Bicycle tourism

Cycling along the River Tanaro

Alessandria (40,70 km)
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Highlights and tour details

Starting from Alessandria station and cycling a few km through the town’s streets, we reach the Orti area where, immediately after crossing the bridge over the Tanaro river and turning right, we begin the magical journey along the bank. After a few km we reach Pavone di Alessandria, a hamlet of Pietra Marazzi, a tiny village in the Monferrato hills where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the main rivers of Alessandria: Tanaro and Bormida. With the Tanaro river on our right, this stretch of the journey is not flat but beautifully hilly and tarmacked, with very little traffic. It is a short climb (a few kilometres) to the highest point of the entire route, and here, surrounded by the Monferrato hills, you must stop near the small village of Fiondi di Bassignana.

The next long descent will take us to our next stop: Rivarone, where you can stop off on the river Tanaro, the picturesque setting of this small town situated on the banks of the river and behind, the hills and cherry trees that are characteristic of this area.


The road we will cycle along from here is a short stretch of the main road Valencia – Sale, which is always very busy so pay close attention, especially at the bridge over the river Tanaro. After the bridge, we will go back along the safer banks of the Tanaro. The flat and the river landscape will accompany us until we return to Alessandria. After about 2 km along Alessandrian riverbank, known for its beautiful castle, a rarity built in the 14th century, we reach Piovera, an Alessandrian village under the Visconti of Milan. The castle is now part of the event Open Castles and really is worth a visit.

Our journey continues along the banks, but before arriving in Alessandria, we will pass through Lobbi and Castelceriolo, small and quaint Alessandrian villages, still very much connected to a strong agricultural tradition. Along the banks you can easily spot many herons typical of this fluvial environment and, at the village of Castelceriolo, numerous brown tourist signs remind us that this area was the backdrop to the famous and epic battle of Marengo, 14th June 1800, the battle that saw Napoleon finally defeat the Austrians at the gates of Alessandria. From Castelceriolo we begin a 5km stretch in open countryside along the right bank of the Bormida, the second river of Alessandria, and at the end of this stretch, we join the SS 10, which takes us from Marengo to Alessandria, just 3 km away. The stretch of SS 10 that we will take is always very busy; therefore please pay attention so that you can complete the journey safely. The tour ends near the train station, where we started, and for the last few kilometres, we can cycle safely along the bike path through the city. Ivan Reitano

Points of interest

Alessandria: Church of Santa Maria del Castello (the underground areas may be visited on request); Savoy fortress
Rivarone: Park on the river Tanaro with river mooring 
Piovera:  14th century Visconti Castle
Spinetta Marengo: Museum of the battle of Marengo (museum is accessible via a small detour towards the end of the tour and  can be visited by appointment)

Nota Bene

Dedicated signage: not present,  at the intersections it is necessary to follow the directions to places indicated in the description of the route. In addition, it is advisable to use a guide who knows the area well and will be aware of any changes to the route that may have varied since Piemontebike.eu  carried out verification surveys and updates.

 

Recommendations:

Wear your helmet at all times, even when not obligatory.  Before setting off, make sure you inform someone of your intended route.  If possible, take a GPS device, mobile phone and a bottle of water with you and if it is a long distance route, take snacks.  Wear suitable clothing, preferably layers, and make sure you have a windproof rain cape to keep in your jersey pocket.  Always wear padded shorts.  Comfort is essential if you are to enjoy the journey to the full. 

 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure and arrival
piazza Curiel
1512x Alessandria (AL)
Alessandria
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districts passed through
Alessandria
Note
The route is easy but pay attention to the 2 busiest tracts on the provincial roads

