The Monferrato

The Monferrato

The fertility of the land and the favorable location for communication routes between the Ligurian Sea and the Po Valley made Monferrato a disputed and divided region, particularly from the Middle Ages to the modern age. A remarkable series of castles sprang up in the most favorable areas for control of the territory, largely an expression of the feudal system of the powerful marquises of Monferrato: the Alerami dynasty (10th – 14th centuries) followed by the Paleologi dynasty (14th – 16th centuries). Domination of the region was contested over time not only by neighboring municipalities and lordships but also by the Republic of Genoa, the Duchy of Milan, and the House of Savoy. In the 16th century, with the extinction of the Paleologi dynasty, the autonomy of the marquisate ceased.

What to visit in Monferrato

  • Asti
  • Canelli
  • Nizza Monferrato
  • Moncalvo
  • Casale Monferrato
  • Grazzano Badoglio
  • Mombaruzzo
  • Serralunga di Crea
  • And so much more…