Bicycle tourism

Acqui Terme, taking in art and landscape for total wellbeing

Acqui Terme (39,20 km)
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Highlights and tour details

Acqui Terme has a lot going for it as far as sports tourism is concerned – and not only at a professional level! Getting active can start right from this route for mountain bikes, or even pedal assist bike. It starts from the centre of Acqui Terme. If you arrive in Acqui Terme by train, start from the square opposite the railway station, if you arrive by car, a good place to start is from the car park (camper area) near the Roman Bridge over the Bormida river (bathing area).

It is a beautiful ride amongst art, history and beautiful landscapes. Leave the town in the direction of Savona and continue along Corso Divisione Acqui before taking Highway 30. Continue for a few hundred meters along a busy road (note: you need to turn left immediately in the direction of Terzo Stazione).

Go through the town and towards Terzo up a gentle 2km climb. When you reach the town, turn right in the direction of Montabone. After a flat stretch of roughly 1km, the road climbs gently for 5 km until you reach the top of the hill where you will find Montabone.

After visiting the historic centre, continue in the direction of Rocchetta Palafea. The first stretch is a steep climb, but only for a few hundred meters, and takes you to the crest of this hill. When you reach it, there are a series of gentle rise and falls with the most magnificent views of the Monferrato hills.

When you reach Rocchetta Palafea, you must stop off at the panoramic terrace, near the cemetery. Get your energy back and set off again in the direction of Castel Boglione, going off to the right a few metres before you arrive in the small village square.

The road descends gently until you reach a crossroads with the minor road that connects Acqui Terme and Nizza Monferrato. At the junction, turn left in the direction of Nizza Monferrato (be careful) and continue for a few hundred meters uphill, until you reach a chapel on the right hand side of the road.

At this point, turn right again in the direction of Castel Rocchero. Here, you face a rather steep climb for roughly 3 km along a minor road with little traffic before you reach the top of the hill. Continue, leaving the centre of Castel Rocchero on you right. Here, the descent for Acqui Terme begins. As soon as you pass the Cantina Sociale on the right hand side, turn immediately left in the direction of Alice Belcolle. The road is narrow and winds through the colourful vineyards, making this the most appealing and captivating part of the entire route. Go through the small centre of Alice Belcolle and continue in the direction of Ricaldone. Before entering the town, turn right in the direction of Acqui Terme.

The last part of the route is all downhill and takes you to the centre of the Thermal town. A relaxing tour of the town and a trip to visit the Bollente in the historical centre is a perfect end to our tour of the Monferrato hills. By Giuseppe Rossi

Points of interest

Acqui Terme: Old town centre, La bollente (natural thermal spring), the castle of the paleologists, Roman Arches, Thermal baths

Terzo d'Acqui: Medieval Tower

Montabone: Old town centre and the parish church of S. Antonio Abate which is home to several canvases attributed to Guglielmo Caccia, the famous painter from this town, known as Il Moncalvo.

Rocchetta Palafea: Walls and Medieval Tower 

NB

Dedicated signage; none. At the crossroads, follow the directions for the places listed on the route description. It is always recommended to rely on a skilled guide from the area, who is updated on any changes to the conditions of the routes, which can vary compared with the time that Piemontebike.eu verified and updated them. 

Advice:

Always use a helmet, even when it is not compulsory. Before starting off, always advise someone of your itinerary. If you can, take a GPS and a mobile phone with you, a drinking bottle always full of water; if the distance is demanding take an extra snack/bar. Dress suitably, better in layers, and keep a wind and rainproof cape in your jersey pocket. Always use padded cycling shorts. Comfort is essential to have fun and enjoy the fascinating journey, 

 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure and arrival
15011 Acqui Terme (AL)
Alessandria
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Accomodation and services

