Located at the foot of Monferrato to 292 meters in height above sea level, the name of the country of Montechiaro (Monciair in piedmontese) derives from the Latin " mons clarus" where it is not certain if the meaning of "clarus" is to be understood as "stripped of trees" or indicate "whiteness of the soil"
The birth of the Municipality of Montechiaro d'Asti dates back to the end of the XII century, giving previously news of three villages with the respective parish churches: the borgo Mairano with the church of SS Nazario e Celso; the village of Maresco, with the church dedicated to S. Vittore and the village with the church Dedicated to ST. Vittore and the village with the church of Piesenzana.
The present church of St. Maria Assunta in Piesenzana very probably is only a part of the ancient parish church. Due to the continuous wars the populations of three villages were forced to collect on the highest hill of the territory. From the demolition of homes and through the transport of all construction materials, was thus constructed a village surrounded by high walls and robust and surmounted by tall towers, on the same site where is located the present town of Montechiaro.
he city of Asti did di Montechiaro a firm and armed fortress, clasping you a secular political-military alliance. Despite the many attempts to conquer, the strong attitude of the inhabitants had forced the besiegers to desist. Montechiaro, the equal of all the territories settle in the XIV century it passes under the dominion of the Visconti of Milan. During the war between Henry II of France and the Emperor Charles V, Montechiaro is occupied by both French and Spanish, passing then to the Duchy of Savoy.
We advise you to relive these legendary events of the past with the fantasy, by participating in some of the various and evocative reenactments of historical inspiration, such as the Palio d Asti, the Festival of Festivals or the Siege of Canelli.In addition Montechiaro d'Asti is a land of wine, truffle and hazelnuts!
The area is characterized by hills and the rounded edges, where the cultivation dominant is that of the vine, followed by the Hazelnut Piedmont IGP. The production constrains of the Monferrato offers fine wines subjected to quality controls known as DOC and DOCG wines of different varieties, Known throughout the world.
IThe truffle is one of the typical products more important of the Monferrato: it gives life to a large amount of flea markets and fairs of the truffle, between the months of October and December. The municipal territory of Montechiaro d'Asti is part of the largest reserve tartufigena of Italy: in the historical center took place the great National Fair of the White Truffle, the first Sunday of November.