Alessandria & Monferrato
The Acqui and Ovada valleys that go up the Apennines to the border with Liguria, the artistic and cultural heritage of Alessandria, the vineyards and the Infernot of Monferrato, the hills of Novi and Tortona, rich in historical, cultural and enogastronomic traditions, including chocolate, wine, focaccia, amaretti (almond biscuits) and baci di dama (lady's kisses).
Alessandria has a natural vocation for cycling, thanks also to Novi Ligure, the native town of Coppi and Girardengo, to whom the largest European museum on history and legends of the bicycle is dedicated. The roads run along the plains, up and down hills, with some breathtaking views along the way; these same roads where the natural training area for the first two great champions of epic cycling. Going along them on foot or by bicycle, you can come across crystal-clear streams, woods full of wildlife, golf courses and equipped sports centres. In an instant you will pass by castles, medieval fortresses, Roman settlements and modern shopping centres, such as the Serravalle Scrivia Outlet, combining history and culture with shopping.
The territory of the valleys is perfect for those who love extreme sports, who can tackle the narrow twists of the Pertuso river gorge by canoe or challenge themselves with trekking, rock climbing or parachute jumping.
The spellbinding natural resources can be enjoyed along routes in protected areas or from observation points set up in the parks. Cycle tourism, trekking and birdwatching enthusiasts or simple tourists will be enthused with the three provincial parks: the Capanne di Marcarolo Natural Regional Park, between Liguria and Piedmont; the Special Reserve of the Sacro Monte di Crea, in Monferrato Casalese, created around a place of ancient spirituality; the Protected Areas of the Po River which, in addition to the banks of the longest river in Italy, cover the confluence area of the three river basins of Sesia, Tanaro and Scrivia.
The territory is also famous for its hospitality: numerous hotels, restaurants and agritourism farmhouses are available to tourists who wish to experience the colours and true flavours of these lands.
The cities of Alessandria, Acqui Terme, Casale Monferrato, Novi Ligure, Ovada, Tortona and Valenza are ideal departure points to discover and rediscover the peculiarities scattered throughout the territory all year round.