Hello, Incurable Travelers,
this year for the bridge of the ‘Immacolata we decided to choose an alternative destination to the classic markets or the first ski of the season in the mountains.
We did not want to stay harnessed by traffic, but at the same time we teased the idea of a few days away from home and then we headed to Piedmont, in the Novese district, to Gavi.
Traces of this country in the province of Alessandria have been traced back to Roman times, in fact it is believed that the name was attributed to it after the occupation of the Goths after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Gavi, thanks to its peculiar position in the Ligurian hinterland and to being the natural way of connection with the Po Valley, was a strategic place for the Republic of Genoa and at the same time a stage for numerous battles between the Republic and the Duchy of Savoy.
The trace of these disputes remain today in the Portino, built with local sandstone, the only surviving door of the city wall that surrounded the town until the sixteenth century and especially in the Forte di Gavi, a fine example of military architecture, built by the Genoese between 1540 and 1673 on the remains of a pre-existing castle. This fortress is the most important medieval defensive detachment of all the Lower Piedmont.
The spotlight on this town is extinguished after the Treaty of Vienna with the transfer of the territories of the Republic of Genoa to the Kingdom of Italy, but I assure you that it is still a great pleasure to walk the streets of Gavi and admire the church of San Giacomo Maggiore , in Romanesque style, or the Town Hall where you can see the emblem of the city, or even the speakers of the SS Giacomo and Filippo, of Our Lady of the Assumption and of the Holy Trinity, which are the sign of the strong presence of religious brotherhoods .
For us the knowledge of the territory also passes through the gastronomic specialties that can be found in the artisan shops, such as Canestrelli, the friable donuts, the Amaretti, made with sweet almonds, sugar and honey (produced since 1780). A delicacy not to be missed are the Ravioli, born in the twelfth century, and made with meat and borage stuffing, traditionally served in four ways: in broth, “to the touch” (that is with meat sauce), in a wine bowl and “a bare ass” (ie dry with only cheese), naturally washed down with a good glass of Cortese di Gavi.
After this intense day a well deserved rest awaits us at the Hotel Al Castello, a small and welcoming structure in the heart of the village of Gavi.
The following day, we went to the discovery of Novi Ligure.
GAVI TECHNICAL SHEET – NOVEMBER DISTRICT
Distretto del Novese = www.distrettonovese.it
How to reach:
The nearest airport is Genoa airport which is about 42 km away, or the airports of Milan or Turin which are about 120 km away.
Highway A7 – exit serravalle write, then take the former highway no. 35, and the provincial road 161
In Gavi there is no train station, the nearest one is in Arquata Scrivia (about 8 km) then you have to take the bus. </ P>
Distances Rome 553 Km, Milan 104 Km, Venice 358 Km (source google maps)
Recommended period: All year round. </ P>