Hello, Incurable Travelers,
the second day of stay in the Novara area we were at the discovery of Novi Ligure, which despite the name can deceive, is located in the lower Piedmont.
Many know it to be home to the factory of a famous chocolate that boasts of being better than the Swiss, but in reality it is also a beautiful village dating back to around the year one thousand that had different domains from the Marquis of Monferrato, to the Lords of Milan through the Ligurian Republic and the Kingdom of Sardinia to end up being annexed to the constituting province of Alexandria in 1859.
The landscape characterized by rolling hills planted with vines served as the ideal backdrop for the training of the two great Italian cycling champions, Costante Girardengo and Fausto Coppi, to whom the Museo dei Campionissimi is dedicated. This vast exhibition of almost three thousand square meters tells the story of not only the two champions but also the history of Italian cycling. In this year, in which the 100th anniversary of the Giro d’Italia occurs, you can see the temporary exhibition “Bike Passion. From the Campari albums a two-wheeled story “produced by Galleria Campari.
The historic center, dominated by the hill on which stands the tower of the castle, develops around the central Piazza Delle Piane through an intricate system of streets and alleys, an indication of the medieval origin of the village, and is characterized by many noble palaces with painted facades who were deputies to holiday homes for the rich Genoese families, who in this Christmas period are also enriched by the various nativity scenes.
The original fortified village is still very partially conserved, although a large part of the ancient walls has been demolished, thanks to the presence of some towers.
With the beginning of industrialization and the arrival of iron and steel activities and the railways, the country has seen its importance expand until it became one of the poles of the nascent Italian industry at the end of the nineteenth century, the first quarters outside the bastions, characterized by wide and rectilinear streets, parallel and perpendicular to each other.
Novi Ligure has maintained its industrial vocation but directed it between the late nineteenth and early twentieth century towards the confectionery production with the birth of the well-known companies Novi and Pernigotti, but also of more artisanal producers such as Bordato and Gambarotta.
At the end of the day after this pleasant and sweet walk in the Piedmontese town of Novi Ligure, we return to the comfortable rooms of the Hotel Al Castello, a small and welcoming structure in the heart of the village of Gavi, for a well-deserved rest and maybe to take advantage of the beauty area a relaxing massage.
TECHNICAL SHEET NOVI LIGURE – NOVESE DISTRICT
For more information:
Municipality of Novi Ligure
via Gramsci 11 (2nd floor) Novi Ligure
Telephone number = 0143 72585
Distretto del Novese = www.distrettonovese.it/
How to reach:
The nearest airport is Genoa airport which is about 57 km away, or the airports of Milan or Turin which are about 110 km away.
Highway A26 – exit Novi Ligure.
On the train:
Novi Ligure railway station on the Turin-Genoa and Milan-Genoa lines.
Distances Rome 553 Km, Milan 97 Km, Venice 351 Km (source google maps)
Recommended period: All year.