Bicycle tourism

Casale Monferrato by bike between lowlands and hills

Casale Monferrato (65,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

An itinerary to discover the River Po Park and the Monferrato hills by bike. From Casale Monferrato. The circuit is a 65-km loop that crosses the rice fields of the Po plain and touches the first highlands of Monferrato, on secondary and easy dirt roads. No boredom here. Depart from the railway station of Casale Monferrato and take the avenue opposite to continue along the streets of the centre and be won over by the history of this town: the Synagogue, the Cathedral, the Civic Tower, the Theatre and the Castle. Everything is worth visiting. 

Casale Monferrato is the heart of the territory with the UNESCO hills that feature the characteristic Infernot in “Pietra da Cantone” stone, underground rooms used to store wine, typical of the homes in white tuff of Valle Ghenza and the Vignale area. This route, designed for families, crosses only plains, but the landscapes are magical and charming. There are also unforgettable recreational stop-off points for children and parents. 

Continuing along the road that goes along the River Po, follow the signs for the railway station and passed the second railway underpass follow the provincial road in the direction of Frassineto Po, where you start to familiarise yourself with the poplar groves and the vast expanses of corn, wheat and rice.                                                                Having passed Frassineto Po, continue in the direction of Ticineto and Valmacca and having gone beyond the Rotaldo Torrent twice in a row, you reach Valmacca, where you can admire the medieval building in the main square, now the town hall. 

Leaving Valmacca behind, continue for Rivalba, a village with the appearance of a Roman mansio. Having passed the Rotaldo Torrent for the last time and passing alongside the village of Bozzole, you come to a crossroads where you can admire the medieval castle of Pomaro.

After a short visit of the village and castle, follow the directions for Monte Valenza, where you arrive after tackling a short but steep climb. Here you can drink at the fountain and admire the panorama in the direction of the Monferrato hills and the Po Plain below. Descending in the direction of Valenza and having passed the railway overpass turn right. Close to the Spa facility of Monte Valenza, kids and adults alike can admire the animals of the small zoo.

After tackling the up and down sections that separate the Spa facilities from Valenza, you reach the jewellery town where you can stroll along the streets of the old town, look at the jewellery shop windows and admire the view from the balcony at the bottom of Viale Padova. On clear days, the view reaches almost as far as Pavia. At this point, you can return to Casale Monferrato by train or on another bicycle route.

After leaving Valenza and taking the provincial road for San Salvatore, shortly after having skirted the Valparolo hamlet, turn right into a country road that will take to Fosseto, where you can visit the gardens of Villa Genoa. Having finished the visit and transited through the hamlet of Villabella of Valenza, head for Giarole to continue to Occimiano: the rice fields and the herons dominate this section of road. Beyond the motorway flyover, take a dirt road to the left that leads to the consortium road of the Lanza canal. Going along the canal, this road takes back to Casale Monferrato on a dirt track of 10 km. 

Going straight on at the roundabout of the sports centre, you can visit the Military Citadel of Casale to continue towards the roundabout of Corso Indipendenza. Take the first exit, passing under the railway overpass and return to the train station to end the tour. Approx. 65 km in total. 

By Claudio Pasero and Daniela Pestarino (itinerary also geomapped by Claudio Trombin)

 

 

Points of interest

All the news on Casale Monferrato is on the Municipal website HERE

Casale Monferrato is a town that cycles on the VENTO cycle path trajectory. The project promotes a cycle-tourism ridge that connects Turin with Venice.

It is 630 kilometres long and follows the route of the River Po, creating continuity between the breathtaking landscapes and the towns that overlook the river, proposing a new type of highly appreciated tourism in Europe that is also beginning to become popular in Italy. For more information about the project click HERE

Those without a bike can rent one at SOMS of Rivalba di Valmacca. For less than €5/day, you can find bikes with or without a child seat, for all sizes, helmet and a puncture repair kit (opening times 9.30 – 19.30 – tel 0142 578004).

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
piazza Vittorio Veneto
Stazione ferroviaria
15033 Casale Monferrato (AL)
Alessandria
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Arrival
15033 Casale Monferrato (AL)
Alessandria
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Accomodation and services

