Highlights and tour details
Starting from P.za Mezzadra, climb to piazza del Popolo along via Roma, take Via Porro as far as the sailor monument. From there, to the right take the paved road downhill. After approximately 400 m, take the dirt road to the left downhill to reach provincial road SP 50 Casale - Altavilla. Turn right on the provincial road and after approximately 100 m take the unpaved road to the left (Regione Orti). After about 200 m, you arrive to provincial road SP 48 and turn left in the direction of Ottiglio, go along the old spa facility of Fons Salera and turn immediately left to take a small paved road uphill to Mongetto. From here, you can see the town of Frassinello on the right and a little further on you can enjoy a magnificent view of Vignale on the left: the scenery is spectacular! After 1350 m, from the provincial road SP48, having passed a large yellow farmhouse on the right, turn right onto the dirt trail and continue on it downhill for 300 m. Then take the flat trail on the left and follow the dirt road and, beyond the Rotaldo stream, resume SP 48 to the left to leave it after less than 50 m, taking a dirt trail on the right that you travel uphill for approximately 700 m to the town of Olivola. Cross the town from the Church of San Pietro to provincial road SP 42, then turn right following the paved road in the direction of Prera. From Prera, continue on the left on the paved road halfway up the slope for Ottiglio to the small fountain (900 m approximately from Prera) with a junction. Take the paved road to the right uphill to the town of Ottiglio. Having reached Ottiglio with a short deviation from the marked route you can visit the Church of San Germano (1761). Having reached provincial road SP47 (Via Mazza) turn right and continue uphill until on one bend you meet a road, paved in the first section, on the right where a sign indicates "valle dei frati". Follow the unpaved road on the right which travels along the ridge between the valley of Ottiglio and the valley dei Frati to reach Prera again. From here, continue to reach the upper limit of the quarry of Moleto and the paved municipal road in sight of the hamlet of Moleto. Having reached Moleto you can visit the Romanesque Church of S. Michele (1100).
Points of interest
Along the stage: Church of San Germano (1761), Romanesque Church of San Michele (1100). In Vignale Monferrato: Palazzo Vitale, Palazzo of Conti Callori, Civic Tower, Church of San Bartolomeo, Callori Castle, Porta Urbica, Casa del Serpentello, Church of the Addolarata, Park of Rimembranza.
Itinerary code: MIV
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Alessandria & Monferrato