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Excursions, points of interest and attractions close to TORTONA Cascina Rivalta Scrivia Godiasco Salice Terme Montesegale


21 Km from OASI
  Area Godiasco Salice Terme, Varzi, Zavattarello
Montesegale belongs to the Montana Community dell'Oltrepo Pavese , consisting of many small centers across the valley and on both sides of the valley Ardivestra . Located in an area of special landscape interest , the small village Lombard holds significant historical memories perfectly preserved and significant evidence of civilization. From his castle, situated on a hill overlooking the valley , the hills are observed which occur between cultivated fields and wooded areas. The economy is predominantly agricultural and is based on the production of fodder , wheat, corn , fruits , wines , meats and honey. Known throughout Italy as the City of Bread , Montesegale proudly carries on its ancient traditions and crafts. In ancient times the village was called Montesicalis , probably in reference to the cultivation of rye practiced in the area and its origins dating back to the Middle Ages , around the year 1200 when it was mentioned in a document by Frederick II.


34 Km from OASI
  Area Varzi, Montesegale, Bobbio
Located 529 m above sea level, Zavattarello consists of a central core dominated by the Castello Dal Verme , where the houses have retained the patina of centuries : it is the thirteenth-century old village that villagers call on the inside because in the past was surrounded by strong defensive walls. Below you develop the new country, cut off from the main road that connects the SS412 SS461 to the Valtidone Penice . The quaint old country acchiocciolato around the castle is accessed from Piazza Luchino Dal Verme , passing under a tower above a pointed arch of sandstone blocks masterfully worked: the building was much higher , but in 1926 the upper part was unfortunately demolished . On the left , past the vault , can still be seen intact the body guard, a cramped compartment intended to accommodate the warriors guard the fortress access . The narrow street was once the town's main street , leading up to the castle on the hill . The first route that climbs to the right, after a restored which was the seat of the district prison , is the dead abbot , one of the most picturesque of the About Inside . The visit to the old country can be a source of pleasant discoveries unthinkable : the careful observer will note above the portal section of sandstone in an ancient house in a terracotta tile depicting a Madonna and Child , a valuable work of an unknown seventeenth-century artist . Under this tile at the center of the lintel of the doorway is carved with a characteristic cross , which is also found on the lintels of the doors and windows of a building of the thirteenth century , the oldest in the village . Even the most modern part of the town offers attractions , although not charged emotion historical data from About Inside . Zavattarello is small but has all the necessary services for the citizens and tourists : shops , recreational places , monuments , schools, kindergarten, elementary and middle school , pharmacy, post office , medical clinic, Command of the Carabinieri and Guardia Forest , banks , nursing home for the elderly. All surrounded by unspoiled nature , dominated by peace and serenity, in an atmosphere in which time seems to be a different category from the rest of the world : tradition and modernity mingle here , are melted together in a harmonious balance .


35 Km from OASI
  Area Tonno, Bosio, Genova
The castle of the Stone is an ancient fortification situated in the Ligurian town of Vobbia , located in the valley of a tributary of the River Scrivia , in the province of Genoa. It is the main and most characteristic monument of the Genoese hinterland , cultural attraction and landscape of the Regional Natural Park dell'Antola and included in the list of national monuments Italian . Situated in a picturesque elevated position between two spurs of conglomerate rock formations that constitute their natural ramparts, overlooking the road that runs along the creek Vobbia risalendone the course of Isola del Cantone . The castle can be reached only on foot via a path in the woods , and a stairway , after twenty minutes of suggestive way. The castle is divided into two bodies set at different heights . You enter dall'avancorpo whose three walking surfaces were restored with a metal grid . From the top floor you pass the avant- wide central hall with a square plan and vaulted ceilings . With the re-roofing has been restored an attic accessible by both the central space -walk . Characteristic ( fundamental for the autonomy of the castle ) is the tank dug into the rock at the foot of the tower ( natural rocky outcrop ) west , where they were channeled rainwater on the roof, also by means of collection channels carved into the rock , still visible , and the tank is next to the main hall below where the floor is a second tank .


