Among the lands of Aleramo knight… trekking tasted like Ruchè and Barbera wines

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First day. Starting point: MONTEMAGNO. Next stops-over: VIARIGI – CASORZO – GRAZZANO BADOGLIO. Length of route: around 15 km. Duration by walking: around 4 hours. Second day. Starting point: GRAZZANO BADOGLIO. Next stops-over: MONCALVO – CASTELLETTO MERLI. Length of route: around 9 km. Duration by walking: around 2 hours and half.

Possibility to make the transfer from Grazzano Badoglio to Moncalvo and later up to Castelletto Merli by bus or by car.

First day – Alternative route. Starting point: GRANA. Next stops-over: CASTAGNOLE MONFERRATOMONTEMAGNOVIARIGI CASORZO. Length of route: around 20 km. Duration by walking: around 7 hours. Next day, leaving from Casorzo, you can continue the route. Crossing the town in the WESTERN direction, after two bends of the main road, you can find the path which leads to the village of Grazzano Badoglio and continue the walk choosing one of these itineraries.

Second day – Alternative route n. 1. Starting point: GRAZZANO BADOGLIO. Next stops-over: MONCALVO – CIOCCARO LOCALITY (Penango). Length of route: around 8,5 km. Duration by walking: around 2 hours and half

Possibility to make the transfer from Grazzano Badoglio to Moncalvo and later up to Cioccaro by bus or by car.

Second day – Alternative route n. 2. Starting point: GRAZZANO BADOGLIO. Next stops-over: MONCALVO – ALFIANO NATTA (Casarello Locality). Length of route: around 12,5 km. Duration by walking: around 3 hours and half.

Possibility to make the transfer from Grazzano Badoglio to Moncalvo and later up to Alfiano Natta by bus or by car.

Second day – Alternative route n. 3. Starting point: GRAZZANO BADOGLIO. Next stop – over: MONCALVO (Strada Casale). Length of route: around 9,5 km circa.Duration by walking: around 3 hours.

Possibility to make the transfer from Grazzano Badoglio to Moncalvo by bus or by car.

First day. Arrival at Monferrato Hills in early morning. The walk starts from the village of Montemagno, which is famous as the birthplace of “grissia”, the traditional bread from Monferrato, with its characteristic double spiral shape. The village preserved the original medieval urban drawing, where the ancient 13 alleys and the majestic castle are still visible. The neoclassical parish church is called “Trinità dei Monti” and will surprise You thanks to the great staircase in Cumiana stone which gives to visitors coming in the main square an unexpected impression. From the village You can take the path crossing Bric Pievano locality which leads to Viarigi, with the famous sighting tower built in the Middle Ages. Coming back to the entrance of the village You can take the path which goes on near to Stantiglia fountain and crosses Pazzoglio valley in the direction of Casorzo, the birthplace of Malvasia, a wine for dessert with flavour of rose and violet. You will arrive in Madonna delle Grazie locality where You will cross the village up to come out in the Western slope; here after two bends of the main road You will find the path which leads to Grazzano Badoglio. In the village there is the beautiful Abbey of Saint Vittore, founded in the Tenth century by Aleramo, the first Marquise of Monferrato, who was buried in this church. Lunch at “Il Bagatto” Restaurant, placed in Grazzano Badoglio, for breathing the atmosphere of the past in the comfortable rooms in red-bricks and tasting a large variety of Piedmontese recipes matched with the local wines. In the afternoon we suggest a visit to the famous Abbey of Saint Vittore. Later dinner at “Il Bagatto” restaurant and transfer to a near B&b for overnight.

Alternative route for the first day. Starting from the village of Grana, very admirable because of its panoramic glimpses, with landscapes of vineyards and ancient alleys. Do not miss the rich Eighteenth-century parish, dedicated to the Assumption of Saint Mary, and the annexed Gallery; both of them preserves some precious works of art. You can go out the town and walk in the direction of Castagnole Monferrato, surrounded by a suggestive natural scenery, where the lines of grape vines alternate with small woods. The town offers a service of renting bikes and is famous internationally as the birthplace of Ruchè, a good body and aromatic red wine, produced in this small area of Monferrato only. The town can show the “Sundial of Ruchè”, the biggest sundial in the world dedicated to wine, and the biggest press machine in Europe, preserved in the famous Mercantile, a noble palace built in the Eighteenth century. The trip goes on in the Southern direction of Montemagno, a symbol place for the production of grissia, the traditional bread from Monferrato, with the characteristic double spiral shape. The town is reachable by a quiet and level path among fields and wood and preserves the original medieval plan, with the 13 ancient alleys and the impressive castle. The neoclassical parish is also very suggestive, thanks to the great staircase in Cumiana stone which gives to the main square a surprising view. From the centre you can take the path crossing Bric Pievano locality in the direction of Viarigi, with its famous medieval spotting tower. Coming back in the entrance of the village, you can take the path going along the Stantiglia fountain and crossing Pazzoglio valley, in the direction of Casorzo, the birthplace of Malvasia, a wine for dessert with flavour of rose and violet. You will arrive in Madonna delle Grazie locality and enter in the town. After a visit to the village, we suggest a traditional dinner at Al bator Restaurant, in the heart of the village. Later you can reach the near “la Rugiada” Tourist Home, located in Via XX Settembre.

