Trekking - Monferrato

Trail of the Three Parish Churches

Grazzano, which became Grazzano Badoglio in 1938, in honour of Marshal Pietro Badoglio who was born and died here, is a village perched on a hill in the Basso Monferrato Astigiano area, it is surrounded by vineyards and, due to its setting, offers views ranging over the Monferrato, towards the Tanaro and the Po rivers, the Apennines and the Alps.

Its foundation dates back to Roman times, but it reached moments of fame in the Middle Ages thanks to Aleramo, the first Marquis of Monferrato, who had an important abbey built here and entrusted it to the Benedictines, who lived there for over four centuries.

Our itinerary, which departs from the car park in Piazza G. Cotti, will take you along a panoramic route to discover three small country churches: San Sebastiano, San Salvatore and San Martino. 

Once you see the red and white CAI (Italian Alpine Club) signs you continue towards Casorzo to reach the cemetery and, at a junction, you will find the small church of San Sebastiano, the first of the three, as well as one of the many rural religious buildings that were built in the various hamlets of the village

The trail continues through stunning views, then it follows a dirt road between the cemetery and the Rimembranza park. You proceed along a ridge, amidst vineyards of perfect geometry, and reach the valley floor where the presence of hazelnut cultivations is predominant. Keep to the left and climb up to the provincial road to Casorzo: you will come across the votive shrine of San Bernardo and then go into the Cascine Napoli hamlet, at the end of which there is a path that takes you to the top of the hill where the tiny chapel of San Salvatore stands out.

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When you get there, take some time to enjoy the 360-degree panorama that unfolds before your eyes and catch a glimpse of your next destination, that is, the small church of San Martino. You will reach it by passing through a vineyard up to the valley floor, then you cross the asphalted road to  Grazzano, and leave this road behind to walk along a dirt track that will take you to Cascine Piccinini.

As you continue a bit more along the asphalted road you will get to the small church of San Martino, hidden in the wood (accessible by a small wooden staircase). You are almost on the stretch that takes you back to the starting point and, once again, you can be totally engrossed in the views offered here and let your mind wander.

You will go back to Grazzano from Via Einaudi passing in front of the house, now a museum, of Marshal Badoglio: a cosy place that, if you take the time to visit it, will take you back in time, among stories, memories and memoirs that deserve to be known.

 

 

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Departure
Grazzano Badoglio
Piazza Cotti
14035
Italy
Arrival
Grazzano Badoglio
Piazza Cotti
14035
Italy
Type of trail
Loop
Distanz
7.5 km
Difficulty
Easy
Estimated Time
2:30 hours

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Point of interest along the way

Departure:
Grazzano Badoglio
Piazza Cotti
14035 Asti
Italy
Arrival:
Grazzano Badoglio
Piazza Cotti
14035 Asti
Italy

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