start. The route is Cathedral Square, Via Caracciolo, Via Carducci, Via Giobert, Corso Alfieri, Via Gobetti, and Piazza San Secondo.
  • At 10:00 PM, the Oath ceremony will begin, followed by the Palio’s Estimation.
  • 11:00 PM, Conclusion of the Palio’s Estimation. In case of bad weather, the Oath and Estimation ceremonies will take place at the Alfieri Theatre at 9:15 PM, and the nocturnal procession will be cancelled.

On Sunday, May 5, at 2:30 PM, starting from Piazza Roma, a procession of musicians and flag-wavers will arrive at 3:00 PM in Piazza San Secondo for the final performance.

A pyrotechnic water show in honour of the saint will be held on Monday, May 6, at 9:15 PM at Parco Lungotanaro.

On Tuesday, May 7, the Feast Day of the Patron Saint in Piazza San Secondo, the Palio’s offering to the Collegiate will take place at 10:30 AM at the Alfieri Theatre; the Mayor announces the names of those awarded the Order of San Secondo, then proceeding to Piazza San Secondo with the following schedule:

  • 11:00 AM, Performance by the flag-wavers of the Asta.
  • 11:35 AM, Entry into the Collegiate.
  • 12:30 PM, Conclusion of the Ceremony.
  • 12:45 PM, Distribution of the “poor’s soup.”
  • 4:00 PM, Pony… in Palio: an event dedicated to children by the College of Rectors.
  • 5:00 PM – Resistance Park (Public Gardens): concert by the Asti band.

The next step will be awarding the Order of San Secondo and the Flag-wavers’ Palio on Saturday, May 11, at 8:45 PM, with a procession of musicians and flag-wavers starting from Piazza Roma at 8:30 PM.

In case of bad weather, the Flag-wavers’ Palio will take place on Sunday, May 12, at 11:00 AM. In case of persistent bad weather even on Sunday, the competition will occur at the PalaBrumar San Quirico.

Historic Train Journey from Turin to Nizza Monferrato, May 12

On Saturday, May 12, you can experience the thrill of discovering Langhe and Monferrato in a completely original way: departing from Torino Porta Nuova, the historic steam train with a 1930s carriage will take you through various stages to Nizza Monferrato.

Travelling through green landscapes dotted with small villages and picturesque vineyards will feel like a plunge into the past, living for a day in an atmosphere of yesteryear.

Along the journey, you can also enjoy a tasting of Asti DOCG Spumante and other local wines and cheeses. The experience will continue in the City with a lunch in the centre of Nizza Monferrato.

For information and tickets, click here

Asti Walking Tour from April to July

The “city of a hundred towers” hides many curiosities and beauties that can escape the notice of those who do not know where to look. The best way to be captivated by Asti’s many faces is to embark on a guided tour through the streets of the centre with specialized guides.

asti, città da visitare nel weekend di Pasqua in Monferrato e Langhe

The Asti Walking Tour repeats until July every Saturday at 3:30 PM, Sunday at 10:30 AM, and Monday at 10:30 AM, starting from the Tourist Office – Piazza Alfieri 34. Two special appointments will occur on May 1 and June 2 at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

Golosaria among the Castles of Monferrato 2024

The 18th edition of Golosaria Monferrato, the famous event created by Paolo Massobrio and Marco Gatti, will take place on May 11 and 12.

Once again, the central location of Golosaria 2024 will be the Castle of Casale Monferrato, where the exhibitors from IlGolosario will gather. As per tradition, many other events in more than 40 locations scattered throughout the territory will accompany the main event.

Cocconato is one of these, with the Bava Winery as the venue. On this occasion, it will be possible to participate in the visit to the historic cellars and a tasting route of 4 wines from the company.

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The opening hours for visits and tastings are Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

For information and reservations:

Bava Winery via Stazione 2 Cocconato welcome@bava.com or tel. 014190708

Cocconato: May Appointments

But Golosaria is one of many reasons to visit Cocconato, one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, in the coming weeks. From May 5 until October, the Romanesque Church of Madonna della Neve, a historical monument and village symbol, will be exceptionally open.

Visiting hours are 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

On May 26, Cocconato will host the CocCogito Festival of Philosophy in the Hills. Asti philosophy teacher Gianfranco Ruscalla will moderate the meeting, which will feature Matteo Saudino of the YouTube channel Barbasophia and writers Walter Lazzarin and Enrica Teseo. The event will take place in the College’s courtyard starting at 3:00 PM and will close at 7:00 PM with a philosophical aperitif.

visita in cantina Bava e degustazione per golosaria Monferrato 2024

A trip to Cocconato becomes perfect when completed by a tour of the historic Bava Winery with tasting.

Choose the tasting route you prefer to discover the different fascinating identities of Bava wines, ambassadors of our beautiful hills. Let yourself be enchanted by the curiosities and relics that tell the intertwined history of our winery and our territory during the visit.

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