The palace is the birthplace of the famous writer Vittorio Alfieri, poet and tragedian born in Asti in 1749. Shaped on an ancient medieval “casaforte” (fortified building), it owes its current Baroque appearance to the intervention of the architect Benedetto Alfieri, cousin of the poet, between 1736 and 1738. Purchased and restored by Count Ottolenghi, the building became the Civic Museum in 1903. The Alfieri Museum, the Alfieri Center for Studies and the Eugenio Guglielminetti Foundation are located here.
On the main floor it is possible to visit the historic rooms and the poet’s birth room, furnished and decorated during the recent refurbishment to restore the appearance of the residence in the 18th century.
The Alfieri museum traces the life of the poet, his literary production and the history of the palace itself.
Exhibited in the Gallery of Life are memorabilia, documents and autographs which retrace the main stages of Alfieri’s biography: the years of study in the Savoy capital, the long European grand tour, the love passions and the decision to become a tragedian.