1 day in Province of Alessandria Itinerary

1 day in Province of Alessandria Itinerary

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Casale Monferrato
— 1 day


Casale Monferrato — 1 day

Casale Monferrato is a town in the Piedmont region in Italy, in the province of Alessandria. Mercatino Antiquariato has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Cittadella di Alessandria, steep yourself in history at Chiesa di San Michele, and then look for gifts at Mercatino Antiquariato.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Casale Monferrato day trip app.

Brussels, Belgium to Casale Monferrato is an approximately 10.5-hour car ride. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Brussels in August: high temperatures in Casale Monferrato hover around 33°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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.