The province of Asti (Piedmont Region, Italy) is located between the beautiful hills of the Monferrato and the Langhe, among the charming wine landscapes, which were awarded the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage recognition. The land surrounding Asti is famous worldwide for wine production: alternation of sweet reliefs and valleys creates landscapes of singular beauty, with vineyards that entirely cover the territory and offer a unique spectacle of colour and shades.
Asti is the land of wine and the home of the Asti Spumante Docg wine, known and exported all over the world. If its hills reveal beautiful panoramas, several protected areas – the Rocchetta Tanaro Natural Park, the Natural Reserve of Andona, Botto and Grande, or the unique WWF oasis of Forteto della Luja – reveal a high natural value. In these lovely sceneries, there are cosy towns, such as Canelli, Nizza Monferrato and San Damiano d'Asti, and small but picturesque medieval villages perched on the hills, such as Moncalvo, Costigliole and Roccaverano.
Along the ancient route of Via Francigena, medieval churches and abbeys of great charm are still visible. The wonderful buildings located in the historic center of Asti show the period of the maximum splendour of the city, which was during the Commune period between XI and XIV centuries. Folk events, the local cuisine based on traditional recipes and local products are further surprises that this wonderful land reserves for the visitors.
The idea behind the projects implemented in Asti Province is the recovery of cultural heritage, in all its forms, through the contribution of migrants arriving in the Asti territory. By involving migrants in the physical recovery of places it has been possible to fully fit them into the local community.
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Rural Heritage Hub
The Rural Heritage Hub will be located in Villa Quaglina, an ancient villa of the last century located in the Asti countryside and owned by the religious order of the Oblates of St. Joseph. After some years of abandonment, it was recovered with the direct involvement of asylum seekers hosted by various hospitality projects. An alternative location will be the old railway station of Chiusano which has been completely restored and is now a housing facility for a hospitality and integration program dedicated to refugees.