ASTI (anc. Hasta), a town and episcopal see of Piedmont,
Italy, in the province of Alessandria, situated on the Tanaro;
it is 22 m. W. by rail from Alessandria. Pop. (1901) town,
19,787; commune, 41,047. Asti has still numerous medieval
towers, a fineGothiccathedral of the 14th century, the remains
of a Christian basilica of the 6th century, and the octagonal
baptistery of S. Pietro (11th century). It was the birthplace of
the poet Vittorio Alfieri. In ancient times it manufactured
pottery. It is now famous for its sparkling wine (Asti spumante),
and is a considerable centre of trade.
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