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Itinerario Castellania Oropa - Tappa 1 Da Acqui Terme a Ovada

da Acqui Terme a Ovada (30 km)
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Highlights and tour details

An itinerary of 320 km that connects the hills of Monferrato to the Sanctuary of Oropa in the Biella area. Eight stages, all with departures and arrivals from areas  served by the railway line allowing you to take advantage of  the train + bike service.

A short route  in the hills of Monferrato, but one which  we can stretch with pleasure to visit the many castles that overlook the hills. We start from Acqui Terme, where we have the opportunity to visit the Villa Ottolenghi, the Paleologi Castle, which now houses the Archaeological Museum and the remains of a Roman aqueduct.

After  following  a couple of kilometers of undulating hills, the first opportunity to put yourself to the test presents itself just  after the fork for Morsasco: following the SP 456 up to Prasco  and its 12th century castle, surrounded by hanging gardens (r/t  5.7 km) .

After the first slightly undulating kilometers, at  fork  for Morsasco   is the first opportunity is presented to get tired: we can continue on the SP 456 to go up towards Prasco.

Going uphill  towards the small village of Morsasco, dominated by the Castle which is accessed along a narrow road, and descending  to Madonna Uvallare, where we can deviate from the original route to visit the Orsara Bormida Castle and its three towers from different eras (r/ t  4.2 km).

The route continues towards Trisobbio, one of the oldest villages of Monferrato, where the castle is well worth a visit. A gentle descent leads us to Carpeneto, which also has a Castle (not open to visitors), from here we follow the scenic Strada Costa up to Santo Stefano  where we can make the third and final detour of the day to visit the Cremolino Castle , from which you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the Alto Monferrato (r/t  4.8 km).

A long descent leads  to Ovada to the welcoming  splendid Park of Villa Schella.  If you have followed all the suggested detours, you would have covered 45.2 km.

Note: Pay attention at the exit from Acqui Terme in the first section of the SP of Turchino which has  a narrow roadway. Just passed Trisobbio, at the junction for Carpeneto  - Mountainbikers  can go along the path of the Percorso Verde  - ‘Green Route’, which starts from an equipped rest area.

 

Points of interest

Tourist info for this stage: ATL Alexala - IAT Acqui Terme - IAT Ovada

 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Stazione ferroviaria
15011 Acqui Terme (AL)
Alessandria
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Arrival
Stazione ferroviaria
15076 Ovada (AL)
Alessandria
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Bike friendly facilities

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