La Strada del Nizza

The Nizza Wine Route

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La Strada del Nizza

The Asti sands are placed on marly clays and are rich in microelements... a lot of sands to form huge heaps: no, they are not dunes, because the sands are those of an ancient sea whereas today they are the green hills of Barbera and, more precisely those of the nearby 18 villages which, thanks to their excellent exposure and perfect climatic conditions, boast the cultivation of Nizza DOCG.

The Nizza wine route, a 53 km loop, will take you right there, among the finest vineyards, through ancient villages and protected areas.



The itinerary starts in Nizza Monferrato from the central Piazza Garibaldi, near the Foro Boario. Continue along Via Corsi where you will find Palazzo Crova (home to the Museo Art '900, with the collections of Davide Lajolo), but if you wish you can also take the parallel Via Carlo Alberto, which opens onto Piazza Martiri di Alessandria, where the centuries-old symbol of the city stands out: the Campanon, the bell tower of the town hall. You will then reach the SP 456 Provincial Road and, once past the long stretch of railway tracks at the station, you continue straight on to the roundabout and turn left towards Bruno/Mombaruzzo. A few hundred metres further on you will turn right onto Strada San Michele and then Strada Crivellini. It's all a sequence of well-kept vineyards and small and medium-sized wineries and the road becomes narrower and narrower. 

You reach the SP 60 road and cross it heading towards Acqui Terme on the SP45. You are now on the hills of Castel Boglione and, once you have passed a few hamlets, you can take a break for refreshment on the Big Bench to your left. Next, you continue and take Strada San Martino to reach the ridge and enjoy the landscape at its best. Then turn left onto the SP 118 road, then right onto the SP114 road towards Rocchetta Palafea and turn right onto Strada Serra along a route that alternates a few climbs, but then descends towards Calamandrana, which welcomes you in the old village with an imposing and beautiful castle, dominating the Belbo Valley from above. You are travelling along the border of the Moscato di Canelli hills, but now we move on with the reds and the Nizza wine through the quiet Valle Asinari region which, via the SP50 road, will take you to the centre of San Marzano Oliveto and here you should definitely indulge in the beauty of the panorama as you reach the castle.

Regione Leiso will then take you to the foot of Moasca and you will reach Piana del Salto where, if you wish, you can join the Strada del Moscato loop, another charming itinerary of the Strada del Vino Astesana (Astesana Wine Route). Follow the signs to Regione Rodotiglia and shortly afterwards turn right onto Strada Val Calosso. When you reach Regione Salere, turn onto the provincial road and, shortly afterwards, onto a small secondary road that climbs, passing through Regione Crena, up to Agliano Terme with its tidy landscape and healthy waters that have been well-known since Roman times.

Go through the village and descend along Strada Fornaci Stazione which, with a few climbs followed by short descents, will open the doors to Castelnuovo Calcea, the birthplace of Angelo Brofferio, to whom the "Me Ritorn" Museum is dedicated. Via Alfieri and then Via Gavelli will take you back into the countryside and Strada Bricco will take you to the gates of Nizza Monferrato.

If you still have some energy left, don't stop and at the crossroads with Strada Cremosina turn left and continue towards Noche, a hamlet of Vinchio, and if you continue towards Vaglio Serra you will see the woods of Val Sarmassa, one of the nature reserves of the Asti area.  A little further on you will come to the SP 40 road, which slowly descends towards Nizza Monferrato, and you will reach your starting point. 

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