Passerano Marmorito: in the ancient fiefdom of the Radicati the roots of Pope Francis.
Passerano Marmorito covers an area of 12.03 km² in the high basin of the Triversa stream, at 320 meters above sea level.
It has a population of about 440 inhabitants, the passeranesi.
It is about 30 km from Asti, the provincial capital.
The territory is divided into six hamlets: Primeglio, Schierano, Marmorito, Rocco, Boscorotondo, Serra.
The name of the village probably derives from a Roman predial: Passerius.
It was an ancient fiefdom of the Radicati family, who owned all three castles of the territory and in which even today, in that of Passerano, the descendants reside.
In 1526 the Emperor Charles V sanctioned the independence of the Radicati in their county and granted them the privilege of beating gold and silver coins.
The first coins of the ancient mint of Passerano were issued in 1589; the concession was revoked just nine years later by the Duke of Savoy, as counterfeit coins were still being issued.
Passerano Marmorito is a "young" municipal institution, formed in 1929 by the union of the ancient towns of Passerano, Primeglio-Schierano and part of Marmorito.
The administrative union has rationalized the services and the management of the territory but has not affected the specificity of the villages, each able to offer monuments, atmospheres and panoramas of great charm and particularity.
The three castles, the houses with the historic "chalky" and the ecclesiastical buildings are just some testimonies of the centuries-old beauty of the Monferrato village.
Food and wine and typical products.
The tripe is protagonist on the tables of Passerano Marmorito and it is dedicated to it a festival that is celebrated in the month of October.
Also, worth mentioning is the wine production with the fine Malvasia di Schierano.
To be seen.
The main attention of tourists visiting Passerano Marmorito is surely represented by the Castle of Passerano, one of the most beautiful manor houses in the province of Asti, characterized by its medieval tower then transformed into a bell tower in 1704.
Of particular architectural value are also the Castle of Primeglio, which with the Church of Saint Lorenzo dominates the hamlet of Primeglio, the remains of the Castle of Marmorito, the Passerano Ancient Mint, today the seat of the civic library and place where marriages are celebrated civil, the majestic parish church of Saints Pietro e Paolo Apostoli, of late-Baroque style, the Tower of Schierano, built in the Middle Ages.
The territory of Passerano Marmorito also offers interesting naturalistic insights: the Woods of Muscandia (Boschi di Muscandia), a wetland that crosses the countryside of the Low Monferrato, the colony of bats that has found a home in the building on Via Maestra, once used for school purposes, geological outcrops at Marmorito and the Giant Pastel Green Bench in Schierano hamlet.
The roots of Pope Francis lie between the towns of Passerano Marmorito and Cocconato; the great-grandfather, Giuseppe Bergoglio, was born in 1816 in Schierano.
The town was also made famous by the character of Carlino in the Drive In program, played by the late Giorgio Faletti, an artist and writer from Asti.
Many still remember the famous jokes of Carlino, including: "I am from Passerano Marmorito, the village is small...people murmur!"