23 Km from OASI
Altitude: 93 mt. a.s.l.  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Tortona, Rocchetta Tanaro
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Alessandria e' una delle province della regione Piemonte; e' situata in una pianura molto fertile e attraversata dai fiumi Tanaro e Bormida. Il nucleo antico di Alessandria nacque intorno al XI secolo per opera di Papa Alessandro III. Intorno al 1100 gli abitanti si ribellarono contro l'imperatore Barbarossa e si unirono con i comuni vicini formando la Lega Lombarda. Con questa alleanza riuscrirono a costruire un castello fortezza (Cittadella di Alessandria) che divento una delle fortezze piu importanti d'Europa sotto il dominio degli Angioini e degli Spagnoli. Nel 1707 Alessandria passo sotto i Savoia ed in seguito fu a lungo presidiata dagli austriaci. Da vedere: Cittadella: costruzione militare settecentesca progettata da Ignazio Bertola, architetto dei Savoia. Sorge vicino al fiume Tanaro, ha la pianta a stella con sei baluardi e altrettanti fossati. All'interno vi sono edifici che formavano il quartiere militare che tra gli altri ospito anche Garibaldi prima del suo esilio a Caprera. Palazzo del Municipio: questo palazzo e' conosciuto anche col nome di palazzo Rosso per il colore della sua facciata. Ha dei portici che si affacciano in piazza della Liberta ed un bellissim oorologio a tre quadranti: tra cui le fasi lunari e la volta celeste. Cattedrale: l'antico duomo di Alessandria venne edificato nel 1170 e dedicato a San Pietro.Questa chiesa fu il centro della societa locale fino a quando Napoleone non decise di distruggerla per creare Piazza d'Armi (oggi Piazza della Liberta). La cattedrale odierna fu ultimata nel 1810 e consacrata a San Pietro. Sua caratteristica peculiare e' sicuramente il campanile a cuspide di 106 metri (il piu alto dopo il Torrazzo della cattedrale di Cremona). All'interno vi e' una bellissima statua lignea della Madonna della Salve (patrona della citta) e dei bei dipinti di Guglielmo Caccia.


39 Km from OASI
  Area Certosa di Pavia, Rozzano, Stradella
The Covered Bridge (also known as Old Bridge) is a bridge on Ticino river in Pavia, connecting the historic city center and the rest of the city (located on the left bank of the Ticino), with the picturesque district, originally outside the walls of the city peripherals , Borgo Ticino. The bridge is quaint, has five arches and is completely covered with two portals at the ends and a small religious chapel at the center. Although the current bridge was built in 1949, it reproduces the shapes of the ancient Covered Bridge, dating from the fourteenth century. In 1949 he began the construction of the new bridge, which opened in 1951 on the entry portal from the city's inion reads: On the ancient gate of the cerulean Ticino, in the image of the ancient Covered Bridge, destroyed by the fury of the war, the Italian Republic rebuilt. The current bridge was constructed about 30 meters downstream from the previous year, and is wider and taller than the old one. The arches are wider, and lower in number five instead of seven. The bridge is now also shorter as it is positioned in a manner exactly perpendicular to the flow of the river, while the old one completely followed the line joining Strada Nuova (from the center) with Piazzale Ghinaglia (on the side of Borgo Ticino). The changes implemented in the project had the aim to improve traffic on the bridge (increase of dimensions in width and height) and at the same time facilitate the flow of water (displacement of the path and enlargement of the arches). The quality of construction is, however, significantly lower than the fourteenth-century bridge, so much so that the cement of the arches is already cracked in just 63 years from creation, and should be periodically monitored to avert the danger of collapse.


Loc. TONNO - LIGURIA  Navigatore
42 Km from OASI
  Area Isola del Cantone, Boccadasse, Genova
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An incredible canyon formed by steep rocks ... The reserve concerns the most significant part of the large high valley carved by the river Cellina in the limestone of Cretaceous age which are placed between the pads Barcis and Montereale in the province of Pordenone. The morphology is typical of a large canyon, the largest in the region and one of the most spectacular in Italy, with vertical walls and impressive phenomena of fluvial erosion. A real tem of gorges, converging into one another on the courses of the streams Alba, Molassa and Cellina. This natural area is of particular historical significance for the presence of a number of works for the hydroelectric exploitation of the waters of Cellina and for the passage of the old road of Valcellina.


15 Km from OASI
  Area Montesegale, Varzi, Tortona
Although the name brings us back to the times prelatini , the urban fabric of the country of origin is typically medieval , as evidenced by the topography of the city , with its narrow streets named after the ancient guilds of arts and crafts. Stand out, in fact, in the village lanes dedicated to bakers and blacksmiths , tanners and those of woodcutters and , last but not least , outside the village , the route of the mill. The historic castle , almost entirely disappeared , originally equipped with three rows of walls , towers remain in memory , embedded in today's homes. Reliable sources and archaeological finds suggest that the Staffora valley was inhabited by people from the nearby Liguria . Historians speculate that the Ligurian tribes chose these places full of water , grazing , timber and building stones, in prehistoric times . To confirm this , the suffix asco , which is considered the source of Liguria. Its prime location has made this place the center of historic trade. Caravans full of valuable goods , spices , fabrics and precious metals, often crossed this valley , not without dangers. The most precious of commodities was salt, used for storing food , which was exchanged with wine and other products of the slopes of the Po Valley . The merchants who were loading the goods in the port of Genoa knew from the outset the price of the toll to be paid to the Malaspina family , lords of the village, who defended the caravans passing by bandits , ensuring their safety with armed escorts until the market bunting.


