In the Land of Aleramo
Aleramo and his myth. A child who was soon an orphan, but grew up happily with his adoptive parents and made kindness and culture a way of life. A man who defied the great powers of the time for love and then, with his courage and humility, appeased the wrath of those who wanted to punish him for his elopement. A knight who, on his steed, was able to conquer a marquisate: Monferrato. If you don't know the legend of Aleramo, the one that has been handed down from father to son here, we suggest you look deeper into it: your stroll through the meadows and vineyards surrounding Grazzano Badoglio will take on a different flavour and will be coloured by historical, poetic and romantic suggestions.
Grazzano, a small village perched on the hills, still preserves and perpetuates the memory of this great man and knight who lived in the 10th century. It was on these hills that the Marquis decided to build in 961 the Abbey, overlooking the town, which today is dedicated to the Saints Vittore and Corona and is entrusted to the care of the Benedictines for centuries to come. Tradition has it that the remains of the mythical Aleramo, who brought lustre and prosperity to these hills that you will be able to appreciate on this trekking route, are buried under a valuable mosaic fragment from the Middle Ages.
The itinerary departs from the centre of the village, Piazza G. Cotti, and, following the distinctive CAI signs (white/red), will take you on a discovery of valleys, meadows and many vineyards dotted with old casot, the typical rural huts used for storing tools.
You continue towards the rest home in the village named after Sofia, wife of Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio, another illustrious personage of Grazzano. Once past the institute, leave Via Roma to take a dirt road on the left that will take you to the valley floor: a damp valley where the waters of a small stream flow slowly and where you will come across a grove with tall old willows and poplars.
At a crossroads, walk straight on, slightly uphill, passing the field road that crosses the path. Continue along the flat route, which slightly elevated above the valley floor: all around are fields and meadows and a harmonious hilly landscape dotted with villages and hard-working farmhouses. You can see the village of Santa Maria, a hamlet of Moncalvo, to your right, and the chapel of San Martino to your left standing on an elevated position.
You continue straight ahead until you come to a farmstead built in blocks of warm sandstone. Cross the asphalted road that connects Grazzano to Grana and then, always straight ahead, you will soon see the outline of the imposing parish church of this last village. Passing through fields, vineyards and small oaks, you reach the asphalted road near a winery and proceed along a ridge stretch completely surrounded by vineyards, with few houses and several casot that interrupt here and there the soft wave generated by the vineyards. Keep going and you will begin to see the village and from there you can go back to your starting point.
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Point of interest along the way