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Favorite thing: Vittorio Alfieri, birth in Asti in1749, death in Florence in1803, was a poet and drama writer. He is among the top Italian writers of all times.
Quotes from Vittorio Alfieri
"The true courage is not to die but to live"
"Coups, even when they succeed, have most often ill consequences as they were built against a tyrant but not against tyranny."
"Under tyranny, fears of everybody build the cowardice of most"
the City Hall
Favorite thing: The city Hall stands close to the city market, not far from Corso Vittorio Alfieri. It is a 19th (or ealy 20th) century building with only a few carvings. On top, a medallion with the initial CR (I do not know what does it mean) framed by two sat ladies.
Monument to the Alpini
Favorite thing: "Cento anni di arduo dovere" : a hundred years of arduous duty. In front of the city market, stands a monument to honor the "Alpini", the famous troops that were trained to fight in the mountains, even at the highest elevations. Many cities of Piemont have monuments to the Alpini that are a Piemont glory.
Market in Asti
Favorite thing: At the lower end of Corso Vittorio Alfieri stands a long and low building. It is the "Mercato", the city market. Unfortunately, as it was Sunday afternoon, it was closed and we have not been able to visit it. I suppose that among others, they sell mushrooms and may be Cesar's Amanita!
Decorated house on Piazza Medici
Favorite thing: On another side of Piazza Medici, a much smaller house has nevertheless an interesting feature. The third level is lined with narrow arches. Each arch is decorated with a different flower motif in pastel colors (enlargement on the second and third photo.
Palace on Piazza Medici
Favorite thing: On Piazza Medici, in front of the Camera di Commercio stands an imposing building (Palace ?) made of stone and bricks of various colors that make a decor. It extends along a side street with different terraces equipped with delicate wrought iron arches.
Industry and Agriculture
Favorite thing: The building of the Camera di Commercio (Trade Chamber) has nothing exceptional and would not be worth a photo had it not two white marble statues on each side of its main entrance. They are clad in a Roman looking tunic. The one of the left holds a heavy hammer, resting on a cogwheel. The other holds an armful of vegetables. They obviously mean Industry and Agriculture, standing together for Trade !
Fontana dell'aquedotto da Materno Giribaldi
Favorite thing: On a square in the old city, the monument called Fontana dell'aquedotto (fountain of the aqueduct) was erected on October 18th 1908 to commemorate the new aqueduct that brought enough drinkable water to the growing city.
The sculptor was Materno Giribaldi (Giribaldi, not Garibaldi) a local sculptor (1870-1951) that carved many monuments in the city and in the cemetery before he emigrated to Brasil in 1925, where he made also many other sculptures.
Favorite thing: In the same part of Corso Vittorio Alfieri than the chemist's, a house bears a marble sign that says :
Da questo balcone, il 13 marzo 1887, Giuseppe Garibaldi arringava con forti parole gli astigiani, predicendo prossima l'entrata in Roma
From this balcony, on March 13th 1887, Giuseppe Garibaldi harangued with strong words the citizens of Asti, foretelling the entrance in Roma.
Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian patriot, born in Nice in 1807, that fought for the unity of Italy against Austria, against the kingdom of the two Sicilies and against the pope, who still owned an extensive state.
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