Serravalle Scrivia (AL) – Alba (CN)
Height difference: +2080 m – 2140 m
Shorter stage of the previous one, with a higher level difference, but with hilarious ups and downs, with steep but short climbs. Departure from Serravalle Scrivia to reach Gavi, famous for its namesake white wine, its Castle, the amaretti, the ravioli (they are said to have been invented right here).
Let’s enjoy the flat path up to Capriata d’Orba, which preserves some remains of the X-XII century fortifications. Following uphill the course of the Orba river, you arrive shortly at the foot of the Rocca Grimalda. A very short but steep climb leads us to his Castle. A downhill road then leads us to the gates of Ovada, from where the panoramic Strada Costa, from the locality of Santo Stefano, leads us gently uphill and then down to Carpeneto, also with its Castle (not open to visitors).
The route continues towards Trisobbio, one of the oldest villages of Monferrato, where the castle is worth a visit. After a few slightly undulating kilometres, we climb towards the small village of Morsasco, dominated by the Castle which can be reached via a narrow alley.
After about 11 km we reach Acqui Terme (its Thermal Baths, Villa Ottolenghi, the Paleologi Castle, and the remains of the Roman Aqueduct).
The 17 km ups and downs that separate us from Nizza Monferrato, the capital of Barbera wine, will make us cross the winegrowing landscapes of Langhe, Monferrato and Roero decreed by UNESCO, in 2014, a World Heritage Site. So here we are approaching, passing from Castagnole delle Lanze, first to Neive and its fascinating network of buildings and streets, then to Barbaresco, places of production of Barbaresco, the great red wine of Piedmont. And then we will reach Alba, the capital of the Langhe, famous all over the world for the Barolo and for the renowned white truffles. A well-earned rest awaits us in one of its hotels.