Cycle routes

La strada panoramica del Monferrato

Crescentino (48,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

The route, which is not particularly difficult, winds along the "panoramic road of Monferrato", between plains and hills. Starting from Crescentino, continue for Verrua and along the Po to Trino, then returning through the panoramic hilly route.

Points of interest

The route, which is not particularly difficult, winds along the "scenic route of Monferrato", between plains and hills. All  you need to be is a good pedaller as a large part of it is on flat ground.

Departing from Crescentino (Piazza Garibaldi) follow the signs for Verrua Savoia, after about 1 km turn left at the sign "Percorso Cicloturistico". After about 1 km on asphalt, you reach the gravel embankment for about 1.3 km. Go down the embankment, turn to the left and cross a village called "Porzioni".

At the next junction turn right, and after about 200 m. right again onto a dirt road.

Continue on this country road until the bank of Fontanetto Po, go right, then take the first road on the right or the other road further on always to the right. Continue on until you arrive close to the river, turn left, continue on and after a bend to the left a straight road starts at approximately 400m where we will have to turn right. The road takes us back up the embankment to the right and we will go along it for another 3 km before leaving it turning a sharp left onto asphalt, then turn right and continue until the entrance of the "E. Fermi " power station; enter the avenue and after 140 m. cross it turning left. We are on a gravel road that leads to the asphalt road SS (state road) of Pontestura (from Trino to Camino).

 

We go right and cross the bridge over the River Po. Continue until you find the sign for "Zizano 1" on the right. 

Once in Zizano, turn right and continue to a white road uphill on the left which, initially quite easy, is steep in the final stretch. The road ends at the gates of the Castle of Camino where, back on the asphalt, turn right.

Finally a well-deserved downhill stretch.

Cycling towards Castel San Pietro [1]; At the entrance of the village, on the right follow the road uphill, follow the sign for the BIG BENCH which is at approx. 500 m (you must go and sit on it to admire the panorama). There is also a PicNic area. The road is initially stony but it becomes grassy and we will clear the hill continuing without any detour to reach the asphalted road. Crossing the road, continue straight uphill following the sign "Ristorante Monti - Isolengo di Camino", until the crossroads and go right onto the "Strada Panoramica della Monferrato". (Scenic route of Monferrato)

For a few kilometers you can enjoy the beautiful panorama that sweeps from the plains to the Alps. Once in Cantavenna, we recommend you go behind the church to see the view towards the River Po; back on the road, if it is a clear day, the view reaches all the way to  Monviso. Going downill you arrive in Gabiano where the "scenic route" ends, at the stop sign, turn right for “Crescentino – Villamiroglio”, following the descent to  "Piagera".

 [2] Leaving Piagera there is a Petrol station on the left, just after it to the right is the start of the climb to the embankment that runs to the left for 2 km; you get back on the asphalted road  and continue up to a tunnel and, turning right, you cross the River Po, reaching the starting point: Crescentino.

[1] Asphalt Variation - At Castel San Pietro to avoid the dirt road, continue on asphalt for about 1.5 km until you reach a crossroads. Turn right for "Rocca delle Donne", at the next stop sign, turn left and follow the sign "ristorante Monti - Isolengo di Camino", until you meet and turn right into the “Strada Panoramica del Monferrato”. (Scenic route of Monferrato)

2] Asphalt variation - From Piagera. Continue on the asphalted road for a few km. You arrive to a tunnel, turn right, go over the River Po, and you are back at the starting point: Crescentino.

Updated on 20_12_2020

Claudio Trombin 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
piazza Garibaldi
13044 Crescentino (VC)
Vercelli
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Accomodation and services

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Agriturismo Cà  San Sebastiano
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Agriturismo Cà  San Sebastiano
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B&B Villadeati \
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CANONICA DI CORTERANZO
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Castello di Gabiano
Alessandria | Castles, Fortresses
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La Villa di Pa\'- Affitacamere
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LOCANDA DELL\'ARTE
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