Loc. TORTONA - PIEMONTE  Navigatore
2 Km from OASI
  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Godiasco Salice Terme, Alessandria
PARK AND TOWER OF THE CASTLE The park of the Castle is a large green area on the hill that dominates Tortona and is located at a short distance from the old town centre. It is the lung of the town; it is loved by joggers and by those who wish to walk through the tree-lined avenues, where there are various species of trees. From here it is possible to sweep over the wonderful landscape, up to the &Padana' plain towards Milan, Genoa, Alessandria, Piacenza and even the Alps when the sky is clear. The steep climb is well worthwhile for it affords the visitor with excellent views of the town. Moreover among castle ruins, the visitor soon becomes aware of the sometimes lively past that has left its indelible mark on the area. This is a place of memory of the town and is the true protagonist of the history of Tortona. The small primitive Ligurian village became a Roman fortress, then a Medieval castle, again and again besieged and repeatedly destroyed, but always rebuilt and fortified until it finally became a stronghold. The stronghold, inside which the ancient cathedral rose up and where the bell tower still remains, was a protagonist of important facts and several sieges over the centuries: in 1155 it was besieged by Federico Barbarossa, during the thirty years war first by the French in 1642, then by the Spanish in 1643 and by the Franco - Hispanic troops in 1743, during the War of Austrian Succession. In the XVIII century Vittorio Amedeo III of Savoia restored and armed the fortress on the advice of the military engineer Bernardino Pinto. The works started in 1773 and continued until 1779, when the San Vittorio fort with an annexed chapel was finished. This building replaced another previous one, that came from the ancient medieval castle, rebuilt by the Visconti and the Sforza between the XIV and XV century, and from the new bastions, erected in the middle of the XVI century. At the beginning of the XIX century, Napoleon programmed the demolition of many fortresses in the North of Italy; in 1801 the first mines set to destroy the fortress of Tortona were laid. The building was completely razed to the ground in a few months, with the exception of some remnants of the town wall and of the bell tower. The latter became the symbol of Tortona.


7 Km from OASI
  Area Tortona, Alessandria, Godiasco Salice Terme
ABBEY OF RIVALTA SCRIVIA Just a few kilometres from Tortona, the Abbey of Rivalta is all that remains of the monastery belonging to the Cistercian monks. It was erected between 1180 and 1183, but was completed only in the second half of the XIII century. During this period, the Abbey exerted a strong economic influence over the whole area between Tortona and Novi. It became a parish church in 1576. The monastery was abandoned by the Benedictine monks at the end of the XVII century. After some transfers of property, in 1653 a private citizen bought the whole complex to build his residence there. The abbey was suppressed in 1810 by a Napoleonic decree. The building has a characteristic Cistercian architecture between the Lombard Romanesque and the French Gothic. The facade is simple and linear. The reconstruction of the bell tower dates back to the second half of the XVI century. The organization, the elevation of the current church, the sacristy and the chapter house, which are still preserved, confirm that it was erected ex novo and adhering to Saint Bernard's Cistercian rules of simplicity and linearity. INTERIOR: The church, follows the design of a Latin cross with apse and quadrangular side chapels with a barrel vault. It is a building of considerable size: the nave is 40 metres long and 16 metres wide. The nave and the transept are covered by ribbed cross vaults, while the aisles by cross vaults. The stone and brick pillars are characterized by a remarkable morphological variety. The choir, that presents a barrel vault, is made of an apse, that is flanked on each side by two rectangular chapels. Keeping to the precepts of the order, the monks did not want any luxurious ornaments, any sculptures, any paintings, but only a linear and geometrical ornamentation for capitals, friezes, rose windows and vaults. The most important element of the abbey is represented by the frescos, dating back to the second half of the XV and to the first years of the XVI century. They were recovered during the restoration works in 1941-1942. The style of the frescos is influenced by a Lombard trend. The presence of the painter Franceschino da Boxilio from Castelnuovo Scrivia is certain. It is a fact that he painted San Cristoforo (dated 1490) on the fourth pillar on the right, and a scene portraying the Virgin, the Bambino (the Child), a Carthusian monk and Christ the Redeemer in the second chapel of the transept on the right. Only the Chapter House of the monastery still remains and it has a Gothic-Cistercian style. Situated at a lower level, it is divided into nine spans, pointed cross vaults with brick ogives and keystone supported by four columns. The original columns, exhibited inside the Chapter House, were replaced during restoration works in 2000. - Ass. culturale 'Amici dell'Abbazia di Rivalta' cell. 329-9172442 - - parish: tel. 0131-817150


