The Brooms Trail n°. 531 (3hrs on foot)

You may start from Piazzale Pisani in the Bagni area, 1km from the city centre ( CAI 144 m notice board). Follow the road in the direction of Lussito and turn left towards the Hotel Pineta, pass in front of
it. Shortly afterwards on the right hand-side the path begins which takes you up through the woods and on the road next to a house called “La Toretta”. It continues uphill till Monte Stregone (408 m), and then
leads down on the road that joins Lussito to the village of Grognardo. Cross the road and follow the path that climbs uphill among the brooms until you reach the clearing where the Monte Marino cross stands.
To return back to town follow the 531A signs, pass through Lussito and you’ll arrive back at the Hotel Pineta. Otherwise you can continue from Monte Marino and walk along the ridge, past the “Castello di
Ovrano” farmhouse, which brings you on the road that leads to Grognardo; from here you can return to Acqui Terme by following the 531B signs, pass through Ovrano and descend to the Romanesque church
of St. Nazzario and Celsio, or continue along the ridge and follow the 531C signs and cross the Ovrano - Grognardo road, past the “Matto” house, and walk to the top of Mount Capriolo (544 m). If you choose to
go down the opposite side, you’ll reach the church of St. Sebastiano; cross the main road where you may visit the medieval village of Cavatore. Return back to town by following the same trail.

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Cycling and Walking Trail along the Bormida river (1hr on foot)

The Bormida, called Bormia in local piemontese dialect, is a river 154km long, sub-affluent of the Po and main affluent of the Tanaro river. It has a broad extensive basin (2.609kq) distributed in part on the
Ligurian Alps (portion of the high course of the “Bormide”) and in part on the Ligurian Apennines (portion of the Erro and Orba streams). The Bormida is named from the Gallic pre-Roman word “bormo”(meaning hot or gurgling source), linked with the Gods of the Bormò and Bormanus springs.
Along the river banks is a cycling and walking path 2 km long, an ideal walk to observe the river’s flora and fauna. The archaeological site of the Roman aqueduct marks the beginning, whilst the border with the village of Melazzo marks the end. There are different places to sit and enjoy a break on one of the many benches found along the path, accompanied by detailed information signs that allow to get to know
all about the area’s natural and archaeological sites.

Panoramic walk “Acqui – Cavatore “ n. 537 (3 hrs on foot) - n. 537 ACQUI – CAVATORE “The Brooms trail ring- route”

A panoramic route that takes you to visit the medieval village of Cavatore, where you can follow the 531C trail that joins up with the 531 trail, where you may complete the “Ring route known as the anello
delle Ginestre”, for a total of 14.68km long.

The path starts from the cycling track in the Bagni area, along the Bormida river and is signed with the n.537. Follow the signs, that you’ll see after walking around 3⁄4 of the track, cross over the road (be careful)
and you’ll arrive on the trail that bears to the left on the old road known as Loreto (via Bergamo) and continue uphill.

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Strada Monterosso – “Villa Ottolenghi” (2hrs on foot / 1hr by bike)

From the city centre, follow via Nizza and turn right after around 500 metres and follow Strada Monterosso (direction Villa Ottolenghi) which goes uphill for about 2 km where at the top you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the town.
The road continues towards the mausoleum’s entrance, an impressive construction built entirely in stone with a prestigious iron gate. The landscape suddenly changes and the vineyards lined by secular pines, lead you to the imposing Villa Ottolenghi, whose iron-wrought gates (a master-piece created by the Ferrari masters) and balcony-sculpture are worth a mention. Here you may admire a breath-taking view that extends far across the hills and valleys towards Alice Bel Colle. Continue straight on and you’ll arrive in the Cavalleri area with a little group of houses scattered around a chapel dedicated to St. Peter sheltered by two yew trees, where you may enjoy a break. Now turn around and return back down to the city following the same road, and enjoy a panoramic view overlooking Acqui Terme.

The Bread Trees Path (2- 2 1⁄2 hrs on foot / 1-1 1⁄2 by bike)

Up until not long ago, Man obtained almost everything he needed from plants: mulberries fed the silkworms, oaks fed the pigs, vines gave fruit and chestnuts collected in the woods provided food for the whole Winter; it were the trees that gave Man his daily bread.
From Piazza Italia follow Corso Dante, Corso Cavour and via Amendola. Cross the railway crossing near the Villa Igea Clinic, past the first sharp bend on the right, continue straight on and follow Strada
Moirano. The road goes uphill towards Moirano (around 3km) and leads to the area known as the “Capitolo”, where you may stop to admire the view. Continue along the main road for a couple of kilometres, where at the top it meets up with the junction of the “Crenna” road (360mt. a.s.l.). Keep to the right, and go straight on for another 500 metres until you arrive in the hamlet of Moirano with its church
and impressive façade, a spacious square and some benches for a break in the shade. For the way back the "Crenna" road is the shortest, as it arrives near the Mombarone sports-centre; from here follow via
Buonarotti, then follow via Crenna turn left and you’ll arrive back in Corso Cavour.
Alternative for the return journey: follow the “Valloria road” (a junction on the left of the “Crenna” road) that goes down towards a spacious valley. On the right hand side the Rio Usignola flows surrounded by
rich vegetation. The road ends in front of the Villa Igea Clinic. Turn right and follow via Amendola back to the town centre. Advice: before heading back to town, at the junction with the “Crenna” road, carry on
along the ridge among vineyards and cherry trees. The landscape is magnificent with a breath-taking view, weather permitting, that allows to admire all the little hilltop villages, the Apennine mountains, the
Alps and Monviso. Head back for the junction with the “Crenna” road and choose the route you prefer to follow back to town.

Viewpoints & Belvedere

- Brooms trail – passeggiata Montestregone - locality Lussito and Ovrano
- Regione Monterosso – Villa Ottolenghi
- Strada della Maggiora - Acqui Terme -
- Strada per Cavatore – direzione Ponzone -
- Strada per Moirano – direzione Moirano

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