This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Asti. To help you make friends with Asti before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
With beautiful landscapes and a rich medieval history, the town of Asti is the provincial capital of one of Italy’s most prominent wine regions. Traditionally, this ancient community was known as the “city of 100 towers” – a nod to the town’s history as one of the most economically and politically powerful cities in Western Europe between the 10th to the 13th century.
Accommodation in Asti is varied. Hostels can be found in the town’s medieval centre, or tourists can venture out to some of the hotels and vacation rentals throughout the surrounding area. A hostel in Asti is a perfect way for explorers to get familiar with this beautiful and historic community.
Beautifully preserved medieval churches can still be found throughout this ancient town, and much of the city’s core still features narrow streets, historical buildings, and remnants of the 120 towers that once gave this city its nickname. Torre Troyana, or Trojan Tower, is still open for weekend visitors to explore all the way up to the tower’s summit. There are also several museums throughout Asti, including the Scassa Tapestry Workshop – which features handmade tapestries inspired by famous paintings.
While Asti is the major commercial centre of Piedmont, the historical centre of Asti is fairly compact – making it easy for travelers to get from their hostel or hotel to access some of Asti’s restaurants and bars. Wine is a major attraction for tourists in Asti, and exploring the nightlife here is a great way to familiarize yourself with the beautiful and delicious wines that come from this region.
Visitors to this area can fly into several nearby Italian airports, including Milan Malpensa or Turin Caselle, before boarding a train or a shuttle to Asti. However, it is recommended that tourists who hope to travel more extensively throughout this wine region rent a car.
Written by local enthusiast for Asti hostelsJakob Lombardi