Milan, about 110 km away. In Milan the attractive ‘Piazza del Duomo’ will welcome you, full of life, of people, of music and center of the economical and cultural life of Milan. In front of you it is positioned the wonderful Church of Holy Rising Maria, well known with the name of ‘Duomo of Milan’, situated in the homonymous square, and symbol of the town. From the summit of the highest steeple, the “Madonnina” ( a statue of the Saint Virgin all in gold!) protects and blesses the residents of this town. The Vittorio Emanuele Arcade which joins together Piazza della Scala and Duomo Square, is a covered way with structures of iron and stained-glass windows, rich in frescoes. This arcade’s interior is rich in cafes and restaurants well-known for their sophisticated menues. Following this arcade you will come to the well-known Teatro alla Scala, built in the eighteenth century, with astonishing interiors.
Another iconic monument of Milan is the Castle Sforzesco. At first conceived as a military structure, it was elegantly redesigned as court for the Masters of the town. Imposing, immense and surrounded by a wonderful park, it is a very interesting castle to visit; its magnificent fountain brings a warm welcome to this rich town full of stories. Further east you will find the basilica of sant' Ambrogio, considered the second most important church of the town and the renowned ‘Santa Maria delle Grazie with Leonardo’s ‘L’ultima cena” affresco, declared property of the humanity of the unesco. Another site of considerable artistic interest is the Monumental Cemetery, which houses the graves of the Milanese most eminent citizens. Some graves are actually true artistic masterpieces. (Such as the grave of the well-known Alessandro Manzoni). The town is also rich with museums and art galleries; the most well-known is certainly the art gallery of Brera that together with the museum Poldi Pozzoli and the Ambrosian art gallery, comprise the most well-known milanese art galleries. The ‘Triennale of Milan’ a must- see modern art exhibition. In Milan there are also many scientific museums and dozens of less well-known museums such as the Castle Sforzesco’s.
TURIN AND ITS PRINCIPAL MONUMENTS (about 100 km away)
One of the most renowned monuments is the Mole Antonelliana, where there is also the National Museum of the Cinema. Designed by Alessandro Antonelli , it is extremely important for its structural originality (height 167 m.) and functionality. A panoramic elevator allows you to enter all year. Also very interesting for ancient history lovers is the ‘Castle Square’, the center and heart of the town. This square is surrounded by the most relevant monuments of Turin, like Palazzo Madama, the medieval castle made from old Roman doors and rebuilt with the addition of an impressive eighteenth-century facade. It overlooks the Via Garibaldi that was see of the Italian Senate. At present it is see of the Ancient art museum. From this Square start walking on Via Roma, continue onto Via Pietro Micca, via Po, and the pedestrianised Via Garibaldi (one of the longest in Europe). Continuing to walk around Turin we find Palazzo Reale, the Royal Theater, the Palace of the Regional Council, of the Prefecture, the Armory and the Royal Library (containing works by Leonardo da Vinci). The Palatine Doors, the doors of the ancient Roman Town Augusta Taurinorum and part of the medieval stronghold, the Palatium, from whom they got their name, are wonderful.
They appear on the Square of the Cathedral and can be found next to the market of Porta Palazzo and to the Museum of Antiquities. Next to Castle Square and near the Palatine Doors you will find the Cathedral of San Giovanni and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. Built in the Renaissance and dedicated to St. Baptistit. It has a chapel with baroque dome where there is the silver case that contains the Sacred Shroud. This is a precious relic considered to be the sheet that wrapped the body of Christ. An original creation of architect Guarini is the magnificent Palace Carignano. Guarini drew the imposing and enlivened baroque facade and the majestic lobby. Here took place many important events of the Italian and Piedmontese Story and it was temporarily see of the Italian Parliament. The Palace hosts the National Museum of the Italian ‘Risorgimento’. Wonderful and absolutely not to be missed is the Palace Venaria, better known as "Royal Palace of Venaria" by Amedeo Castellamonte. A marvelous piece of architecture that gathers together the glamour of the past and remains of a history that still breathes among its walls. It is one of the greater Savoyan residences in Piedmont. It was the duke Vittorio Emanuele the 2nd who took the initiative of building a stable see for the hunting community, to celebrate the rituality of the hunting the "Splendor of the Duke". In 1716 the site was entrusted to Filippo Juvarra, who worked on some founding elements of the installation: the arrangement to south east of the hunting facilities , the construction of the Royal Chapel and the formal re-composing of the sole court , overlooking the village. After the death of Juvarra, Benedetto Alfieri was charged with continuing the activities of building the Palace. Recently brought to light, the foundations of the Temple of Diana, are a splendid show of ‘Castellamonti’s architecture’, that once rose at the end of the park of the Palace and that the commemorative sources of the period defined as "to count itself between the wonders of the art". In this temple the followers often found themselves, to find rest and peace or to share furtive love.
