As Italia per Tutti! is all about sharing a passion for Italy, we are glad to have received a contribution from Consolata Plantone. Not only does she feel a strong connection with the beauty that the Piemonte region has to offer, but she also lives in it! Therefore she would like to introduce our readers into the world of Monferrato, the gem of Piemonte…
“A day in Monferrato” by Consolata Plantone.
I remember as a child, at least once a year I used to visit the “old” housekeeper of my great-grandfather, who lived in Casale Monferrato. The town is situated in the heart of Monferrato, the territory that characterizes the Piedmont. Almost entirely hilly, Monferrato lies mainly within the provinces of Alessandria and Asti; extending south from the right bank of the Po up to the foot of the Ligurian Apennines, on the border with the Province of Genoa and the Province of Savona.
What impressed me the most during the “strange family trips” in Casale Monferrato, was the large traffic of people going up and down cycling; especially women! The Monferrato, in fact, boasts a historic link with this means of transport. This because it has seen the birth of famous cycling champions such as Fausto Coppi, who has been honoured within the museum “I Campionissimi”, in Novi Ligure.
Walking the streets of the old town of Casale, at some point, we used to stop at a special bakery: the scent of freshly baked cookies lures anyone to enter for at least a taste. They were not “simple” cookies, but the famous “KRUMIRI“, traditional and mostly known for their odd shape. Nothing has changed in many years: the bakery today as yesterday churns out these sweets and packs them into the inimitable red metal box.
But the surprises doesn’t end there…
Not everyone knows that Monferrato is the 50th Italian area that became a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding living testimony to the historical tradition of grape growing, winemaking processes, in a social context, and a rural economy based on culture wine. “The vineyards of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, in fact, constitute an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment.”
Yet, Monferrato, contains many other treasures of historical, cultural and artistic value, which often evensurprises its own inhabitants.
This for a first and short introduction to Monferrato, which is really worth a visit. If you would like to read more about the beauty of the area, please click below:
Alexala (turist board)