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Tourist Itinerary

itinerario-classico-imgThe visit of the city starts from Palazzo Robellini(home to the Tourist InformationCentre “IAT” and the Department of Tourism and Cult ure),a beautiful sixteenth century building built by Giovanni Antonio Robellini, which was later modified during the 18th century by the Dagna Sabina family, to whom we owe the staircase and exquisite halls. On the first floor is the art exhibition room, whilst in the cellars is the Regional Enoteca “Terme & Vino” where all the region’s wines may be found, even though it is dedicated to the local wine by excellence, Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG .

From Piazzetta Abramo Levi, where the City Hall is located, once residence of the Lupi Family, Counts of Moirano, you may reach the adjacent Piazza San Francesco, with its nineteenth century la Rocca Fountain and the Church dedicated to San Francesco, originating from the fifteenth butreconstructed during the middle of the 19th century.

Opposite is Corso Italia, the main pedestrian street which leads to the Civic Tower and piazza dellaBollente,where in this charming nineteenth century ambience, a natural hot spring called “The Bollente gushes out at atemperature of 75°Cwith a capacity of560 litres per minute. In1870 the aedicule shaped like a Greek Temple was constructed by the Engineer Ceruti wanted by the Mayor Giuseppe Saracco, which represents the city’s thermal heritage.

From here on the right hand side you may follow via Scatilazzi, a little cobbled street, where it is possible to admire the ruins of the Roman theatre; continue straight on until you reach Piazza della Conciliazione, heart of old district known as “ borgo Pisterna” surrounded by beautiful elegant buildings constructed between the 15th and 18th century. In the middle of the square is the Giuseppe Verdi open-air theatre where many summer performances take place; go up the stairs on the left and you’ll reach the highest point of the historic centre, dominated by the Paleologi Castle, of medieval origins, which today houses an archaeological Museum and Botanic Garden ”Birdgarden”.

A beautiful panoramic view extends over the city and Villa Ottolenghi to the north. From here, it is possible to follow a maze of alleys housing buildings of great architectural value, or follow Via Barone where you can admire the minor Seminary once Santa Caterina’s Monastery with its beautiful 16th century cloister, until you arrive in Piazza Duomo with the imposing Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta.

The Cathedral, consecrated in 1067 by Saint Guy, Bishop and Patron Saint of the city, is a Romanesque building that has seen various changes throughout the centuries, but still retains of its original features parts of the external walls, the transept and semi-circular apses. The façade, which has also been altered, is preceded by a seventeenth century atrium with twin columns and a valuable marmoreal portal, opera of the master mason Antonio Pilacorte engraved with the Cathedral’shistory: The Assumption of Our Lady surrounded by the apostles, angels and symbols from the vegetable and animal kingdoms, and the four Fathers of the Western Church represented in the lunette: from the left Saint Ambrogio, Saint Girolamo, Saint Gregorio and Saint Agostino. On the right door jamb is Saint Guido holding the church consecrated to him in the palm of his hand, and on the left is Saint Maggiorino, the city’s first Bishop.

Among the valuable works conserved inside is the Triptych of “Our Lady of Montserrat ” (dating from 1480), opera of the Spanish painter Bartolomeo Bermejo, in Latin known as “Rubeus”. In the middle it portrays Our Lady holding the Holy Baby looking at a tied goldfinch, and in the background is a building, probably the Montserrat Sanctuary.

On the left shutter is the Holy Virgin and below Saint Francis receiving the stigmata, whereas on the right it portrays the “Purification” along with a very peculiar Saint Sebastian in a fashionable epoch dress, holding some arrows in his hands. The visit to the crypt is certainly one of the highlights for its unspoilt Romanesque characteristics.

You may continue your visit in via Verdi on the left hand-side of the church, where on display in the gardens at “Jona Ottolenghi” old People’s home you may admire the bronze statue of the“Prodigal Son ” a masterpiece by Arturo Martini. In front of the Cathedral on the left-hand side ofthe square is the Bishop’s House, a magnificent 15th century jewel, and opposite is the 18th century complex of the Major Seminary, built following the plan by Vittone. At the bottom of Piazza Duomo, is the characteristic stairway of the Schiavia, overlooked by an archway from one of the gates of the old medieval walls. Just before on the left in Via Cardinal Raimondi is SigismondiHouse, dating from the mid fifteen hundreds and Marenco House from the late fourteen hundreds,whose fine courtyard still preserves two floors of open galleries, whereas on the right is via allaBollente the old contrada dei Calderai. Go down the stairway and straight intovia Mazzinionce contrada Mercaili that leads to the ancientBasilica dell’Addolorata, constructed at the time of thefirst Bishop of Acqui, San Maggiorino (5th century), a beautiful Romanesque building built on the site of a previous pre-Christian cemetery church.

From the Basilica follow via Garibaldi that will bring you back in corso Italia; turn right and follow it until you arrive in Piazza Italia, where the impressive Grand Hotel Nuove Terme, built in 1870, along with the Thermal Establishment of the Regie Terme Acqui and its modern beauty farm dominate the square. On the left side you may admire the Fountains of the Ninfee that descend in Corso Viganò.

From Piazza Italia follow Corso Bagni, where under the arcades on the right hand-side, is the entrance to the archaeological site of the ancient Roman Baths, or rather, the remains of a large spa complex dating from Imperial times discovered in 1913 during the construction of the newarcades. Continue towards the Bagni area (1km from the centre), and on the right hand-side of the Carlo Alberto bridge, you may admire the ruins of the Ancient Roman Aqueduct from Augustantimes (I century AD).

Along the Bormida river’s banks is a pleasant walking and cycling path 2 km long (4km return), an ideal walk to observe the river’s flora and fauna. From this path, it is possible to take the CAIwalking trail n° 537, which leads to the medieval village of Cavatore. Alternately, from the CarloAlberto Bridge you may continue along Viale Acquedotto Romano and reach the large open-air Summer swimming pool, which until the 1950’s was the largest in Europe. Now you’ll find yourself surrounded by the lush green of the Bagni area, where you may admire the Antiche TermeHotel dating from 1600’s which today houses the “Lago del le Sorgenti” Spa, in front is the modernThermal establishment Regina, along with its Beauty farm, and the Carlo Alberto establishment built in 1845.

The Fontefredda walk takes you to visit the neo-classical style temple where a cold spring locally known as “ Acqua Marcia” gushes out (19°C), particular for its strong smel l of sulphur. Nearby are the hillside localities of Lussito (2km) and Ovrano where the beautiful Romanesque church of San Nazzario and Celso is located (6km), all surrounded by scenery of woods and vineyards.

From Piazzale Pisani, near the Regina Spa, it is also possible to follow the “ Brooms Trail”, a panoramic path that takes you up Mount Stregone and Mount Marino, signed with the numbers “531-531A and 537”, 6km long, of medium difficulty (3hrs walk) that offer a wonderful view overlooking the city and surrounding hills.


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