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 — 1 night

Acqui Terme is a city and comune of Piedmont, northern Italy, in the province of Alessandria. On the 18th (Sat), get outside with Truffle Experience, stop by Serravalle Designer Outlet, and then examine the collection at Acqua.Tor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): learn about all things military at Museo delle Divise Militari, then explore the ancient world of Cittadella di Alessandria, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the long history of 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. Traveling from Milan in September, you will find days in Acqui Terme are slightly colder (24°C), and nights are about the same (14°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pavia.
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Pavia — 1 night

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 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica di San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro, then take in the views from Ponte Coperto, then contemplate the long history of Certosa di Pavia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Michele Maggiore.

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Traveling by car from Acqui Terme to Pavia takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Acqui Terme in September, you will find days in Pavia are somewhat warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) 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.