Loc. TORTONA - PIEMONTE  Navigatore
1 Km from OASI
  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Godiasco Salice Terme, Alessandria
Orsi Agricultural Machinery Museum An example of industrial archaeology, the museum is presently located in the area of the ex Orsi agricultural machinery factory. It covers an area of 1800 square metres. The Orsi agricultural machinery factory took its first steps at the end of the nineteenth century. It then went on to become, in the 30s and 40s of the twentieth century, a world-wide industrial reality, among the first in this industry. In the post-war period difficulties in the global market arose, then after many vicissitudes, in 1964, the firm d bankruptcy. Later this disused industrial area was bought by the Municipality of Tortona. The complex has undergone many transformations over the years. The permanent exhibition includes 15 of the 22 models from the collection of the Orsi and Berri families and, in addition to the first 'hot-head' tractor produced by the Orsi firm, dating back to 1927, it comprises other tractors, locomotives, fodder balers, threshing machines, and harvesters. All these machines trace the production of the factory from its origins until the late fifties. - free entrance - opening time: Ufficio Turismo e Manifestazioni - 0131 864290 / 846297 -


39 Km from OASI
  Area Certosa di Pavia, Rozzano, Vernate
The Cathedral of Pavia, dedicated to St. Stephen the Martyr and St. Mary of the Assumption is the most imposing church of Pavia and an important Renaissance building, a combination of central and longitudinal plan that anticipates the typological research around the basilica of St. Peter in Rome. It has a grand octagonal dome masonry, among the largest in Italy for height and width; considering the lantern, is the fifth highest after the Mole Antonelliana in Turin, San Gaudenzio in Novara, Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence and Milan Cathedral, the sixth if you consider San Pietro in Vaticano. The beginning of the work of the cathedral dates from the fifteenth century, though the construction lasted long into the twentieth century and is still not complete with regard to the marble facing, especially outside. It stands on the site of two pre-existing ancient Romanesque cathedrals, united and interconnected, Santo Stefano and Santa Maria del Popolo (the remains of which are visible at the level of the crypt). These buildings were gradually demolished to make way for the new cathedral. The monument is a building of considerable size. The church consists of three naves (the center of the double side and crossed by a tunnel infeasible), both in body and in the longitudinal transect. The aisles are flanked by semicircular chapels. The interior of pure architectural lines of Renaissance, returns an impression of great grandeur, amplified by the brightness of pure white marble tiles of Ornavasso, Angera and Carrara. The grandiose proportions are more noticeable once you reach under the dome daring. The plant consists of a Greek cross with four arms of equal length; the arm at the entrance, to the west, is composed of three bays while the two arms of the transept, north and south, and that of the chancel in the east, are composed of only two bays wide and end with a semicircular apse , having a depth equal to the third arm of the bay entrance. In effect, then, the building is equally long and wide at the transept. The wooden model instead shows the longitudinal extension of the nave, which was supposed to provide for eight spans. If this project had been completed, would have resulted in many changes to the urban fabric surrounding the cathedral, including the abolition of the Piazza Duomo, the demolition of the episcopal palace, and probably the Torre Civica. The octagonal dome is high, with the cross of the top, 92 meters above the floor inside, which become 97 meters when you consider that the construction is slightly raised above the street level. The diagonal of the dome is externally of 35.8 meters, while the maximum diagonal measurement within 30 meters. It is inspired by the dome of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, which incorporates the structure composed of two shells in masonry, with internal and external structural function, covered with sheets of lead, with the protective function of the first. The dome is topped by a slender lantern that matches the design of the wooden model, and relies on a high drum with large windows. The dome is supported by eight pillars from the complex form, among the major of Lombardy for dimensions, connected by arcs, and consisting of a core of bricks and a marble facing; because of the enormous weight of the dome (20,000 tons), the pillars have needed a recent and urgent intervention of consolidation, having risked collapse because of a state of flexion. Other interventions were needed to drum that had unusually high slits, you probably already present since disarmament. Below the chancel is vaulted crypt, which was completed in 1492 and the design of which is attributed to Bramante. Under the south arm of the transept there are remnants of the Romanesque crypt of the ancient medieval cathedral of Santa Maria del Popolo, preserved during the construction of the transept in 1931-33 and recently restored and made part of a museum visit. The main altar dates back in parts to 1521, of Gianpietrino Rizzi, a pupil of Leonardo; another part is in the fray Bernardino Gatti (1531). The cathedral houses the remains of San Siro, the first bishop of Pavia (III-IV century) and the relics of the most Holy Thorns in the crown of Christ.


