The Walks of the High Shady Hills and Clear Hills – Leg 5
The first part of the route is on the road that goes from Tonco to Valle del Rio of Tonco. The landscape is characterized by the presence of big farmlands together with small farmhouses.
Along the way you can find the castle of Razzano, today a private place, located in one of the best spots of Monferrato and surrounded by beautiful scenery. Its origins date back to medieval times when it was used as a fortified house and belonged to Natta family. Nowadays it is possible to visit the Museum “ArteVino” of Razzano, located at the centre of the castle courtyard. In this thematic museum art meets wine culture.
Go past the castle, turn right after 200 metres, pass through the farmlands for about 900 metres until you reach Alfiano Natta. You get to the village taking SP 13 for a short stretch of 100 metres until reaching an intersection, where you have to take the second road on the left.
After 80 metres the route continues through woods for about 250 metres. Get out of the woods and go straight ahead until you reach Strada di Monte. Turn left and go along Cardona direction, this road becomes dirt and goes through woods once again. All around there is a unique landscape of quarries that were used for supplying construction materials during the past.
From Via Umberto you get to Cardona, go down this road for about 300 metres, then turn right into Strada Crealto. The route continues through Parco Naturale Ex cave di Cardona for about 3 km, until reaching Strada Santo Spirito that leads to Alfiano Natta.
When you get to the village, go straight ahead, then turn right into Strada Crosio and pass through the farmlands for 800 metres. The dirt road diverts on the right and after 150 metres it intersects with Via Vittorio Emanuele. Turn left and go straight ahead for 190 metres until it intersects with Strada Provinciale.
At the intersection take the first dirt road on the right whose name is Via Parrocchia after 200 metres, and you will get to Sanico.
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Point of interest along the way