The province of Alexandria
The province of Alexandria is full of ideas for a tourist who seeks the blend of art, history, food and wine, heritage undisputed various places of this land: the Casale Monferrato is an example with its castles and monuments, tasty dishes and wines outspoken and generous. Important are the places of faith: the Trinity from Lungi to Castellazzo Bormida, Santa Croce in Bosco Marengo and the Sanctuary of Sacro Monte di Crea, overlooking the hills of Monferrato: dedicated to the mysteries of the rosary, was designed in 1589 and, after a period of neglect, during the nineteenth century proceeded to intense restoration of statues and paintings. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The hills of Monferrato see even dating back to pre-Roman villages, and towns such as Acqui Terme (a symbol of the Wellness and Spa Tourism), Gavi and Ovada are the center point of routes recipes – cultural bind to small typical villages which Rocca Grimalda and Cremolino.
Is also important Casale Monferrato, whose synagogue is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe and underlines the importance of the Jewish community of Casale. Instead in Silvano d’Orba is produced a unique and very special grappa famous as a “water bath” and the path that winds between Alexandria and Spinetta Marengo was theater in 1800 of the famous battle of Marengo fought by Napoleon.
Important in the economy of Alexandria are also a number of manufacturing and prestigious craft that have contributed to his fame in the world: among them we can mention the factory Borsalino hats, Alexandria, with the eponymous museum, and the ‘high school of goldsmiths of Valenza that with the dozens of companies, laboratories and regular exhibitions attracts importers from all around the world.