1 Km from OASI
  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Godiasco Salice Terme, Alessandria
Piazza Aristide Arzano and Guidobono Palace It was erected as a mansion in the 15th century and belonged to a branch of the Guidobono family of Tortona, who subsequently bequeathed it to the Guidobono, feudal lords and the counts of Castellaro and Monleale, at the beginning of the 18th century. Amply restructured, it became the seat of the Sabaudo governor of the town and province. Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century it was the administrative centre of the town; in effect, it became the seat of the Town Hall and the Napoleonic mayor's ( Maire) mansion. Between 1939-1942 the architect Carlo Ceschi designed the Gothic facade. From the mid-fifties to 1996 this Palace housed the civic cultural institutes: the Roman museum, civic library and art gallery. Today it is the seat of the IAT (Information and Tourist Centre) and of temporary painting exhibitions. Inside the Palace there is a bronze door, a significant work of fine ution. It also has a fifteenth-century wooden ceiling with a heraldic motif. On the ground floor there is the Sarcophagus of Publio Elio Sabino, dating back to the second half of the III century A.D.. It consists of a white marble coffin of considerable size with a series of bas relief. It was sculpted by a freed man of Greek origin in honour of his prematurely dead son. In the basement there are the remains of Roman masonry and mosaic flooring with a Renaissance frigidarium, used in the past to collect snow during winter and to keep perishable food. As we wait to host the archaeological collection of the Civic Museum again, Guidobono Palace has become the reference point for temporary exhibitions, with the aim of valorizing different art forms. Painting, photography, sculpture, classical and contemporary art, world famous artists alternate with emerging ones in this splendid setting. The idea is to valorize the artists while at the same time offering many artistic and cultural opportunities to visitors. The fifteenth-century Palazzo Guidobono and the rebuilt civic tower characterize this square. The current shape of the square is the result of the urban transformation of the town in the 1940s. During the urban transformation some buildings were demolished and a new area was created, subsequently named after general Aristide Arzano, who was the promoter of the 'Society for the study of history, of economics and of arts of Tortona' in 1903. Thanks to this stimulus, a museum and a civic library were also founded. On the side of Arzano Square, along Carlo Mirabello Street, there is located the Civic Palace and seat of the Civic Library and the Cloister of the Annunziata Nunnery adjoining the Civic Theatre.


1 Km from OASI
Altitude: 129 mt. a.s.l.  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Godiasco Salice Terme, Alessandria
Civic theatre The Civic theatre was built between 1836 and 1838, following the project by the engineer Pietro Pernigotti from Tortona. For its harmony and the grace of its structure it has always been considered a jewel of a theatre. After the inauguration in May 1838, the artistic activity of the next hundred years was rich, with more than 80 official seasons. The last real lyrical season was in 1939 and, after some sporadic theatrical performances in the post-war period, the theatre was closed in 1952. The theatre remained closed until the 80s, when restoration works were begun. Having been returned to its original splendour, it was inaugurated for the second time on the 2nd May 1990, and so became once again part of the heritage of the town community. On the outside uniformity of style is created by a continuous facade. The windows are topped with a stucco frieze. You can see three medallions, which portray Metastasio, Goldoni and Alfieri. The facade is crowned by a fastigium with the Coat of Arms of Tortona. The interior consists of three rows of stalls, a horseshoe-shaped parterre and a gallery, all finely decorated with pictorial friezes and stucco. The central medallion of the vault depicts Minerva crowning Music, Poetry and Painting while the historic curtain is dedicated to Orpheus's descent to the Elysian fields. Both were designed by Luigi Vacca, artist and stage designer from Turin. The theatre season Since 1990 the Civic Theatre, during the autumn-spring period, houses the drama season with a rich program of performances of various genres. These performances, that combine quality and attraction, are brought to the theatre by the most important national acting companies. Personalities such as Giorgio Albertazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Rossella Frank, Paolo Villaggio, Giuseppe Pambieri, Sebastiano Somma, Valeria Valeri, to name but a few, performed on this stage. But the theatre means also music. The concert season is assigned to the 'Friends of music', a town association. Thanks to this association, the works of the great composers of classical music, performed by important and talented musicians (some of them are also world famous), arrive in Tortona.


Loc. TORTONA - PIEMONTE  Navigatore
2 Km from OASI
Altitude: 124 mt. a.s.l.  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Godiasco Salice Terme, Alessandria
Permanent exhibition, a museum area with the intent to deepen the birth, formation and development of an Italian phenomenon of primary importance, recently celebrated abroad and the subject of increasing interest. The collection documents a pivotal moment in Italian art of the century in all its historical and social context through dialogue of the original nucleus of paintings by Giuseppe Pellizza Volpedo with subsequent targeted acquisitions of works by important artists who, in the field national, have interpreted the painting divided. The paintings trace a path of great level, experimentation chromatic scapigliatura, most mature application of the technique divided by the socially engaged artists of the nineties of the nineteenth century until the empirical approaches within the symbolist and the first essays of the Futurists to divisionism which was the language of modernity.


