Casale Monferrato (AL) – Serravalle Scrivia (AL)
Height Difference: +994 m – 868 m
It is the longest stage of Alps2Riviera, but perhaps the most full of emotions and memories for cycling fans: the arrival in Castellania, the birthplace of the Great Airone, the great, unforgettable champion of Italian and world cycling Fausto Coppi!
We leave Casale and cross the villages of Pomaro Monferrato (12th-century castle), Castello di Sannazzaro, Giarole. The route begins to climb towards San Salvatore Monferrato, where we can climb up to the historic tower. From here a pleasant descent brings us back to the plains to get to Alessandria. To visit the Citadella, one of the greatest examples of military architecture of the eighteenth century, one of the few still existing and best preserved in Europe.
Leaving from Alessandria, passed by Marengo (battle between Napoleon and the Austrian army) and Castelceriolo, you walk 4 km alongside the embankment up to Piovera, characterized by a massive fortress.
Between Alluvioni Cambiò and Sale we ride the beautiful tree-lined cycle path. After passing Castelnuovo Scrivia (castle dominated by a crenellated tower 39 meters high), the route winds along country roads to Viguzzolo and then to Tortona.
We cross the centre of Tortona and Villaromagnano along the cycle path to Costa Vescovato, enjoying the beautiful landscape without worrying about the traffic.
From here begins the signs that will lead us to Castellania, the birthplace of Fausto and Serse Coppi. A visit to his house is worthwhile, whose rooms have been turned into a museum dedicated to the Great Heron. We then go down towards Novi Ligure. In Novi the Museo dei Campionissimi awaits us for a very interesting visit to the history of Italian heroic cycling in Coppo, Bartali, Girardengo. Then we reach Serravalle Scrivia for dinner and overnight stay.