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What to do and see in Alessandria

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The visit of the city of Alessandria can be initiated from the old town where we can find the “Palazzo Rosso” (for the color of the facade), the seat of the municipal administration, Palazzo Ghillini and several other Baroque buildings as well as the Duomo and Santa Maria di Castello, the oldest church in the city dating back to the fifteenth century. On the outskirts we can find the Cittadella Militare, imposing military construction to stellar plant with six bastions surrounded by moats. A peculiarity of which the city is proud of is the “Hat Museum“, at the famous Borsalino hat factory, known all over the world. Recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site is the Sacro Monte of Crea, of medieval origins, consists of a shrine and several chapels beautifully painted and placed on a path that winds on the slopes of a hill. Another important center is Casale Monferrato with its cathedral and its synagogue, among the most important in Italy.Other centers scattered over the hills of Monferrato of Alessandria, who is now with the Monferrato of Asti a world heritage site of UNESCO, are Vignale Monferrato, Gavi, Camino and Ovada. Much importance is Valenza Po which happens to be the biggest goldsmith center nationwide. Is possible to find many gold companies also craft that allow you to view their collections offering their beautiful products. For Spa lovers the Spa of Acqui Terme is a wonderful place to combine relaxation and wellness and the benefits of the thermal waters.It also signals Serravalle Scrivia as a center for shopping, in fact you can find one of the biggest and provided outlets, among the largest in Italy. Finally near Spinetta Marengo you can visit the places where happened the events of the Battle of Marengo between the French under Napoleon Bonaparte and the Austrians and where you can visit theMarengo Museum which houses the relics of the battle. Nearby you can still see the “plane tree of Napoleon,” tree of over two hundred years and over forty meters high, that planting was done by Napoleon, after the battle, to remember the more than two thousand dead.

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