40 Km from OASI
  Area Certosa di Pavia, Rozzano, Vernate

Pavia e' una delle province della Lombardia, e' situata nella parte bassa della Pianura Padana e si trova vicino alla confluenza del Ticino nel Po. Conta circa 75.000 abitanti e la sua provincia comprende tre aree differenti: il Pavese, la Lomellina e l''Oltrepo. In epoca romana la citta si chiamava Ticinum mentre il nome successivo, Papia, deriva da quello di una tribu romana alla quale era stata associata. La citta fu poi conquistata dai Goti di Teodorico e ne divenne una delle sue capitali. Divento poi capitale longobarda (572-774), e nel 774, dopo mesi di assedio, si arrese ai franchi di Carlo Magno. Nel 1359 passo ai Visconti di Milano e dal 1454 agli Sforza. Nel 1525, dopo la vittoria sui di Carlo V sui francesi, Pavia segui le sorti del Ducato di Milano e passo prima agli spagnoli e successivamente, all''inizio del Settecento, all''Austria e quindi ai Savoia tramite il trattato di Worms datato 1743. Con l''unita d''Italia Pavia prosegui la sua espansione con la costruzione della ferrovia per Milano nel 1862. Da Vedere: Ponte Coperto: collega il centro storico di Pavia al quartiere del Borgo Ticino. L''attuale costruzione, inaugurata nel 1951 dall''allora Presidente della Repubblica Luigi Einaudi e' in realta il rifacimento di un preesistente ponte medievale che fu gravemente danneggiato durante i bombardamenti del 1944 e abbattuto nel dopoguerra (1949). L''odierna costruzione e' a 5 arcate ed e' lunga 182 metri. A Pavia da vedere anche il Duomo, le chiese romaniche di San Michele e di San Pietro in Ciel d''Oro e il castello Visconteo risalente al 1360. Certosa di Pavia: sorge a circa 8 km da Pavia ed e' stata eretta per volere di Gian Galeazzo Visconti, primo Duca di Milano. La sua costruzione fu iniziata nel 1396 e si concluse solo nel 1542, a causa di numerosi ritocchi e modifiche. La Chiesa rappresenta un singolare connubio di elementi gotici e rinascimentali tra guglie, archi e trafori. L''interno e' a tre navate divise da pilastri e fiancheggiate da 14 cappelle laterali. Il convento dei monaci si articola intorno ai 2 chiostri: su quello grande si affacciano le 23 celle nelle quali i monaci si dedicano al lavoro manuale, alle Sacre Scritture e alla meditazione. Nel chiostro piccolo si concentrano gli elementi di vita in comune ed e' collegato con la Chiesa. Vigevano: Fiore all''occhiello della Lomellina, zona pianeggiante delimitata dai fiumi Po, Ticino e Sesia, Vigevano e' un importante centro calzaturiero. Da vedere la Piazza Ducale, esempio di arte rinascimentale che costituisce una delle piu compiute realizzazioni urbanistiche del Quattrocento lombardo. Nella piazza, circondata da portici ed arcate, si erge sul lato est il Duomo di s. Ambrogio, in stile barocco. Nella parte alta della cittadina sorge il Castello risalente al 1345 Oltrepo: vasta area in cui si distinguono una fascia pianeggiante &il cui centro piu importante e' Voghera and una zona collinare e una montana. Da ricordare Salice Terme, rinomata stazione termale e Varzi, con il suo incantevole borgo di impronta medievale.


Loc. MORTARA - LOMBARDIA  Navigatore
40 Km from OASI
  Area Vigevano, Garlasco, Abbiategrasso
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goose salami of Mortara is a meat cooked meat goose and pork. Boasts certification Protected Geographical Indication. The goose salami from Mortara PGI is obtained from the flesh of geese born, reared and slaughtered within the areas of the Lombardy region. The area of origin and main production is located in the Province of Pavia, in Lomellina, in the municipality of Mortara. In the production of goose salami of Mortara raw materials are formed by the lean parts of the goose to 30-35%, the lean parts of the pig, such as the cup of the neck, shoulder or other lean parts for 30 -35% and the fatty parts of the pig, such as bacon or pancetta, the remaining 30-35%. The percentage of goose meat used, it should never fall below a third of the total. The chopped meat goose and pork is mixed with salt, pepper and various spices. The resulting compound is wrapped in the skin of the goose, sewn and bound by hand giving the characteristic asymmetric shape. It is therefore well covered with a cloth and let it dry for a few days. After drying, is teased and cooked in hot water (not boiling). Once ready is cooled, resulting ready for consumption.