Only 60km away is the town of Genoa.
Only 60 km away from the agriturismo Albachiara, our guests can find the town of Genoa, and the Ligurian Sea; its story is all about the navy and the commerce. Cristoforo Colombo was born here and Genova’s harbour is the most important in Italy. Genoa is the sixth Italian city by population, third Italian industrial pole, third City of the Northern Italy by population; it stands in the industrial triangle of the northwest of Italy ,Milan-Turin-Genoa. Among the first 15 metropolitan towns in Italy, it counts about 750,000 residents and it is the heart of the metropolitan area of the Central- Liguria. The Genovese Lighthouse is known as the Lantern, situated by the side of the ancient port, illuminated at night and symbol of the town Genova. Genova is a green town which unites ancient and modern: ancient walls, historical remains and modern palaces. Parks are of rare beauty and are preserved with extreme care; they all are worth a visit, especially the park of the Ancient Walls and the Parks of Nervi, made by the union of three historical villas connected between them by their parks. You can enter through the attractive ‘Anita Garibaldi’s Walk’ made from the seaside blocks. The three villas located there are the Villa Gropallo, Villa Serra-Saluzzo and Villa Grimaldi-Fassio. Continuing to walk around Genoa we find other charming villas like Villa Gambaro, Villa Carrara, that offers a remarkable outlook to the sea, and Villa Guartara. On the hills of Quinto we find the Urban Park of Monte Fasce and Monte Moro, that houses the remains of the coastal batteries that defended the town in the Second World War In the center and in the north of the town we find numerous small parks and historic gardens, like the Villa Croce’s Park, that welcomes many contemporary exhibitions, during the year, the Cottage Dinegro, the Park of the Acquasola, designed by the architect Nicolò Barabino, the Gardens of Bianco Palace and Doria-Tursi Palace and the Park of the Castle. In Genoa you will find amongst the greatest Palaces of Europe, real treasures, often still private residences, for example, Palace San Giorgio, where stood the Bank of San Giorgio, the most ancient bank in the world. In the immediate neighborhoods of the cathedral of San Lorenzo you will find the remains of the ancient seventeenth-century wall. We will then find the Park of Villa Duchess of Galliera, a panoramic park, connected to the Palace Brignole-Sale, then the magnificent Park of Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini, a historical park frozen in time, which includes the Ligurian Museum of Archeology and the ' botanical garden’ created in 1794 by Clelia Durazzo Pallavicini. The Regional Natural Park of the Beigua, is the largest regional park in Liguria overlooking the sea, and some of the most famous mountains of the town, Monte Pennello,Monte Beigua and Punta Martin Forte Diamante with a mule track that leads to the entrance. The historic city center of Genoa is among the most spacious of Europe. Its city planning, in the most ancient quarter, is articulated in a maze of tiny squares and tight streets. It adds a medieval dimension to successive sixteenth-century interventions and baroque (square San Matteo and the old Gold road, today via Garibaldi). Close to the cathedral of San Lorenzo are the remains of the ancient seventeenth-century wall. Besides the ‘Lanterna’, the symbol of the town is also the monumental fountain of square DeFerrari recently restored and the beating heart of the city. An excellent tourist destination is also the ancient seafaring village of Boccadasse, with its picturesque multicolored boats, its elegant walk that skirts the Beach of Albaro, and its well-known ice creams. Just outside the center, you will find Nervi, the natural portal to the ligurian East Coast and Pegli, natural portal the ligurian west Coast. Don’t miss the Aquarium of Genoa: the largest in Italy, and among the greatest in Europe - and the Marina (the tourist port, capable of welcoming hundreds of pleasure craft). All this is within the restored Area of the Exhibition. Affacciata sul Mar Ligure, la sua storia è legata alla marineria e al commercio. Ricordiamo inoltre che natali a Cristoforo Colombo e che il suo porto è il più importante d'Italia.