Second day. After breakfast departure in the direction of Moncalvo, ancient capital of Marquises of Monferrato and renowned internationally for the Regional White Truffle Fair and an important historical fair dedicated to the Piedmontese ox, called Fat Ox, used for preparing a delicious mixed boiled meat. You will be received by the parish of Saint Francesco from Assisi and the confraternity church of Saint Antonio Abate, decorated with paintings by Guglielmo Caccia, also called “Moncalvo”, a famous Piedmontese artist in the Seventeenth century; You can’t miss the medieval palaces, the workshops of local specialties, from gastronomy to handcraft; the Nineteenth century theatre; the bastions of Gonzaga’s castle, which house “Bottega del vino” wine shop. Later You will move toward Castelletto Merli; for reaching the village in the best way by walking, You can go in the direction of Guazzolo Locality, cross the village and go on up to Perno Inferiore Locality. During this last part of tour, You can stop at “Olivetta” farm, in Castelletto Merli, which produces since one hundred years very high quality local wines. Visit to wine cellars and final tasting.

First alternative route for the second day. After breakfast departure in the direction of Moncalvo, ancient capital of Marquises of Monferrato and renowned internationally for the Regional White Truffle Fair and an important historical fair dedicated to the Piedmontese ox, called Fat Ox, used for preparing a delicious mixed boiled meat. You will be received by the parish of Saint Francesco from Assisi and the confraternity church of Saint Antonio Abate, decorated with paintings by Guglielmo Caccia, also called “Moncalvo”, a famous Piedmontese artist in the Seventeenth century; You can’t miss the medieval palaces, the workshops of local specialties, from gastronomy to handcraft; the Nineteenth century theatre; the bastions of Gonzaga’s castle, which house “Bottega del vino” wine shop. Later transfer in the direction of Cioccaro, near to the village of Penango, that You can reach into one hour by walking. You have to take Strada Madonnina and later Strada Madonnina Ponente, up to arrive in Strada di Cioccaro. Stop at “La Fiammenga” winery for visiting the wine cellars and tasting local wines.

Second alternative route for the second day. After breakfast departure in the direction of Moncalvo, ancient capital of Marquises of Monferrato and renowned internationally for the Regional White Truffle Fair and an important historical fair dedicated to the Piedmontese ox, called Fat Ox, used for preparing a delicious mixed boiled meat. You will be received by the parish of Saint Francesco from Assisi and the confraternity church of Saint Antonio Abate, decorated with paintings by Guglielmo Caccia, also called “Moncalvo”, a famous Piedmontese artist in the Seventeenth century; You can’t miss the medieval palaces, the workshops of local specialties, from gastronomy to handcraft; the Nineteenth- century theatre; the bastions of Gonzaga’s castle, which house “Bottega del vino” wine shop. From there You will move toward Alfiano Natta, taking Strada Camerano per Portico before, Strada Crova later and finally Via Santa Croce. The last part of route will be in Via Crivelli; from here You will go along Strada Gessi. Entrance to “Castello di Razzano”, winery and charm relais, for visiting cellars and making a final taste.

Third alternative route for the second day. After breakfast departure in the direction of Moncalvo, ancient capital of Marquises of Monferrato and renowned internationally for the Regional White Truffle Fair and an important historical fair dedicated to the Piedmontese ox, called Fat Ox, used for preparing a delicious mixed boiled meat. You will be received by the parish of Saint Francesco from Assisi and the confraternity church of Saint Antonio Abate, decorated with paintings by Guglielmo Caccia, also called “Moncalvo”, a famous Piedmontese artist in the Seventeenth century; You can’t miss the medieval palaces, the workshops of local specialties, from gastronomy to handcraft; the Nineteenth century theatre; the bastions of Gonzaga’s castle, which house “Bottega del vino” wine shop. After You left the old town centre, You can continue in the direction of Casale Monferrato and in half hour by walking along Strada Casale, You will arrive in “Cascina Valeggia” farm, where You will be able to buy a large selection of gastronomic specialties from Monferrato and try them with a rich tasting. In the afternoon we suggest a tour in the old town centre of Casale Monferrato, become the capital of Marquises of Monferrato in 1464. You can see Piazza Castello, with the fortress of Gonzaga family, the Civic Tower, Piazza Mazzini, the Cathedral of Saint Evasio, the patron of city, the elegant Baroque palaces as the Town Hall; after You could visit the famous Jewish Synagogue, unique in Europe for its Piedmontese Rococò style. Among local specialties, Grignolino and Chiaretto wines and the delicious Krumiri biscuits, here produced for the first time. Departure to return.

