Capital and heart of the province, Asti is with its 77.000 inhabitants a city on a human scale. Famous all over the world for its wines and its cuisine, and maybe less, wrongly so, for its beauty on an artistic level, it must be discovered by foot, strolling in its old city centre, which has maintained the medieval urban structure. The medieval period, with its great richness and power, has left splendid traces in the main monuments of the city, the Cathedral, the Collegiate of San Secondo, the complex of San Pietro in Consavia, in the towers and particularly in the town houses and streets. The baroque style of its noble mansions and the XIX cent. elegance of its squares manage to become one without any false notes, creating a harmonious whole with the elegant windows of the Liberty shops. Asti, bound to its magnificent past, which comes to life each year on occasion of the Palio, Asti lively and busy in its weekly markets, Asti rich in cultural and oenogastronomic events, which make a stop in this town even more agreeable.