Maretto: in the ancient land of apple trees, the mystery of the castle disappeared without leaving a trace.
Maretto lies on the north-western hills of Astigiano.
It is 18 km from Asti, the provincial capital.
There is a lack of certain historical references as to who first ruled the territory of Maretto.
It is known, however, that during the medieval period Maretto was subjected to the Municipality of Asti.
Later it passed into the hands of the Troya family, the lords of Montafia, and the Savoy family.
Food and wine and typical products.
Of note is the production of excellent Piedmontese red wines (in particular Freisa and Barbera).
To be seen.
Characteristic is the parish Church of Saints Mary and Michael (Chiesa dei Santi Maria e Michele) with its exposed brick facade.
Also, worth seeing are the Church of the Holy Cross (Chiesa di Santa Croce), the Church of Mater Dolorosa (Chiesa di Mater Dolorosa), and the Monument to the Farmer.
There are also several votive pillars in the area.
The toponym Maretto derives from the Latin Maletum / Meletum which means “apple orchard”, with reference to the important presence of apple trees in the area.
Mysterious is the disappearance of its castle: it is supposed to have been built on a relief south of the concentric, but there is no information on how and why it was abandoned or destroyed.
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