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Cacciatori
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Cacciatori
This is one our favourite trattorias. The standards here are very high, thanks also to the transmission of culinary knowledge across three generations who have worked elbow to elbow. We are in an isolated Apennine village and yet the Milano family have never stood still. Prestigious painters have …
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Cascina Beneficio
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Cascina Beneficio
Production of chilli peppers and spicy preparations, but the animals are our strong point. There are scores of breeds here, from the local to the most exotic. Arriving on the farm, you can see various enclosures, which are home to ostriches (which we have been breeding since 1991), fallow deer, …
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Da Fausto
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Da Fausto
Even Renzo Piano has fallen in love with this location just above Acqui Terme, which marks the maturity of Fausto and Rosella Ivaldi, who, together with their daughter Gaia, a sommelier, are a couple with the restaurant business in their blood. Overall, the location looks like a relais and the …
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Grand Hotel Nuove Terme
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Grand Hotel Nuove Terme
The Grand Hotel Nuove Terme is a local hotel with a historical and unique charm. The magnificent hall, the historic bar "Caffè delle Terme", the reading and dining rooms and the common areas are all rigorously furnished in the original style. The 139 rooms include 3 Suites, 7 junior suites, …
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Hotel Acqui
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Hotel Acqui
The restaurant is divided into three dining rooms and, aside from the tables and small armchairs, it is also furnished with comfortable quilted benches. Our food is based exclusively on high quality raw materials that we carefully select and work to prepare tasty meals for a truly healthy cuisine. …
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Hotel Ariston
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Ariston
The Ariston Hotel, situated in the heart of the city, faces onto a beautiful pedestrian square directly in front of the spa facilities. The services are provided with courtesy and hospitality, in a family atmosphere and managed directly by the owners, so ideal for your spa holiday and for weekends …
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I Caffi
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
I Caffi
Acqui is beautiful and the food here is delicious. A great reason for taking off, going for a stroll around the town and then looking for the Pisterna district. Having taken up residence over the past couple of years in this noble building, this legendary restaurant took its first steps in …
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IAT Informazione Accoglienza Turistica Acqui Terme
Alessandria | More
IAT Informazione Accoglienza Turistica Acqui Terme
The office is open all year at the following times: Tuesday to Friday 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00 Saturday 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.30 Sunday 9.00-13.00 Closed Mondays www.turismo.comuneacqui.it / facebook.com/visitacquiterme.it
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La Bicicletteria
Alessandria | Rent a bike, motorcycle, quad
La Bicicletteria
Sale, repair and rental of bicycles for adults and children, road bicycles, mountain bikes and e-bikes EBIKE
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La Curia
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
La Curia
The restaurant is a short distance from piazza della Bollente, the picturesque site of this beautiful spa town. The rooms have kept the antique architectural structure, guaranteeing harmony between elegance and tradition. The hospitality is impeccable. The wine selection is superior, as are the …
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La Teca Easy Gourmet
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
La Teca Easy Gourmet
La Teca Bistagno on Corso Italia offers simple and genuine cuisine served in a gourmet manner. Local products and traditional dishes are the protagonists in an elegant and sparkling ambience full of surprising details. All the ingredients of La Teca Bistagno on Corso Italia are lightened and …
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Le Fontane
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Le Fontane
The Grand Hotel Nuove Terme features a restaurant on the ground floor with view of the arcades of the old town centre of Acqui Terme. The Restaurant “Le Fontane” is divided into a number of small dining rooms to ensure moments of privacy. Daily a la carte menu. The protagonists are the local …
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Museo d\'arte sacra di San Francesco \
Alessandria | Museum
Museo d'arte sacra di San Francesco "Paola Benzo Dapino"
The museum is part of the former convent complex of the Church of San Francesco of Cassine, which belonged to the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. The property belongs to the Municipality that has decided to transform it into a museum: the project emerges from the need to exhibit a series of …
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Oliveri Funghi
Alessandria | More
Oliveri Funghi
In the heart of Southern Monferrato the Olivieri family has been passionately dedicated for generations to the production of local food products respecting the Piedmontese tradition. The selection of the raw material, the manual work and the consolidated experience result in high- quality …
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Ristorante Malò
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Ristorante Malò
This destination is definitely worth the trip. You are in Ponzone, a village in the Apennines that is reached by climbing from Acqui Terme. The journey lasts for several kilometres, knowing that slowly you will reach the village that gave birth to the filetto baciato (gourmet salami from …
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