Visit this cozy little town full of history located only a few kilometers from our place and is home to a little more than 10,000 people. There are lots of reasons to visit Nizza Monferrato more than that it is incredibly beautiful and has an exciting history.
What to do:
There are several genuine Italian cafes. They have a wonderful ice cream bar that you just must not miss, ask us more when you are here. The domestic restaurants offer a unique experience of the local food culture.
Here you get to experience the real Italy and you will find small shops of various kinds, butchers, bakers, cheese shops and more. Last but not least, there are lots of places, big and small, that can serve fantastic wines.
The third Sunday of each month is the antique market. Mercatino dell’Antiquariato Nicese.
The city was founded in 1225 and has during its history been besieged countless times by both Italian, French and Spanish troops. During the 17th century, the city was plagued by plague and famine, and 20 years later, the city was razed to the ground by a Spanish army from Aragon.
In 1703, the Savoy monarchy took over the city and the region. The city then began to flourish and became known for its silk production.
For much of the 18th and 19th centuries, Nizza Monferrato and all of Piedmont, along with Sardinia, belonged to the royal Savoy dynasty.
In more modern history Nizza Monferrato was the capital of the Partisan Republic of Monferrato in 1944, and was awarded the Silver Medal for the Military Valor for the sacrifices of its people and their participation in the partisan struggle against fascism during World War II.
In 2014 Nizza became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site ”Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato” as one of the five wine-growing areas of outstanding landscapes included by the site, called ”Nizza Monferrato and Barbera”.
- Antiques Market; 3rd Sunday of every month
- Fiera del Santo Cristo (Sa
- nto Cristo Fair); 2nd Sunday in April
- Barbera in festa (Barbera Wine Festival); in May
- Corsa delle botti (Barrel Race); 1st Sunday in June
- Monferrato in Tavola (Monferrato Table); 1st weekend in June
- Wine Cellars are open to the public on the Sunday after the harvest; in September
- Fiera di San Carlo (San Carlo Fair); 1st week of November (since 1516)
Nizza Monferrato is one the comuni in the province of Asti that take part in the Palio di Asti on the third Sunday of September, in Asti. Nizza Monferrato won the race in 1986 with the jockey Leonardo Viti on the horse Elf.