“It is true that the pen in the hand of an excellent writer is a much more powerful and terrible weapon, and of much longer effect, than any scepter or weapon in the hands of a prince.”
Palazzo Alfieri is the birthplace of the famous poet and playwright Vittorio Alfieri, who was born here in 1749. He lived in Asti until he was five years old only; later he left to undertake many journeys around Europe, becoming a protagonist of the cultural, political and literary scene of that time.
Today, in the rooms of the palace, an itinerary tells the story of the poet’s life through the original forniture of the house and some objects concerning his literary activity, his travels, his passions and his incredible life.
But the building also links its name to another Alfieri: he is Benedetto, the poet’s uncle, an important architect working in the middle of the Eighteenth century who redesigned some medieval parts of the palace.
You can still admire his remarkable courtyard characterized by an animated and strongly scenographic architecture, which seems to welcome visitors with an embrace.
The palace is also the seat of Centro di Studi Alfieriani, a study center dedicated to the life, works and cultural influence of the great poet from Asti.