Genova è il sesto comune italiano per popolazione, terzo polo industriale italiano, terzo comune del N per popolazione, è nel triangolo industriale Milano-Torino-Genova del nord-ovest d'Italia. Tra le prime metropolitane italiane, conta circa 750.000 abitanti. E'il cuore dell'area metropolitana della Liguria cen Molto caratteristico è il suo Faro noto come la Lanterna, situato a fianco del porto antico, illuminato di simbolo della città Genova è una città molto verde che unisce antico e moderno, antiche mura e vestigia e moderni palaz Parchi di rara bellezza e conservati con estrema cura, sono tutti da visitare. Abbiamo il parco delle Mu ed i Parchi di Nervi, per esempio: un complesso verde di prezioso gusto, in un ambiente naturale di eccellenza, formato dall’unione di tre ville storiche collegate tra di loro dai loro parchi. Vi si accede da bellissima Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi ricavata dagli scogli sul mare. Le tre ville che vi si trovano sono Gropallo, Villa Serra-Saluzzo e Villa Grimaldi-Fassio. Continuando a camminare per Genova troviamo altre ville incantevoli come Villa Gambaro, Villa Carra offre un particolare affaccio sul mare, e Villa Quartara. Sulle alture di Quinto al Mare troviamo il Parco Urbano di Monte Fasce e Monte Moro, che dà casa all vestigia delle batterie costiere a difesa della città nella Seconda guerra mondiale Nel centro e nel nord della città troviamo numerosi piccoli parchi e giardini storici, come il Parco di Vill Croce, che ospita durante tutto l'anno numerose mostre d'arte contemporanea, Villetta Dinegro, il Parc dell'Acquasola, progettato dall'architetto Nicolò Barabino, i Giardini di
Discovering the Surroundings of Monferrato
Characteristic of this marvelous part of the Piedmont is the wealth of many very beautiful and colorful villages, fortified castles set in the green hills of the high Monferrato. Here everything is reminiscent of the Middle Ages epoch. The high Monferrato is a hilly region situated between the Piedmont and the Liguria. Guests can visit the interesting sanctuary of Crea, in the commune of Serralunga (in the province in Alexandria). Erected in the XII century, it is a much-visited pilarimage destination. We have also the house native of san Giovanni Bosco, the founder of the order of the salesianis, and the famous castle of Camino,
near to Casale Monferrato, a city dominated by the Gonzagas and one of the strongest in Europe. We also have the centers of Asti and of Nice Monferrato, with its confectionery and textile industries and Moncalvo, with its traditional craftsmanship of the beaten iron. There are numerous points of access to the high Monferrato. The most central is the tollgate of Ovada on the highway Voltri-Sempione. Useful motorway tollgates are also those of Novi Ligure, of south Alessandria and Serravalle Scrivia (Milan - Genoa). Roads are addressed toward Acqui Terme from Alessandria, toward Ovada or toward Novi Ligure and roads that climb toward Acqui Terme or Ovada from Genoa or Savona. The principal railway stations are in Alessandria and Novi Ligure.
Carpeneto is a commune of the province in Alessandria, in the high Monferrato, with a historical center surrounded by numerous suburbs in the country side, and bordering Montaldo Bormida, Ovada, Predosa, Fortress Grimalda, Sezzadio, Trisobbio, Acqui Terme. Carpeneto is a suburb medioevale from the unusual name of the woods of Carpani. The woods of Caprani covered the hills of the zone in ancient eras. Since Roman times the "Castrum Carpani" was a strategic site of military importance. The city structure is from the Middle Ages, very characteristic and simply splendid. Its castle welcomes you on the summit of the hill and dominates the alleys and plazas of the town. Unforgettable is the famous Magic Night, known also as Witches Night, which takes place in these suburbs. Aqui Terme rises in the south-east zone of the high Monferrato, between gently rolling hills. The river Bormida runs nearby. One of the attractions of Aqui Terme is the "Boiling" of Aqui Terme, absolutely worth visiting, that you will find in the very central Corso Italia. A marble newsstand built in 1879 by the architect Giovanni Cerutti is placed in the center of the square. From this newsstand sprinkles boiling and curative water: 560 liters per minute at 74.5 C° of a sulphurous -salty-bromine-iodic water.
Continuing to walk we find the Church of San Francesco not very far from the “Boiling”. This ancient Church was connected to a Franciscan cloister. You can find, adjacent to the church, two fifteenth-century cloisters which survive here. The square of the Church of San Francesco has also two important buildings: the Town Hall, built in the XVII century which became municipal see in the beginnings of the twentieth century and the House Robellini, built in the Sixteenth century with eighteenth-century transformations and underground, a regional stock of vintage wines. It is also very interesting to visit the castle of the Paleologi, reconstructed in the XV century by the marchionesses of Monferrato William VII Paleologo. In this town, one can see also the Archeological Museum which is the caretaker of numerous archeological findings, mainly of the Roman Age, in the surroundings of the town. In this town we have many ruins of the Roman period: for example the ruins of the‘ calidarium’ of a thermal installation. We have remains of the Roman waterworks, visible from the bridge Carlo Alberto on the river Bormida and in addition, a thermal establishment called Ancient Baths/Aqui Terme, from the end of 1400. The current building was rebuilt in 1687, broadened in the XIX century with the addition of new pavilions and of a whole floor. Nearby, we may find the bathing establishment ‘Regina’. The other bathing establishment dates back to the last decades of the century XIX and is named ‘New Baths’; it is at the margin of the historic city center (left bank of the Bormida), in ‘Italy Square’, where from 1º January of 2000 stands the monumental fountain called "of the Ninfee" right in front of the entrance of the "Grand Hotel Nuove Terme".