3 days in Province of Alessandria & Pavia Itinerary

3 days in Province of Alessandria & Pavia Itinerary

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Acqui Terme
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Acqui Terme

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Acqui Terme is a city and comune of Piedmont, northern Italy, in the province of Alessandria. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Truffle Experience, look for gifts at Serravalle Designer Outlet, and then see the interesting displays at Acqua.Tor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: brush up on your military savvy at Museo delle Divise Militari, then delve into the distant past at Cittadella di Alessandria, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally steep yourself in history at La Bollente.

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Milan to Acqui Terme is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Milan in October, plan for little chillier days in Acqui Terme, with highs around 17°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Pavia.

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Pavia is a town and comune of south-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 35km south of Milan on the lower Ticino river near its confluence with the Po. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, then snap pictures at Ponte Coperto, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Certosa di Pavia, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica San Michele Maggiore.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Pavia day trip tool.

Getting from Acqui Terme to Pavia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Acqui Terme in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Pavia, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive back home.

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Province of Alessandria travel guide

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Alessandria is a city and comune in Piedmont, Italy, and the capital of the Province of Alessandria. The city is sited on the alluvial plain between the Tanaro and the Bormida rivers, about 90km southeast of Turin.Alessandria is also a major railway hub.HistoryAlessandria was founded in 1168 with a charter as a free commune; it was sited upon a preexisting urban nucleus, to serve as a stronghold for the Lombard League, defending the traditional liberties of the communes of northern Italy against the Imperial forces of Frederick Barbarossa. Alessandria stood in the territories of the marchese of Montferrat, a staunch ally of the Emperor, with a name assumed in 1168 to honor the Emperor's opponent, Pope Alexander III. In 1174–1175 the fortress was sorely tested by Imperial siege and stood fast. A legend (related in Umberto Eco's book Baudolino, and which recalls one concerning Bishop Herculanus’ successful defense of Perugia several centuries earlier) says it was saved by a quick-witted peasant, Gagliaudo: he fed his cow with the last grain remaining within the city, then took it outside the city walls until he reached the Imperial camp. Here he was captured, and his cow cut open to be cooked: when the Imperials found the cow's stomach filled with grain, Gagliaudo was asked the reason to waste such a rich meal. He answered that he was forced to feed his cow with grain because there was such a lot of it, and no room to place it within the city. The Emperor, fearing that the siege would last too long, left Alessandria free. (Malaria was probably the real cause of his departure.) A statue of Gagliaudo can be found on the left corner of the city cathedral.