Highlights and tour details
This route winds through the plains and the hills. From Casale, climbing up the hills that dominate the river Po rising up to Camino, dominated by the ancient manor house dating back to the year 1000 and then downhill to the plains along the Po riverbank.
Points of interest
This route winds through the plains and hills departing from Casale Monferrato in Piazza Castello. Take Via XX Settembre in the direction of Coniolo - Pontestura, pass the Lanza Canal and former Eternit factory, currently under remediation. At the bend after the church take the uphill road on the left, a scenic road with a beautiful view of the city, the surrounding area and the Alpine arch.
Continuing downhill you go back to the road for Coniolo – Pontestura. At the stop we will turn left downhill and then with a short uphill climb arrive at “Regione Torcello”. Stay on the right and go past "Golfino" and the "Motonautica Associazione Casalese". At the next junction keep right (gravel road) and after about 1.3 km. on the left is a tarmac road leading to "Coniolo Bricco".
Go through the village, passed the church and the Belvedere for another panoramic view and fill your water bottles up at the fountain. Go around the church and graveyard to take the road leading to Pontestura (for those who want a harder stretch, at the crossroads turn right after about 350 m; on the left, NOTE a short steep downhill gravel road turn and continue straight on the next short and steep uphill climb, arriving onto the Coniolo - Pontestura road. After a few meters turn right onto the tarmac uphill road to the agriturismo "Cascina Smeralda". At the end of the climb continue on a dirt road and then downhill through the vineyards to go back on the road for Pontestura), turn right on the tarmac road to reach Pontestura at Raviolificio Bruno turn right and then take the first left passing by the Carabinieri barracks, the church and at the stop sign go right for "via Trino". Leaving the village, the road becomes a dirt road, turn left uphill, go along the ridge of the hill and after a series of up and downhill sections you arrive in Camino In piazza "del Peso".
Turn right for S. S. Pontestura, a downhill road with wide bends, and go over the bridge on the Po. After about 380/400 m. turn right onto a gravel road and then keep to the left until reaching Pobietto, (see the notes about visiting).
Leave Pobietto passing by the museum and continue up to the overpass and then onto the riverbank where after a few meters we see the S. S. del Monferrato. Stay on the river bank.
Once you reach Morano sul Po, you can take a ride around the village and then go back to the embankment. Go left towards Casale Monferrato and at the end of the riverbank turn right and go over the bridge on the Po. Turn right or go along Lungo Po until crossing the ring road which takes you back to the starting point in Piazza Castello.
(itinerary geomapped by Claudio Trombin)
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
15033 Casale Monferrato (AL)
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