Cycle routes

Pedalando lungo il fiume Tanaro

Alessandria (41 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: Chiesa di Santa Maria del Castello it is possible to visit underground if booked in advance; House of Savoy fortress
Rivarone: Park on the river Tanaro with river mooring 
Piovera:  14th century Visconteo Castle
Spinetta Marengo: Museum of the battle of Marengo (museum is accesibile via a little detour towards the end of the tour and prior to booking)

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.

 Please note: 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 waterproof jacket.  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
Temporarily closed 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 which embraces the early years of national unity and reaches as far as World War I. AcdB tells the story …
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AGRITURISMO \
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
AGRITURISMO "RA MANSENA"
The Agriturismo is situated in the Po park, 200 metres from the confluence of the river Tanaro. It offers its guests: full board, breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation in a double room, with the possibility to add third or fourth beds, single rooms; - traditional Piedmont cuisine made with …
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B&B VALLARA
Alessandria | Bed & Breakfast
B&B VALLARA
B&B in an ancient castle of Monferrato. Go back in time to discover the traditions, tastes and aromas of the surrounding countryside. Relax and enjoy the magnificent grounds, with its vegetable garden and splendid view across the hills. Betta welcomes you to her home with the warmth and …
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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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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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HOTEL DIAMANTE ALESSANDRIA
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
HOTEL DIAMANTE ALESSANDRIA
Well connected to the center of Alessandria, the Diamante 4 star hotel is easily accessible from the motorway. Comfort, pleasure and relaxation in the Gran Sonno rooms and Suites, professionalism, bright ambience, benevolence, strategic location, cozy rooms and suites. Our restaurant "Bamboo" to …
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HOTEL LONDRA
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
HOTEL LONDRA
The Hotel Londra is housed in a historical and impressive 19th century building. Its central position, close to the station, law courts, offices, theatre, university, major tourists attractions, historic buildings, sites of cultural and architectural importance and museums (Cittadella, Museo del …
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Il Chiostro Hostel and Hotel
Alessandria | Holidays Houses and Youth Hostels
Il Chiostro Hostel and Hotel
The Santa Maria di Castello hostel is a member of the Italian youth hostel association (AIG). It 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 …
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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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Marengo Museum
Alessandria | Museum
Marengo Museum
Temporarily closed 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 …
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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 hatmakers 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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Palatium Vetus
Alessandria | Museum
Palatium Vetus
Temporarily closed Palatium Vetus, now home to Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Alessandria, is the first municipal building of the city of Alessandria and preserves important traces of medieval history. The Gae Aulenti architectural firm managed its restoration, enhancing the historic structure, …
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Percorsi del Museo Civico di Palazzo Cuttica
Alessandria | Museum
Percorsi del Museo Civico di Palazzo Cuttica
Temporarily closed 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 people of Alessandria. In the rooms of the 18th century Palazzo …
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Ra Mansena
Alessandria | Rooms to let
Ra Mansena
The Agriturismo is situated in the Po park, 200 metres from the confluence of the river Tanaro. It offers its guests: full board, breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation in a double room, with the possibility to add third or fourth beds, single rooms; - traditional Piedmont cuisine made with …
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Sale d\'Arte Comunali di Alessandria
Alessandria | Museum
Sale d'Arte Comunali di Alessandria
Temporarily closed The art galleries present an exhibition of works that share their connection to the city of Alessandria, its territory, its people and the cultural and historic events that have left their mark. There are four sections: The first is titled “The Rooms of King Arthur and the …
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