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First day. Starting point: CASTIGLIONE D’ASTI. Next stops-over: PORTACOMARO – SCURZOLENGO – CASTAGNOLE MONFERRATO – MONTEMAGNO. Length of route: around 18 km. Duration by walking: around 4 hours. Second day. Starting point: MONTEMAGNO. Next stops-over: VIARIGI – ALTAVILLA MONFERRATO. Length of route: around 6 km. Duration by walking: around 1 hour and half.

Second day – Alternative route. Starting point: MONTEMAGNO. Next stops-over: GRANA – SAN DESIDERIO LOCALITY (CALLIANO). Length of route: around 6 km. Duration by foot: around 1 hour and half. Possibility to make the transfer from Montemagno to Grana and later up to the village of San Desiderio di Calliano by bus.

Possibility to make the transfer from Montemagno to Viarigi and later up to Altavilla Monferrato by bus or by car.

First day. Arrival at Monferrato Hills in early morning. The walk starts from the village of Castiglione d’Asti, famous for the Festival of Beans Soup which takes place every year on the 2nd of January. You have to go down in the North-East direction, cross the tiny street of Valmoretta and go up among farm houses in the opposite slope, crossing via Castellazzo, which leads to the town of Portacomaro, famous for the production of Grignolino wine, still surrounded by the medieval defensive walls. You have to go down along Strada San Michele up to Berruti locality, and go on in the direction of Scurzolengo, walking along Vallescura stream. The village is still dominated by the majestic Fifteenth-century castle. After You left the town, You can go along the tiny street which goes down in the valley for going up later toward the town of Castagnole Monferrato, the birthplace of Ruchè, a very aromatic ad lightly sparkling red wine, with flavours of blackberry and raspberry. Visit to “Crivelli winery”, in Castagnole Monferrato, for discovering the characteristic wines of this area of Monferrato. As an alternative, entrance to the Wine Cooperative of Castagnole Monferrato, placed in the centre of town. Last stop-over at the village of Montemagno, a symbol place for the production of grissia, the traditional bread from Monferrato, with the characteristic double spiral shape. The town is reachable by a quiet and level path among fields and wood and preserves the original medieval plan, with the 13 ancient alleys and the impressive castle. The neoclassical parish is also very suggestive, thanks to the great staircase in Cumiana stone which gives to the main square a surprising view. Stop at Tenuta Montemagno, a renowned farm and winery, for a visit to wine cellars, light dinner and overnight.

Second day. After breakfast, departure in direction of Viarigi, a small village famous for its impressive medieval spotting tower. Taking the tiny street of Ciocca, You can arrive in the street to Viarigi and finally in the road called Madonna del Gombo. Entering Viarigi, You can visit the parish church of Saint Agata, founded in the Fourteenth century, and restored in later centuries. The church preserves a beautiful altar piece dated to the beginning of the Sixteenth century, representing the Virgin in Throne with the Child, painted by the famous artist from Asti Gandolfino da Roreto, and a precious canvas illustrating the “Holy Family” created in the half of the Seventeenth century by Ursula Caccia, the daughter of the great Guglielmo Caccia, also called “Moncalvo”. You can’t miss then, out of the old town centre, quite hidden by trees and bushes, the small church of Saint Silverio, in red-bricks, founded in the Fifteenth century and rebuilt in Baroque style; the Romanesque church of Saint Marziano, dated to the Eleventh century; the famous Tower of Signals, built in the Fourteenth century on the will of the Marquises of Monferrato for the observation of territory. This tower was included into a special net for defense and communication, based on a system composed by 10 towers visible from the hills around, as the towers of Montemagno, Casorzo, Vignale and San Salvatore Monferrato. From Viarigi You can go on to Altavilla Monferrato. Taking Costa del Mulino road, and then Rivalto street, You can continue up to Franchini Locality, for reaching Viale Unità d’Italia, in the village of Altavilla. There You will able to visit the famous Mazzetti d’Altavilla Distillery, with possibility to taste and buy the products.