Loc. TORTONA - PIEMONTE  Navigatore
4 Km from OASI
  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Godiasco Salice Terme, Alessandria
SCRIVIA PARK In 45 B.C. Tortona started to exploit the Scrivia river (at that time called 'Olubria' by the Romans) to foster agriculture; at this time the waters were partly channeled and the first canalizations were laid down. Between 1550 and 1850 a close network of canals was built. The irrigation ditches and canals, often decorated with lines of trees, were employed for domestic use, the rotation of mills, kilns and other industries. The Scrivia river has its source on the Monte Prela' (1406 metres above sea level), where it is called Laccetto. In Brovia it joins the Pentemina river and it takes the name of Scrivia. After a course of 90 kilometres it flows into the Po river shortly after crossing the line between the Piedmont and Lombardy regions. From a morphological point of view, contrary to the waterways with a strong flow rate, the Scrivia river does not possess a wide, uniform riverbed, but its flow is divided into different courses that intersect and separate again continuously. On the whole the climate of the area is continental. The natural vegetation is represented by mixed woodland and inside the park there is an extraordinary botanical variety; it is characterized by the presence of typical riverside trees, shrubs such as hawthorn and the eglantine, that offer a unique visual delight in late spring. The Park of the Scrivia is the ideal habitat for many birds and wild animals, including woodpeckers, green woodpeckers, blackbirds, grey herons, little egrets, ducks and mallards. In the park there are also squirrels, pheasants and hares. On the sides of the riverbank live chubs, barbells, carps, tenches, pikes and eels. ITINERARIES The itineraries, by bike, on foot or on horseback, cross the territory of eight municipalities of the province of Alessandria and follow the Scrivia riverbed. The terrain on the whole is good and well kept. There are some particularly interesting crossings represented by fords on the tributaries of the Scrivia river and bridges on the state highways, that are necessary to reach the other side. All paths are well-equipped and provided with notice boards showing the natural features of the area. While walking in this area, it is possible to see houses, called 'trunere', very old dwellings made of bare earth. This building technique dates back to the Middle Ages.


1 Km from OASI
  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Godiasco Salice Terme, Alessandria
ARCHAEOLOGICAL ROMAN SITES The foundation of the Roman colony of Dertona came about between 123 and 118 B.C.. Dertona played an important role as a travel hub; from here the Via Fulvia passed (leading to Turin), the Via Postumia, that joined Genoa to Aquileia passing through Libarna, a stretch of the Via Aemilia Scauri. Then there was the Via Iulia Augusta, that joined the Pianura Padana (Great Plain) area to Vada Sabatia (currently Vado Ligure) and also the Via Vercelli, named for its destination. In the vicinity of Tortona there are still many visible signs of Roman colonization. The ruins of the ancient Roman town began to emerge during construction works in the first half of the last century. Archaeological excavations, carried out in recent years, have brought to light short fragments of urban pavement, remains of cocciopesto flooring, parts of an aqueduct, walls and burial mounds. ROMAN PUBLIC BUILDING - via Rinarolo Near the graveyard of the town a significant stretch of the city walls, dating back to the first century B.C., was discovered. It shows construction characteristics similar to, and an orientation parallel to the walls of via Alle Fonti. The buttresses on the outer side recall the terrazzamento works in opus vittatum, in central and southern Italy starting from the second and first centuries B.C. ROMAN NECROPOLIS - via Emilia Leaving the town in the direction of Voghera, along the Via Emilia (in other words the ancient Via Postumia), on the right side of the road there is a Roman necropolis. At the crossroads to Via F.lli Pepe you can see two podium gravestones dating from the early Augustan Age. Made of sandstone blocks, these mausoleums have no burial chamber inside; in effect they were only used as monuments to cover the burial site. Proceeding along the Via Emilia, but on the left side, at the crossroads to Via degli Orti, there is a fenced area and the base of another gravestone. The position of these ruins leads us to presume that the graves were not built at a regular distance, but they were divided into units starting from the areas closest to the town. REMAINS OG ROMAN WALLS - via Alle Fonti The imposing walled structure, which presents a tower with a rectangular base preserved to a height of about 2 metres, dates back to the Era of the Roman Republic, when it was the eastern part of the city walls. The orientation of the wall structure is perfectly consistent with the centuriation of the surrounding area. The construction technique is based on the use of dry stones, externally covered by limestone blocks, that are aligned in regular horizontal rows. Maintenance works, made with bricks, also recycled bricks, date back to XVI century. This was probably the last period of restoration and use of the defensive structure. REMAINS OF THE HOSPITAL OF SANTA CROCE - via Emilia The 1989 archaeological excavations brought to light the remains of the Church and the Hospital of Santa Croce, dating back to the end of XII century and dedicated to Saint John, patron saint of the Gerosolimitan order. The Church, placed on the right side towards Voghera, has only a central aisle, that ends with a semicircular apse in cobblestone and stonework. It was not possible to recover the paving because the preserved structure was only at the level of the foundations. On the south side there is a rectangular building, of which it was possible to identify a part of the walls. These buildings were the domus and the hospital itself.


