Bicycle tourism

The Scotch Broom Route

da Ponzone a Acqui Terme (12,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

The path of the broom is a classic Acquese route. From the private road that leads to Cascina Le Piagge, turn left onto the country road. Continue downhill and then along some gentle ups and downs for about 2 km, until you reach the Valley Croce crossroads.

On the left, take the tarmacked road that winds downhill through the woods for a short distance. At the edge of the woods, the tarmacked road ends and continues along a dirt road, with gentle ups and downs, and surrounded by colourful broom bushes.

The narrow road follows the crest of the hill amongst vineyards. Crossing the minor tarmacked road once again, continue on the left after a few hundred meters until you reach the small but quaint old town of Ovrano (hamlet of Acqui Terme). Here you can visit the impressive castle.

After a quick break, continue along the path marked with the number 531. The road is white and wide, with a view of the town of Acqui Terme.

The descent takes us to the spa area. On the final part of the journey, you can take the tarmacked road to avoid a beautiful, although slightly steeper, stretch through the woods.

Once at the spa area, cross the bridge located on the side of the Roman arches until you reach the centre of the town. Here you can visit the old town, la Bollente, the Paleologi Castle and the main pedestrian street. Return by minibus. By Giuseppe Rossi

Points of interest

Acqui Terme: historical centre, La bollente, Paleologi Museum, Roman Arches, Thermal baths: read all

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.  It is advisable to use a guide who knows the area well and will be aware of any changes to the route, which may have varied from the last update by Pimeonteciclabile.com

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Ponzone
15010 Ponzone (AL)
Alessandria
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Arrival
15011 Acqui Terme (AL)
Alessandria
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Accomodation and services

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Agriturismo La Rossa
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Agriturismo La Rossa
Agriturismo La Rossa is the ideal place to spend unforgettable moments with your family, organise delightful outdoor work meetings, dedicate yourself to moments of total relaxation, taste the local cuisine in the restaurant or do some “Farm Experience”, dedicated to those in search of new …
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Cacciatori
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Cacciatori
This is one our favourite trattorias. The standards here are very high, thanks also to the transmission of culinary knowledge across three generations who have worked elbow to elbow. We are in an isolated Apennine village and yet the Milano family have never stood still. Prestigious painters have …
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Da Fausto
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Da Fausto
Even Renzo Piano has fallen in love with this location just above Acqui Terme, which marks the maturity of Fausto and Rosella Ivaldi, who, together with their daughter Gaia, a sommelier, are a couple with the restaurant business in their blood. Overall, the location looks like a relais and the …
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Grand Hotel Nuove Terme
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Grand Hotel Nuove Terme
The Grand Hotel Nuove Terme is a local hotel with a historical and unique charm. The magnificent hall, the historic bar "Caffè delle Terme", the reading and dining rooms and the common areas are all rigorously furnished in the original style. The 139 rooms include 3 Suites, 7 junior suites, …
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Hotel Acqui
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Hotel Acqui
The restaurant is divided into three dining rooms and, aside from the tables and small armchairs, it is also furnished with comfortable quilted benches. Our food is based exclusively on high quality raw materials that we carefully select and work to prepare tasty meals for a truly healthy cuisine. …
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Hotel Ariston
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Ariston
The Ariston Hotel, situated in the heart of the city, faces onto a beautiful pedestrian square directly in front of the spa facilities. The services are provided with courtesy and hospitality, in a family atmosphere and managed directly by the owners, so ideal for your spa holiday and for weekends …
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I Caffi
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
I Caffi
Acqui is beautiful and the food here is delicious. A great reason for taking off, going for a stroll around the town and then looking for the Pisterna district. Having taken up residence over the past couple of years in this noble building, this legendary restaurant took its first steps in …
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IAT Informazione Accoglienza Turistica Acqui Terme
Alessandria | More
IAT Informazione Accoglienza Turistica Acqui Terme
The office is open all year at the following times: Tuesday to Friday 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00 Saturday 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.30 Sunday 9.00-13.00 Closed Mondays www.turismo.comuneacqui.it / facebook.com/visitacquiterme.it
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La Bicicletteria
Alessandria | Rent a bike, motorcycle, quad
La Bicicletteria
Sale, repair and rental of bicycles for adults and children, road bicycles, mountain bikes and e-bikes EBIKE
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La Curia
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
La Curia
The restaurant is a short distance from piazza della Bollente, the picturesque site of this beautiful spa town. The rooms have kept the antique architectural structure, guaranteeing harmony between elegance and tradition. The hospitality is impeccable. The wine selection is superior, as are the …
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La Teca Easy Gourmet
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
La Teca Easy Gourmet
La Teca Bistagno on Corso Italia offers simple and genuine cuisine served in a gourmet manner. Local products and traditional dishes are the protagonists in an elegant and sparkling ambience full of surprising details. All the ingredients of La Teca Bistagno on Corso Italia are lightened and …
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Le Fontane
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Le Fontane
The Grand Hotel Nuove Terme features a restaurant on the ground floor with view of the arcades of the old town centre of Acqui Terme. The Restaurant “Le Fontane” is divided into a number of small dining rooms to ensure moments of privacy. Daily a la carte menu. The protagonists are the local …
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Oliveri Funghi
Alessandria | More
Oliveri Funghi
In the heart of Southern Monferrato the Olivieri family has been passionately dedicated for generations to the production of local food products respecting the Piedmontese tradition. The selection of the raw material, the manual work and the consolidated experience result in high- quality …
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Ristorante Malò
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Ristorante Malò
This destination is definitely worth the trip. You are in Ponzone, a village in the Apennines that is reached by climbing from Acqui Terme. The journey lasts for several kilometres, knowing that slowly you will reach the village that gave birth to the filetto baciato (gourmet salami from …
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Please note that the routes may include some sections where there is traffic.
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