These hills are known as the “Terre dei Santi” (the Land of Saints). They were crossed by two pilgrim routes leading to Rome, the capital of the Christianity: the “Via Francigena” and the Transromanica
That is why the Asti Region is rich in Romanesque parish churches, the most important of which is The Abbey of Santa Maria di Vezzolano: their origin is still a mystery, surrounded by myths, legends and tales.
You will discover the Romanesque Art, visit small and ancient villages through the landscapes aiming to get Unesco recognition, where fields alternate with vineyards and the itineraries are a harmonious blend of culture and countryside.
Among the Sanctuaries we mention Colle Don Bosco, where you can also visit the place of birth of St. John Bosco, the “Museo Etnologico Missionario” and the “Museo della Vita Contadina”. At a short distance in the province of Alessandria, the unmissable Sacro Monte di Crea with the enclosed park. Of Romanesque origin, the Sanctuary was administred by the Canons of Vezzolano until 1468, by the Canons Regular of the Lateran until 1798, by the Servants of Mary until 1801, and from 1820 until 1992 by the Conventual Franciscans.
Below is the list of Saints and religious people of Asti descent
Sant' Aniano di Asti
(... – ...) probably a Bishop, worshipped as a saint; he lived in the 5th century
San Secondo d'Asti
(... – Asti, 30 March 119) worshipped as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, Martyr and Patron Saint of Asti
(….- 5th cent) Italian Bishop and Bishop of Asti in the 5th century
Landolfo da Vanglate
Bishop of Asti – 11th – 12th cent. Blessed
San Bruno (o Brunone) d'Asti
(Solaro Family 1045-1123) Abbot of Monteccassino
(1851 – 1926) Beatified by the Roman Catholic Church, was born in Castelnuovo d’Asti (now Castelnuovo Don Bosco)
San Giovanni Bosco
(1815-1888), Saint, was born in Castelnuovo d’Asti (now Castelnuovo Don Bosco)
San Domenico Savio
(Chieri 1842- Castelnuovo Don Bosco 1857)
known as Mamma Margherita (Capriglio, 1 April 1788 – Torino 25 November 1856): the Holy See declared her Venerable in 2006
Giuseppe Cafasso (1811 - 1860)
(1811 - 1860) Saint of the Roman Catholic Church, born in Castelnuovo D.B.
(Mornese, 9 May 1837 – Nizza Monferrato, 14 May 1881) founder of the Congregation “ Daughters of Mary Help of Christians”” was declared Saint by Pope Pio XII in 1951
(1875 - 1935) Missionary, born in Castelnuovo Don Bosco
(1838 - 1926) Archbishop and Musician, born in Castelnuovo Don Bosco
(Torino 1844 - 1895) Saint of the Roman Catholic Church and founder of the Congregation “Oblates of Saint Joseph”, his family came from San Martino Alfieri (At), place where he spent his childhood.
Francesco Faa di Bruno
(Alessandria, 29 March 1825 - Torino, 27 March 1888) son of the Marquess of Bruno
(1809 – 1889) Missionary in Ethiopia, Cardinal and Catholic Archbishop, born in Piovà Massaia.
(Torino 1918 - 2013) Cardinal and archbishop, his mother’s family came from Asti. He is buried in the Cathedral of Asti.
(1960) Catholic Archbishop and since 2009 Apostolic Nuncio in Honduras, born in Montemagno (AT)
(1927) ) Catholic Archbishop, Cardinal and Secretary of Vatican City State, he is nowadays Dean of the College of Cardinals. He was born in Isola d’Asti
(Novara 1935) Cardinal, his family came from Vinchio, village that he still visits regularly. President of the Governorate of Vatican City State
Pope Francis (Buenos Aires 1936) – the family came from the Asti region