The Asti region is a hilly territory stretching to the south of Turin, and is one of the most well-known wine region in Italy. Famous for its wines and its cuisine, few people know that great men, important for their spirituality, actions and social commitment, were born here: Saint John Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Society, Cardinal Massaia, Maria Mazzarello, Margherita Occhiena, Giuseppe Allamano, Giuseppe Marello and Luigi Variara. Driven by faith and the natural inclination to brotherhood and good deeds, they were ambassadors of peace and tolerance.
Moreover, this is the native land of Pope Francis. From these sweet hills, at the beginning of the 20th century, his ancestors moved to Argentina.
In the past, the Asti region was protagonist in the religious sphere because numerous pilgrims used to walk along the Via Francigena, which is still viable: to learn more about the region, there are interesting cycling itineraries and routes.
The town of Asti has many churches of great historical and artistic value, still attended by the believers during the religious rites.
Read the interesting publication about religious tourism in the province of Asti with the history of St. John Bosco, of the social saints and the religious personalities: click here