Alternative route for the second day. From the town of Montemagno You can go on in the North-West direction in order to reach the village of Grana, among suggestive panoramic glimpses. After Your arrival in Grana, You will be able to walk around the alleys in the old town centre, which is well preserved and dominated by the impressive parish church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, built in the late Eighteenth century. Inside the church houses an antique wood choir and some precious paintings, some of them made by the famous Guglielmo Caccia, so called “Moncalvo”, dated to the beginning of the Seventeenth century. After You left the village of Grana, You can go on toward Calliano, deviating on the left in Via Scurzolengo, in the direction of San Desiderio locality. Visit to Rabezzana farm and winery, placed in San Desiderio locality, for tasting the most representative wines of this area. You cannot miss a holiday staying at San Desiderio Relais, a perfect union between refinement and tradition.

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First day. Starting point: CASTIGLIONE D’ASTI (ASTI). Next stops-over: PORTACOMARO – SCURZOLENGO – CASTAGNOLE MONFERRATO – PORTACOMARO. Length of route: around 20 km. Duration of route by walking: around 4 hours and half.

 Possibility to make the transfer from Castagnole Monferrato to Portacomaro by bus or by car.

Second day. Starting point: PORTACOMARO. Next stop-over: MADONNA DI VIATOSTO (ASTI). Length of route: around 11 km. Duration of route by walking: around 3 hours.

Possibility to make the transfer from Portacomaro to Viatosto by bus or by car.

First day. Arrival at Monferrato Hills in early morning. The walk starts from the village of Castiglione d’Asti, famous for the Festival of Beans Soup which takes place every year on the 2nd of January. You have to go down in the North-East direction, cross the tiny street of Valmoretta and go up among farm houses in the opposite slope, crossing via Castellazzo, which leads to the town of Portacomaro, renowned for the production of Grignolino wine, still surrounded by the medieval defensive walls. You have to go down along Strada San Michele up to Berruti locality, and go on in the direction of Scurzolengo, walking along Vallescura stream. The village is still dominated by the majestic Fifteenth-century castle. After You left the town, You can go on along the tiny street which goes down in the valley for going up later toward the town of Castagnole Monferrato, the birth place of Ruchè, a very aromatic ad lightly sparkling wine, with flavours of blackberry and raspberry. Visit to “Crivelli winery”, in Castagnole Monferrato, for discovering the characteristic wines of this area of Monferrato.As an alternative, entrance to the Wine Cooperative of Castagnole Monferrato, placed in the centre of town. From Castagnole, return to Portacomaro. Going out from Castagnole, You have to take the main road 26 in the direction of Scurzolengo. After You will be arrived near Scurzolengo, You can go on along Strada Rio Crosia and from there enter in the village of Portacomaro. Accommodation at “Locanda dell’Antico Ricetto” restaurant and hotel which, like the name suggests, is placed in the suggestive old town centre, dated to medieval period. Dinner made of typical Piedmontese dishes and overnight.

Second day. Starting point: PORTACOMARO. Next stop-over: MADONNA DI VIATOSTO (ASTI). Length of route: around 11 km. Duration of route by walking: around 3 hours.

Possibility to make the transfer from Portacomaro to Viatosto by bus or by car.

Second day. After breakfast, departure in the direction of Madonna di Viatosto, a small locality near Asti, famous for the presence of a suggestive medieval church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. You have to go out from Portacomaro, take the main road (Strada Provinciale 26) and after you have crossed the locality of Stazione Portacomaro, You can take the main road n.457 (Strada Provinciale 457). You will arrive near Ca’ dei Coppi locality and after to Avidano village. You can continue in the direction of Valmaggiore Locality and then take Strada Valgera. Later You can go along Strada Caramagna in Valmanera Locality; after You have crossed the village of Valmanera, You can take Strada Valbodone in Viatosto village. In this way You will arrive to the Romanesque church dedicated to Saint Maria Ausiliatrice, also known as Madonna di Viatosto; the building rises up on the top of a small hill surrounded by silent countryside and gives from its observation platform a panoramic view over the city of Asti and hills around. The primitive Romanesque building was erected at the end of the Twelfth century and was enlarged in Gothic style as we can see it nowadays between 1340 and 1350, thanks to the rich donations by some important noble families from Asti. Among the art masterpieces visible inside the church, there are a crucifix in wood made in the Fifteenth century, obtained from a unique big poplar’s trunk and a beautiful fresco decoration dated to the Fourteenth and the Fifteenth centuries. Transfer to Asti and lunch at restaurant (or free lunch). In the afternoon we suggest a tour in the town of Asti, with its glorious medieval past, discovering its precious monuments. Departure to return.

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Welcome Piemonte - Valentina Mazzola, guida turistica e giornalista.

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