Accomodation and services

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AcdB Museo - Alessandria città delle Biciclette
Alessandria | Museum
AcdB Museo - Alessandria città delle Biciclette
The museum Alessandria Città delle Biciclette (AcdB) is a tribute to the primary role which the city and the province of Alessandria played during the heroic age of cycling that embraces the early years of national unity and reaches as far as World War I. AcdB tells the story of the first …
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Al Mulino
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Al Mulino
Located in the San Michele suburb of Alessandria, 200m from the Alessandria Ovest tollbooth on the A21 motorway, Al Mulino hotel and restaurant offers spacious soundproofed rooms and free parking. Inside an ancient mill, which has been fully renovated, the rooms boast a modern design and feature …
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BIKE POINT MONFERRATO
Alessandria | More
BIKE POINT MONFERRATO
Following the renovation work, the arcades of piazza Caduti will be re-opened and cycle tourists can use the equipment installed under the arches. This is the first “Bike Point Monferrato”, the first facility equipped with useful services for those who love to explore the hills by bike and …
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Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Paolo
Alessandria | Catholic Church
Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Paolo
The current facade dates from the 19th century, but the origin is medieval, as witnessed by the small Romanesque sculpture in the corner on the left, which, according to tradition, depicts Gagliaudo Aulari (in truth it is an Atlas). After the destruction of the old Cathedral by Napoleon, the …
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Chiesa SS. Trinità da Lungi
Alessandria | Sacred Sites
Chiesa SS. Trinità da Lungi
The Church of SS. Trinità da Lungi was built by the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross of Mortara around 1130, probably inside a monastery complex. Notwithstanding the remodelling and tampering with the original structure, above all in the 18th century (and includes the vaulted roof), the church …
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CITTADELLA
Alessandria | Castles, Fortresses
CITTADELLA
The Citadel of Alessandria was built as a result of the Treaty of the Alliance League, stipulated in 1703, during the War of the Spanish Succession, between the Emperor of Austria and Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy: the provinces of Alessandria and Valenza and the lands situated between the …
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FEDEBIKE SERVICE (ciclofficina)
Alessandria | More
FEDEBIKE SERVICE (ciclofficina)
Specialised bicycle repair shop. Repair and maintenance of all kinds of bikes/e-bikes, training courses in cycling mechanics.
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Hotel Alli Due Buoi Rossi
Alessandria | Accommodation
Hotel Alli Due Buoi Rossi
4 star Hotel in a historic residence This 4 star hotel in Alessandria dates back to 1741 and is the oldest in the city. It is located in the historic centre, just a few metres from the Cathedral, piazza della Libertà and the shopping streets. It has 48 finely furnished bedrooms, free Wi-Fi and …
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Hotel Alli Due Buoi Rossi
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Alli Due Buoi Rossi
This 4 star hotel in Alessandria dates back to 1741 and is the oldest in the city. It is located in the historic centre, just a few metres from the Cathedral, piazza della Libertà and the shopping streets. It has 48 finely furnished bedrooms, free Wi-Fi and SKY TV, 2 meeting rooms and …
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Hotel Diamante
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Diamante
Hotel Diamante is situated in a strategic position just a few km from the Motorway Tollbooth of Alessandria Est on the A21 and just one hour by car from the cities of Milan, Turin and Genoa. 20 km from the McArthur Glen Outlet of Serravalle, it is also an excellent starting point to discover …
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Hotel Londra
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Londra
Hotel Londra is a historical hotel obtained from a prestigious early 20th century building. We are located in the city centre, just a few steps from the Railway Station, Law Courts, financial and institutional offices, Alessandrino Theatre, University, close to the major tourist attractions, …
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Hotel Londra S.R.L.
Alessandria | Accommodation
Hotel Londra S.R.L.
Hotel Londra is set in a prestigious building of the early years of the century. Centrally located, just a short distance from the Railway Station, the Court, the financial and institutional offices, the Theatre and the University, we are close to the major tourist sites, historic buildings, …
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Il Chiostro - Ostello di Santa Maria di Castello
Alessandria | Holidays Houses and Youth Hostels
Il Chiostro - Ostello di Santa Maria di Castello
The Santa Maria di Castello hostel is situated in a sixteenth century cloister that encloses a beautiful lawn, in the oldest part of the city. The geographical location of Alessandria makes it an excellent base from which to discover the Monferrato. The beautiful hillsides full of vineyards, …
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Ivan Reitano
Alessandria | Tour guides enabled for the province of Alessandria
Ivan Reitano
Cycle tour guide; Tourist guide; Environmental tour guide; tourist guide;Teacher for professional Mapper training centers
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Le Cicale
