The medieval city of Moncalvo – the smallest city of Italy – is five minutes away by car. The main piazza has lovely café’s with terraces and other facilities such as banks, shops, restaurants, a weekly market on Thursdays and every first Sunday of the month an antique market. Moncalvo also has a nice public swimming pool. In the valley between Ponzano and Moncalvo – a two minutes drive away – there are three supermarkets and a.number of gas stations. Cities such as Milan, Turin and Genoa are easy to reach by car or train. At nearby Asti (30km) – renowned for it’s “Asti Spumante” dessert wine – every Wednesday and Saturday you can stroll over the huge market. Or do some shopping, site on one of the many terraces and visit the cathedral.
The Piemonte region is one of the best kept secrets of Italy. At times it reminds you of Tuscany, however as there is less tourism, the region keeps it’s authentic character. This also helps to keep the restaurants affordable. There is great food here, the region is especially renowned for it’s truffles And don’t forget the delicious wines produced in this region. You’ll find the king and queen of Italian red wines – the Barolo and the Barberesco – here. But the delicious and affordable wine of the region is the Barbera d'Asti. The famous “Slow Food” movement started in Piemonte for a reason!