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...cycle through Monferrato

Sulle tracce (monferrine) di Cristoforo Colombo

Alessandria (49 km)
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Highlights and tour details

Starting from Alessandria station and cycling along several kilometres through the streets of the city, you reach San Salvatore Monferrato, the first and largest of the Monferrato comunes that will be crossed during this route, nestled in the hills of Alessandria.

Leaving the town behind us, the road that leads to San Salvatore passes through Clorio, along an almost entirely flat road with very little traffic and where we will soon begin the first climbs on this first leg. The presence of a high Palaeologan tower built in 1413 (visible from many kilometres away), reminds us of the many centuries it was under the rule of the Marquis of Monferrato.

Leaving the village, take the road that joins the next stage of the journey, Lu Monferrato. The few kilometres that separate the two villages are made up of trails along the ridge of the hills that divide the Alessandria plains (left) and a breath-taking panorama from the Maritime Alps to Monte Rosa.

According to some studies, Lu Monferrato has Roman origins but what is undoubtedly fascinating, is that this small village retains the traditions typical of Monferrato villages, such as wine production and more recently, hazelnuts. Once we ride through the village, we start another scenic route that connects Lu to Cuccaro, the third stop on our bike ride.

This stretch of road is fantastic from a naturalististic perspective, due to the vineyards and hazelnut trees on both sides of the hill, where you can enjoy breath-taking views from the north side.

The road to Cuccaro is downhill and as well as having the classic Monferrato features, this small village was (probably) the birthplace of the famous navigator Christopher Columbus. It is well worth a visit. In support of what is no longer a mere theory, are studies and documents that prove these important origins and if you book in advance you can visit the Museum of Colombian Studies (in the centre of the village) for a journey back in time to that of the first great modern explorations.

From here, we are halfway through our journey and after a short stretch of road out of the village, we continue along the only dirt road segment, for the most part, a gentle descent. The surrounding countryside is characterized by the presence of vineyards, hazelnuts and some sporadic farms, including Cascina Boemia (until recently owned by the legendary Baron Liedholm) and the Capra Regina farm, known throughout the area for its goats cheese. The road ends at the intersection with the main road that connects the villages of Fubine and Quargnento. Quargnento is our next stop. From this point on, the route is flat for the rest of our journey. As you approach this town, you will notice reproductions of Carlo Carra paintings, a well-known local Futurism painter. In this quaint little village, it is also definitely worth visiting the beautiful Basilica of San Dalmazio, located in the centre.

We reach the end of our journey along the last few kilometres that separate us from Alessandria where a visit to the Savoy Citadel (near the new Meyer bridge) is definitely recommended.

 


NB - To avoid the less pleasant last km of main road to San Michele (definitely the busiest section of the road and not really suitable for family or less experienced cyclists, take the alternative route through Alessandria: This could also be considered the start and finish of the route, along some back roads in the San Michele countryside. by Ivan Reitano

Points of interest

Alessandria: Santa Maria del Castello church (it is possible to visit underground if booked in advance; House of Savoy fortress
San Salvatore Monferrato: Torre Paleologa, 24 meters high

Lu Monferrato: Museum of sacred art inside the San Giacomo Church
Cuccaro Monferrato: Museum of centre of Columbian studies. To book a visit, contact the municipality of Cuccaro Monferrato between 9am and 1pm, including Saturdays at the following number: 0131 771928

Quargnento: Basilica of San Dalmazio

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
piazza Curiel
1512x Alessandria (AL)
Alessandria
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Arrival
piazzale Curiel
1512x Alessandria (AL)
Alessandria
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districts passed through
Alessandria, Fubine Monferrato, Lu Monferrato, Quargnento, San Salvatore Monferrato

Bike friendly facilities

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AcdB Museo - Alessandria città delle Biciclette
Alessandria | Museum
AcdB Museo - Alessandria città delle Biciclette
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 of the first …
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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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CASCINA NUOVA
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
CASCINA NUOVA
Agritourism Offer of overnight stay in rooms and / or housing units of the Organization of cultural, sports, recreational activities connected and integrated with the activities of the farm
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CASCINA TRAPELLA
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
CASCINA TRAPELLA
The main building dates to the 17th century. The recent renovation has preserved the original characteristics (solid brick vaults, use of tuff bricks and using ecological materials (cork insulation, doors and windows in larch wood). Surrounded by more than 5 hectares of land, partly used as a …
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DA TUNON
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
DA TUNON
The country inn is run by the younger generation who carry it forward. Believable. Tunon is one of those restaurants that passes down through the generations without aging. This venue is set in the shadow of the castle, with its great hall that lends itself well to ceremonies and is a true …
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HOTEL ALLI DUE BUOI ROSSI
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
HOTEL ALLI DUE BUOI ROSSI
Alli Due Buoi Rossi, a historic hotel in the center of Alexandria since 1741, is an ideal place to stay for business or tourism. Located 90 km from Milan, 80 km from Turin and 75 from Genova. Featuring 48 rooms, classic and superior, deluxe with hydro massage bath , and some rooms equipped to …
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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 - OSTELLO DI SANTA MARIA DI CASTELLO
Alessandria | Holidays Houses and Youth Hostels
IL CHIOSTRO - OSTELLO DI SANTA MARIA DI CASTELLO
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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LE BRACI
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
LE BRACI
In the rooms of a recently restored 18th century barn or on the summer dining deck, sheltered from the mosquitoes, diners are offered a wide selection of dishes. The star of the main course is the chargrilled meat accompanied by fresh vegetables, cheeses and delicious sauces.
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Marengo Museum
Alessandria | Museum
Marengo Museum
The path that led to the birth of the Marengo Museum is inextricably linked to the battlefield and, in particular, Villa Delavo; the historic and iconographic values contained therein, the reasons for its building in 1847, right on the battlefield, the role it played in the recuperation of the …
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Percorsi del Museo Civico di Palazzo Cuttica
Alessandria | Museum
Percorsi del Museo Civico di Palazzo Cuttica
The Civic collection was founded in 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 Palazzo Cuttica, an 18th century building, visitors can enjoy an Museum Trail …
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Sale d\'Arte Comunali di Alessandria
Alessandria | Museum
Sale d'Arte Comunali di Alessandria
The municipal art galleries are home to a collection of works of art which are bound together with their common links to the town of Alessandria, its district, its people and the cultural and historic events that have left their mark on the town. There are four sections. The first is titled The …
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