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Le Cicale
Another leap forward for this modern trattoria set in a country home with garden and outdoor dining area in summer. The Molinari brothers have made this place, secluded and not far from the city, what could be called an oasis of good taste, characterised by elegance, genuine tastes and several …
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L’Arcimboldo
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
L’Arcimboldo
Refined and cosy restaurant in the city centre, which serves local and seasonal cuisine. We start with a flan with Parmesan leaves and asparagus cream, tagliolini with Barolo meat sauce, potato gnocchi with santoreggia pesto. The second course dishes are thinly sliced Piedmontese beef with …
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Marengo Museum
Alessandria | Museum
Marengo Museum
On 14th June 1800, Napoleon Bonaparte wins one of his most important battles in Marengo, remembered also at the Arc de Triomphe of Paris. The Museum is at the centre of the battlefield, close to the village of Marengo, in a Villa built in 1847 as a monument to the Emperor. The mural paintings on …
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Museo del Cappello Borsalino - in restauro
Alessandria | Museum
Museo del Cappello Borsalino - in restauro
Borsalino’s story goes back more than 150 years and the company is now one of the most prestigious hat makers in the world and a synonym for Made in Italy, being the jewel in the crown of Alessandria’s spectrum of businesses. Situated in the Sala Campione of Palazzo Borsalino, the Museum is …
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Osteria del Vinacciolo
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Osteria del Vinacciolo
If we had to draw a map of the restaurants that have stood the test of time, this tavern serving Ligurian-Friulan cuisine would have a place. It has done so for the originality of the food and for the expertise of Francesca (in the dining room) and of Fabrizio Marini (in the kitchen), …
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Palatium Vetus
Alessandria | Museum
Palatium Vetus
Palatium Vetus, now home to Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Alessandria, is the first municipal building of the town of Alessandria and preserves important traces of medieval history. The Gae Aulenti architectural firm managed its restoration, enhancing the historic structure, allowing legibility …
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Percorsi del Museo Civico di Palazzo Cuttica
Alessandria | Museum
Percorsi del Museo Civico di Palazzo Cuttica
The origin of the civic museum of Alessandria dates back to 1854 when a local solicitor, Antonio Maria Viecha, donated his collection of paintings, sketches and drawings by the painter Giovanni Migliara to the town. In the rooms of the 18th century Palazzo Cuttica, in the heart of the town …
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Ra Mansena
Alessandria | Rooms to let
Ra Mansena
The Agriturismo is situated in the Po River Park, 200 metres from the confluence of the River Tanaro. It offers guests: - full board, breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight accommodation in double rooms with the possibility to add a third and fourth bed, single rooms; - Piedmontese cuisine made …
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Ra Mansena
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Ra Mansena
The Agriturismo is situated in the Po River Park, 200 metres from the confluence of the River Tanaro. It offers guests: - full board, breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight accommodation in double rooms with the possibility to add a third and fourth bed, single rooms; - Piedmontese cuisine made …
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Sale d\'Arte Comunali di Alessandria
Alessandria | Museum
Sale d'Arte Comunali di Alessandria
The art rooms present a collection of works that share a link with the town of Alessandria, its territory, its people and the historical and cultural moments that have left their mark. There are four sections: The first is titled “The Rooms of King Arthur and the image of Medieval …
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San Carlo
Alessandria | Catholic Church
San Carlo
Built by the testamentary wishes of Maddalena Trotti, the first stone of the parish Church of San Carlo was laid in 1631. The building of the church, dedicated officially to Saints Carlo and Anna, is a slow process: the war events of the time cause repeated interruptions in the construction work …
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San Martino
Alessandria | Catholic Church
San Martino
Probably the oldest church of Castellazzo Bormida, founded before the year 1000. The earliest reliable data on the church are dated 1106, in a document stipulated "in locum gamundii, in platea s. martini"; the capitals by the altar, recently brought back to light, and the stylised lions in the …
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Santa Maria della Corte
Alessandria | Sacred Sites
Santa Maria della Corte
The parish church of Santa Maria della Corte is mentioned for the first time in 1005, belonging to the “curte regia Gamundii” of Roman origin and then Longobard capital which will become Castellacium from the 14th century . The suffix that accompanies the title of Holy Mary, della “Corte” …
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Villa Gropella
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Villa Gropella
Villa Gropella is located in Valenza in the green countryside that opens to the Monferrato hills. Guests are accommodated in the main villa surrounded by the rustic courtyard and a centuries-old park of 4 hectares. The atmosphere is that of an ancient residence readapted to meet modern needs. …
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