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The southern part of the Asti Region is where the grape cultivation is most important and characterizes the landscape.
There are many suggestions for tours in this part of the Monferrato south of the river Tanaro. First of all the oenological routes: there are numerous museums dedicated to the wine and its production today and in the past (Costigliole, Mombercelli, Nizza Monferrato are only a few of the hosting towns), exceptional are the historical cellars of Canelli, the capital of the Moscato and the Asti Spumante, true underground cathedrals. But first of all the vineyards, as far as the eye can see, which in autumn turn to thousands of different colours. For nature lovers there are many possible excursions to the parks and nature reserves of this area, in the Valle Sarmassa, in the woods of Rocchetta Tanaro, on the bank of the river Bormida in Sessame to observe the herons which have returned to populate the banks of these rivers. For the lovers of history there is no lack of cues: from the castle of Costigliole to the one in San Martino Alfieri, from Calamandrana to Calosso, castles and country houses full of memories from medieval times to the Risorgimento. And there is yet to discover the south-east around Mombaruzzo, famous for its Amaretti sweets, but rich in noble palaces and prestigious buildings besides many, many vineyards. And then, on the southernmost point of the province, where the vineyards end and the hills rise higher, the landscape turns rough and yet more suggestive: the Langa of Asti with its medieval watch towers against the Saracen invasions in Cassinasco, San Giorgio Scarampi, Olmo Gentile, the “double” church of Cessole, suggestive remains of the castles and Roccaverano, the highest village in the province at almost 800 m. elevation, with its bramantesque parish and the breathtaking panorama.