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Al Mulino
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Al Mulino
Located in the San Michele suburb of Alessandria, 200m from the Alessandria Ovest tollbooth on the A21 motorway, Al Mulino hotel and restaurant offers spacious soundproofed rooms and free parking. Inside an ancient mill, which has been fully renovated, the rooms boast a modern design and feature …
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B&B I Castagnoni
Alessandria | Bed & Breakfast
B&B I Castagnoni
I Castagnoni Country Resort is situated a few kilometres from Casale Monferrato, in a delightful residence dating from 1742 that maintains a magnificent Italian-style garden. The accommodation facility is immersed in the surrounding countryside of the UNESCO hills of Rosignano Monferrato and, as …
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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 La Faletta
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Cascina La Faletta
Paolo Viviani, a joyful chef and longtime acquaintance, is still capable of instantly raising the level of cuisine, and always at the right price. The first thing that wins you over are the interiors, inside a building made from tuff rock, typical of Monferrato. It dates back to 1881 and was …
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CASCINA NUOVA - Felli Federico
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
CASCINA NUOVA - Felli Federico
Agriturismo Accommodation in rooms and/or housing units Organisation of cultural, sporting and recreational activities connected and integrated with the activities of the farm In 2020, the breakfast service and access to the pool have been suspended; guests are welcome by reservation only
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Cascina Trapella
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Cascina Trapella
One wing of the main building of Cascina Trapella hosts a small restaurant, in which to enjoy typical Piedmont dishes prepared with local organic ingredients. The food served here is simple and inspired by local tradition, only seasonal products are used. In spring and summer, diners can enjoy …
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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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Castello Sannazzaro
Alessandria | Rooms to let
Castello Sannazzaro
The castle was founded in 1163 when 4 knights of the Sannazzaro family received the permission from the Emperor Federico Barbarossa to build castles on their estates. It has always been the property of the Counts Sannazzaro who still live in it and manage it. The castle is located on the eastern …
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Hotel Business
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Business
The Business Hotel was inaugurated 25 years ago by the Prigione family that still runs it, availing of the experience of Viviana and Elma. It is strategically located, 200 m from the motorway exit "Casale Sud", on the free-flowing A26 motorway, at the centre of the Milan, Turin, Genoa, Aosta …
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Il Melograno
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Il Melograno
We saw this restaurant come to life on the main square of Terruggia, one of the most beautiful towns of Monferrato, entirely in tuff. We have also spoken about its qualitative development, which has always had a touch of originality and creativity. The restaurant seats thirty and is always open by …
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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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La Commedia della Pentola
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
La Commedia della Pentola
This is a fantastic place, quintessence of the emotional landscape of Monferrato. It sits on the top of a hill that takes from San Salvatore to Lu Monferrato, in an area that was once home to the vineyards and is now slowly rediscovering the resource of the hazelnut (here it is the famous …
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La Rocca di Camagna
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
La Rocca di Camagna
Long-standing restaurant in Camagna, temple of the flavours of Piedmontese-Monferrato cuisine. It is possible to book a guided tour of the Infernots of Camagna, UNESCO heritage site.
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La Torre
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
La Torre
This restaurant, hotel and conference centre is the most desirable destination for anyone coming to Casale. This is a family of professionals, and Patrizia Grossi continues a glorious history in the Italian restaurant business with her husband Paolo. The dining room is very welcoming, spacious, …
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Museo Civico e Gipsoteca Bistolfi
Alessandria | Museum
Museo Civico e Gipsoteca Bistolfi
The Civic Museum is located in the ancient Augustinian convent of Santa Croce which in its two cloisters preserves fresco decorations by Guglielmo Caccia known as Il Moncalvo with the help of Giorgio Alberini. Twenty-four rooms are home to more than five hundred works which represent a rich …
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Museo di arte sacra San Giacomo
Alessandria | Museum
Museo di arte sacra San Giacomo
The San Giacomo Museum of Sacred Art, set up in the historical complex of San Giacomo in Lu, consists of the church founded in the 13th century and rebuilt between 1568 and 1610, its sacristy and the Casa della Reggenza. In 1998, the San Giacomo Cultural Association was set up with the purpose of …
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Relais I Castagnoni
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Relais I Castagnoni
I Castagnoni Country Resort is situated a few kilometres from Casale Monferrato, in a delightful residence dating from 1742 that maintains a magnificent Italian-style garden. The accommodation facility is immersed in the surrounding countryside of the UNESCO hills of Rosignano Monferrato and, as …
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Ricarica e-bike a Mirabello Monferrato
Alessandria | E-bike charging stations
Ricarica e-bike a Mirabello Monferrato
E-bike charging stations, in piazza della Libertà (side of electronic information board, in front of the Pharmacy and War memorials). There are four sockets, and the charging service is free and available all year. Services which are part of the e-bike station: compressor, workshop compartment …
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RICARICA E-BIKE A ROSIGNANO MONFERRATO
Alessandria | E-bike charging stations
RICARICA E-BIKE A ROSIGNANO MONFERRATO
The four-socket column is available in Via Castelli at the corner with via Luparia in the hamlet of San Martino. The charging service is free and active all year. A second column is present in Piazza Sant'Antonio/via Bonelli at the Town Hall of Rosignano Monferrato; Tourist Info Point with …
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Ricarica e-bike a Rosignano Monferrato
Alessandria | E-bike charging stations
Ricarica e-bike a Rosignano Monferrato
The four-socket charging column is in Piazza Sant'Antonio/via Bonelli at the Town Hall of Rosignano Monferrato; services present nearby: Tourist Info Point with refreshment kiosk. The charging service is free and active all year. A second charging column is in Via Castelli at the corner with …
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Villa Gropella
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Villa Gropella
Villa Gropella is located in Valenza in the green countryside that opens to the Monferrato hills. Guests are accommodated in the main villa surrounded by the rustic courtyard and a centuries-old park of 4 hectares. The atmosphere is that of an ancient residence readapted to meet modern needs. …
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