MTB - Monferrato

The Walks of the High Shady Hills and Clear Hills – Leg 7

Moncalvo is known in the Monferrato area for being the smallest city of Italy. In the historic centre, which is the access to the medieval suburb, there are narrow streets, stairways, steep slopes, imposing buildings, and craft shops.  The point of departure of this leg is located in the historic centre of the city. From piazza Romita, go up towards the church of San Francesco, where you can find many paintings by the 16th century painter Guglielmo Caccia, also called “Il Moncalvo”. Go down via Monsignore Bolla for about 600 metres, then turn left.

Take Strada Mulattieri and go straight ahead until it intersects with Strada Pozzetta to enter the valley at the foot of Moncalvo and Grazzano Badoglio. This area, considered the heart of Monferrato, is closely linked to land cultivation. In fact, you will find several farmhouses. Here people mostly work in the vineyards, which are very important for the local economy.

Once near an accommodation facilty, go up the slope that leads to the inhabited area of Grazzano Badoglio on a path of 6 km and a half. The village, in the heart of Monferrato, is situated between the provinces of Asti and Alessandria. A village rich in history, it developed thanks to the famous abbey founded in the 10th century by the Marquis Aleramo, a man with many fascinating legends. Take Via Roma, which is the main street of the village, pass through the centre and Cotti square, where the ball game “tamburello”, typical sport of Monferrato, is played. Then take Via Garibaldi, get out of the inhabited area and take Strada Provinciale 30. Go down this road for about 800 metres, then pass through the fields until you reach Strada Cascina Napoli.

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Keep going for about 1 km, pass through the fields again until you come to an intersection. Turn left into Strada Roncarino and go straight ahead for 2 km and a half into the fields. You get to the valley of Grana river, a small waterway that is tributary of Po river on the right side and almost entirely flows across the Province of Alessandria in the northern Monferrato. This river rises in the province of Asti, in Grana, from which it takes its name, as a result of a union of the two small rivers of Calliano and Grazzano Badoglio.

The route continues along Strada Provinciale 38, then Strada Provinciale 29, until reaching the historic centre of Grana.

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Monferrato

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Departure
Moncalvo
Via Roma
14036
Italy
Arrival
Grana
Via Stefano Varvello
14031
Italy
Type of trail
Linear
Distanz
14.6 km
Difficulty
Intermediate
Estimated Time
3:30 hours

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Departure:
Moncalvo
Via Roma
14036 Asti
Italy
Arrival:
Grana
Via Stefano Varvello
14031 Asti
Italy

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