Offering fabulous sparkling wines, sublime architecture, colourful festivals and fine food, the northern Italian city of Asti is an ever-popular tourist destination. Travellers in the UK can easily pay the town a visit thanks to daily flights to nearby airports.
While there's no airport in Asti itself, travellers can fly into nearby Turin or Genoa airports and be there in no time. Trains from Turin to Asti only take around 35 minutes, with a total transfer time of under an hour in most cases. And trains take just over one hour 20 minutes to travel from Genoa. So both major airports offer convenient arrival points.
Airlines offering daily flights to Genoa's Cristoforo Colombo Airport include British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet, while the same companies serve Turin International Airport alongside Titan Airways, TUI and Jet2. Passengers can fly from UK airports including London Gatwick, Stansted and Luton; Newcastle; Manchester; Birmingham; and Edinburgh.
Even though travellers can't fly straight to Asti, flying will usually be the best way to get to the city. The most important reason is speed. Planes take two hours to reach both Genoa and Turin, which aren't far from Asti. Upon arrival, travellers can take buses or trains (or self-drive if they prefer) and be in Asti within one hour. With alternatives like long-distance trains taking at least 12 hours from London, flights are always the fastest way to travel. Moreover, flights can be very cheap. With budget fares available year-round from easyJet, Jet2 and Ryanair, visitors can save a few pounds for the finest wines Asti has to offer.
When heading to Asti, it makes sense to arrange transfers in advance, just to make sure that every chain in the journey is taken care of. When that's done, getting around town is simple. Asti isn't large, and most tourists can see everything on foot. Attractions include the superb Duomo of Santa Maria Assunta and the outstanding Italian art collection at the Palazzo Mazzetti. Climbing the Troyana Tower is a must for taking panoramic photos, and wandering the ancient Roman walls gives a flavour of the town's distant roots. But above all, visitors can unwind with sublime sparkling white wines. Head to the Piazza Alfieri to find an array of excellent enotecas, offering food and wine of the highest standard.