Bicycle tourism

Gently rolling lands between Gavi and Dolcetto

Novi Ligure (39,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

A 40-km loop in the hills around Novi Ligure, among the vineyards of Gavi and            Dolcetto.

From the train station we take Via Girardengo, crossing the center of Novi; at the end of the street, we turn right into via Paolo da Novi and cross at the traffic lights leaving the town in the direction of Gavi. We go uphill for about one kilometer on a narrow and fairly busy road; we leave it, turning left in the direction of Monterotondo. After 1.5km  (km 3) we turn left into strada Castellone, a scenic route between estates and vineyards in the direction of Serravalle Scrivia. At the fork (km.6.5), we turn left in the direction of Monterotondo, go down through the woods, passing the LA RAIA estate, and then up a steep uphill for about one kilometer to Monterotondo (km 10 - 315m above sea level), home to some famous wineries. We continue for Gavi and after three kilometers of hills we arrive on the level, catching sight of the imposing Fort up on the right, until we cross the main road from Serravalle to Gavi (km 13). We turn right and enter Gavi. In addition to the Fort, the Romanesque church of San Giacomo and the medieval gate are well worth visiting. We head out in the direction of San Cristoforo; turning left on the bridge over the Lemme, where up above we can catch a glimpse of the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Guardia.

We descend gently down the valley and then begin the climb which in 1.5 km and with a 100m difference in vertical meters takes us to San Cristoforo (km 19 - 300m above sea level). Before the end of the village we turn right in the direction of Novi Ligure and then immediately left into the lovely strada del Rondanino, on the slopes between vineyards for about 5 km until we reach the road to Francavilla. We turn right and a there is a rapid descent;  passing the Lemme, we enter Francavilla Bisio and take the road leading up to the Castle which after three kilometers brings us to Tassarolo (km 30). We go back to the Church of San Defendente and turn right in the direction of Pasturana, into a dirt road that runs alongside the golf course leading to the road which, after two bends, goes up to the village, which preserves evidence of the Napoleonic era. On leaving the village, in the direction of Novi, we stop at the ancient Church of San Martino (7th century), to drink from the spring (km 35). We continue on the provincial road and within three kilometers we are back in Novi Ligure. A total of about 40 km.

By Claudio Pasero and Daniela Pestarino

Points of interest

Municipality of Gavi
Municipality of Novi Ligure
On the Sweet Lands of Novi 
Romanesque church of San Giacomo in Gavi 
Municipality of Tassarolo 
Church of San Martino in Pasturana

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure and arrival
piazza Falcone e Borsellino, 12
15067 Novi Ligure (AL)
Alessandria
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districts passed through
Gavi, Novi Ligure, Pasturana, Tassarolo
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Accomodation and services

