Cycle routes

Seguendo il corso del Tanaro

Alessandria (40 km)
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Highlights and tour details

 

 

The river guides us on a 40 km ring along the Tanaro, on both the flat and up hills, riding on levees and quiet roads. It is the perfect way to enjoy Alessandria, the city of bicycles. We leave the station of Alessandria on the left, continuing west; at the second roundabout (0.4 km) turn right to follow the cycle path that - albeit with interruptions - will lead us out of the town; at the roundabout of Largo Catania (1.5 km) turn right and continue to the next, where we turn left; following viale Milite Ignoto we reach the Forlanini bridge over the Tanaro river (4.0).

We leave the quiet main road and follow alongside it by the river towards Montecastello; on the left, up a steep hill, is the castle that surveys the surrounding territory from the top of the Monferrato hills. We cross the village, and as we leave it, climb one and a half kilometres to the hamlet of San Bernardo. From here, the most scenic stretch of the route begins, a gentle up and down among the cherry tree hills: on the left the valley of Fiondi, on the right the low Tanaro valley and in the distance, the Po valley.

 

We go down to Rivarone; it is well worth a stop in the park on the Tanaro river (17:40 km).

We leave the village and turn right on the busy main road from Valencia to Sale, which takes us to the Tanaro bridge. It can be a dangerous stretch because of all the traffic but is unfortunately inevitable. Immediately after the bridge, we leave the main road to go down the embankment dirt track that after about two kilometres leads us to Piovera. At the second hydrometric station, leave the embankment and turn left in the direction of the village. (20 km). It is worth visiting the medieval castle and the museum of contemporary sculpture.

We leave the village to re-join the embankment along an attractive avenue of blackthorns towards the Musona estate: in the background, we can still see the castle of Montecastello. After two kilometres of dirt road (in times easy, occasionally less so) we reach Fonti di Lobbi, where once upon a time people came to drink the curative waters but where today there is a trattoria (restaurant). Leave the embankment and turn left onto the paved road that leads us to Lobbi. Go through the village and take the main road from Sale to Alessandria (30 km), go past the flyover, the toll gate, and immediately after the petrol station turn right on a road that leads us into Castelceriolo. We follow it all the way through the village, where we turn right in the direction of the cemetery on the road, Grilla. Following alongside the bank of the Bormida, we go 5 km to the SS 10 from Marengo to Alessandria. We continue cautiously along this busy stretch of road, cross the bridge over the Bormida, (37.5 km), pass under the ring road - on the left Napoleon’s majestic Sycamore tree - and safely reach a kind of cycle path which, albeit with interruptions, takes us back to where we started. After about one kilometre, at the traffic lights, turn left and take the track in the middle of the avenue, following it straight on, we reach the station: around 40 km in all. Claudio Pasero and Daniela Pestarino

Points of interest

Comune of Alessandria website and read here Alessandria, city of the bicycle
Pietra Marazzi website
Piovera website
Hamlet of Castelceriolo Read here
Comune of Montecastello and its medieval castle Read here

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure and arrival
piazza eugenio curiel
1512x Alessandria (AL)
Alessandria
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districts passed through
Alessandria, Montecastello, Piovera

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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