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Agriturismo Lo Casale
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Agriturismo Lo Casale
This agritourism business of extraordinary simplicity is a sure prototype of what this countryside business should be like. Anna Rivera, passionate about organic products and of the area, serves her set menu of many small “tastes” every day. The dishes are eaten in the simple dining room where …
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Agriturismo Tenuta La Marchesa
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Agriturismo Tenuta La Marchesa
Immersed in a large vineyard, an ancient 17th century villa is home to the agriturismo with swimming pool, restaurant and 12 rooms furnished with vintage style furniture, in the complete silence of the Gavi hills. The 76-hectare estate comprises a 58-hectare vineyard, a lake with lotus flowers and …
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AL CASTELLO
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
AL CASTELLO
Warm and welcoming atmosphere for this hotel located in the centre of Gavi, a short distance from the Serravalle Designer Outlet and from the key tourist attractions of the area. The hotel offers many and interesting services: breakfast, where you can enjoy homemade products such as baci di Gavi, …
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B&B LA MADDALENA
Alessandria | Bed & Breakfast
B&B LA MADDALENA
At Cascina La Maddalena you will be surrounded by the vineyards of Rocca Grimalda, picturesque medieval village that boasts an age-old tradition in quality wines. The "Bed & Wine" avails of green spaces furnished with gazebo, tables and loungers to relax in the silence of nature, for rich snacks …
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Casa Nuova - Az. Agr. Badino Paola
Alessandria | Cantine
Casa Nuova - Az. Agr. Badino Paola
Wines: organic Dolcetto d’Ovada, Rosato, Barbera The Casa Nuova farming company belonging to Paola Badino, situated in the municipality of Rocca Grimalda, has been overlooking the hamlet of San Giacomo from the top of a small hump, as if it were a balcony of land and vineyards, for more than a …
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Cascina degli Ulivi
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Cascina degli Ulivi
Stefano Bellotti of Cascina degli Ulivi (3 km from the centre of Novi) was one of the pioneers of biodynamic agriculture: it is no coincidence then that the guest rooms on his estate in the middle of the vineyards were built following green building standards. If you sleep here, the ideal solution …
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CASCINA FOLLETTO
Alessandria | Bed & Breakfast
CASCINA FOLLETTO
On the farm, Andrea, Andreina and Maria Rosa passionately cultivate fragrant strawberries, local chickpeas, Damascus roses and saffron. All natural ingredients to taste in the delicious breakfasts. An unforgettable journey to discover exquisite tastes.
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Cascina La Maddalena Bed & Wine
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Cascina La Maddalena Bed & Wine
At Cascina La Maddalena, you will be surrounded by the vineyards of Rocca Grimalda, a charming medieval village that boasts an age-old tradition of quality wines. The "Bed & Wine" avails of green spaces equipped with gazebo, tables, and deckchairs to relax in the silence of nature, for rich snacks …
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Cascina Tollu
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Cascina Tollu
Rocca Grimalda is one of the most captivating villages of the area of Ovada, home to a great Dolcetto and a legendary dish, Perbureira, made of beans and pasta lasagnette, celebrated by a festival that is more than thirty years old. To reach this agriturismo you need to immerse yourself in the …
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Forte di Gavi
Alessandria | Castles, Fortresses
Forte di Gavi
The town of Gavi, famous for its white wine, is a truly ancient place that existed even in neolithic times. Under the Romans, Gavium was an important village because it was positioned on the "link" road between the Via Postumia and the Via Emilia. At that time, there is already talk of a castle …
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Hobby Bici
Alessandria | Licensed bike tour guides
Hobby Bici
The Hobby Bici shop in Gavi avails of cycle tour guides to accompany visitors on itineraries of southern Monferrato. Courses and events dedicated to cycling tourists are also organised.
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Hobby bici di Enzo Bergaglio - Noleggio
Alessandria | More
Hobby bici di Enzo Bergaglio - Noleggio
RENTAL: regular and electric bike rental between Gavi, Casaleggio Boiro and Capanne di Marcarolo. HOME RENTAL: private citizens and accommodation facilities can request rental directly to their premises. GUIDE: possibility to organise guided tours on the numerous itineraries in Southern …
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Il Banco
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Il Banco
A favourite spot for the chickpea pancake (also with crescenza or gorgonzola and, upon reservation, with onion or rosemary) proposed next to panissa (a mix of chickpea flour cut into slices with oil, salt, pepper) that is also available fried. Every Friday, stockfish and sometimes Merella chickpea …
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La Bici di Braini Fernanda
Alessandria | More
La Bici di Braini Fernanda
La Bici is a business dedicated to the sale of bicycles and to the supply of ad hoc clothing articles for professional and amateur cyclists. The shop, located in Arquata Scrivia, also boasts a modern workshop for repairs and maintenance of your bicycle and offers an express service to repair …
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La Bollina
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
La Bollina
The villa is located inside the magnificent Serravalle Golf Club Park (9+3 holes). The keywords are "relax in luxury and elegance", with 12 rooms and suites super-equipped with every comfort and furnished with luxury and charm. Spacious rooms, with oversized beds, bathrooms with fine marbles, pure …
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LA CASA DEL MUGNAIO
Alessandria | Bed & Breakfast
LA CASA DEL MUGNAIO
Country house annexed to a picturesque mill that boasts medieval origins (15th century), inhabited by the owner’s family since the 1940s. Today this gracious B&B has been completely renovated maintaining its original features. The rooms are furnished with furniture from the past and welcome the …
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La Gallina - Villa Sparina Resort
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
La Gallina - Villa Sparina Resort
This relais has now become an international destination, highly sought after by VIPs to celebrate weddings and conventions. Villa Sparina was opened in the grounds of one of the best wine companies; it offers accommodation and, in what was once the barn, this successful restaurant that has found …
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La Locanda dei Narcisi
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
La Locanda dei Narcisi
This place is worth looking for. Set in a villa in a hamlet of Pozzolo Formigaro, you will have some difficulty finding it. Then, the surprise of an ever-welcoming restaurant that is elegant (and what is with the visible shelves with cigarettes on sale? Are they what is left of a grocery store?), …
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Museo dei Campionissimi
Alessandria | Museum
Museo dei Campionissimi
The Cycling Museum of Novi Ligure is a tribute to the history of cycling and the bicycle. A museum with more than 3,000 square metres to relive the myths of a sport together with the protagonists of the past and the present. The museum is housed in an abandoned industrial facility, skilfully …
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Nonna Du
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Nonna Du
It has reopened with a series of measures for the safety of guests: - Containment of Covid 19 with sanitisation and disinfection of premises with Ozone treatment - booking is compulsory for accommodation and restaurant - breakfast is served at the table - possibility of free room service for …
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Pinacoteca del Convento dei Padri Cappuccini
Alessandria | Museum
Pinacoteca del Convento dei Padri Cappuccini
The 17th century Capuchin convent of Voltaggio is home to an important art gallery that features a large collection of paintings and sculptures. Put together over a forty year period in the second half of the 19th century by a Capuchin monk, Father Pietro Repetto from Voltaggio, the collection is …
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Relais Villa Pomela
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
Relais Villa Pomela
For the beauty of the place and the magnificent surrounding park, it is ideal for any type of stay: romantic, professional, shopping, relax. A delightful atmosphere of bygone times has been created in every room, using precious furnishing accessories and decorations. In summer, the charming dining …
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Ristorante Il Moro
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
Ristorante Il Moro
This is a place where they never go wrong, in the centre of this lovely town in the area of Ovada. Situated in an elegant 17th century building, this restaurant is characterised by a comfortable, warm and welcoming environment with a well-kept indoor garden and an outdoor dining area in summer, …
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Rocca Rondinaria Wine Bike Hostel
Alessandria | Farmhouse holiday Agencies
Rocca Rondinaria Wine Bike Hostel
Agriturismo/RestStop, equipped with bicycle workshop with 2 gracious bedrooms obtained from the restoration of a historic building placed at the entrance to the castle of Rocca Grimalda. Activities: guided tours of the vineyards and wineries, tastings and sale of wines.
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