29 Km from OASI
  Area Zavattarello, Montesegale, Godiasco Salice Terme
  Brochure PDF
The man was able to give such prominence to the pig: the raw material. Salami in these areas appears to be strictly a primary production. A production, ie, a mixture of coarse obtained with the use of all the parts of the pig, in particular of the most valuable. So the people were enthusiastic art dell'insaccare, using the few flavors that the environment could provide as: wine, garlic, salt and pepper. The salt thus enters composing the taste of salami in a right amount. Neither too much nor too little; the union of all these elements in balance between them ensued, after a careful and long aging, a product with a delicate flavor that characterizes the fragrance of the final product.


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40 Km from OASI
  Area Ovada, Isola del Cantone
A choice of the nature and culture The vast plateau of Marcarolo is located in the mountainous area of the Ligurian-Piemontese, in the extreme south of the province of Alessandria, located geologically in the tem known as the Group of Voltri. The park area is dominated by the massive pyramid of Mount Tobbio and has the distinction of enjoying the view of the Ligurian Gulf, located less than ten kilometers as the crow flies. The area is of particular interest because of the abundance of waterways and wetlands.


2 Km from OASI
Altitude: 123 mt. a.s.l.  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Godiasco Salice Terme, Alessandria
  Brochure PDF
The city of Tortona in 1535 was given as a dowry to Christina of Denmark, wife of the last Duke of Milan Francesco II Sforza; the princess, her husband's death, she remarried and became Duchess of Lorraine. In 1535, Tortona was taken over by the Spaniards along with the Duchy of Milan, in this period was fortified and elevated to defensive stronghold on the southern borders of the duchy of Milan. Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Lorraine no more, returning from a pilgrimage in Tortona wanted to recover, but at the time it was impossible because the castle was occupied by Spanish troops. She then stood in Rivalta few years, then in 1579 the City Council restored for her a palace which stood where is now located the Cinema Teatro Sociale, and she resided there until his death in 1590 at the beginning of the seventeenth century the most beautiful part of the city, namely the Castle, was destroyed by the explosion of gunpowder that the Spanish had settled in the belfry thus destroying the cathedral. It was the scene of fighting during the War of the Spanish Succession (1706) came under Austrian rule for a short period. In 1738 it was annexed to the dominions of Savoy by Carlo Emanuele III as a result of the War of the Polish Succession. His successor, Victor Amadeus III of Savoy rebuilt the fortress of Tortona between 1773 and 1778 In 1796, with the fall of Napoleon in Italy, the castle was ceded to the French armistice of Cherasco. Arresasi the Austro-Russian Suvorov after the Battle of Novi (1799), passed again into the hands of the French who settled in its territory their headquarters during the Battle of Marengo (14 June 1800). Following the agreements reached with the Tsar of Russia, Napoleon ordered the dismantling of the fortifications (1801) and the destruction of the castle and Tortona was annexed to the French Empire in 1802 finally returned to the Savoy in 1814 and enjoyed a period of great splendor, which were built in the city theater (1838), the police station and the arcades of Via Emilia. The second half of the nineteenth century represented the city for a period of prosperity, evidenced by deep urban renewal period and several citizens tortonesi participated in the initiatives of the Risorgimento. During the twentieth century, the period of continuous economic growth, thanks to the birth of many industries and are refurbishing large parts of the city center. In 1931 was built the Shrine of Our Lady of the guard at the initiative of St. Luigi Orione. During the Second World War it was bombed and partially destroyed and in March 1944 the Castle 10 partisans were shot in retaliation. After the war, together with the economic boom of the sixties, in Tortona developed several industries that brought wealth and prosperity to the city, as a result there was an increase in population due in part to the immigration of workers from the South and Tortona expanded by building the suburbs to the north , west and south of the city. - Town hall corso Alessandria, 62 - phone number +390131-8641 -


3 Km from OASI
  Area Cascina Rivalta Scrivia, Godiasco Salice Terme, Alessandria
Sanctuary of Madonna della Guardia The Sanctuary, built at the request of San Luigi Orione, rises up in the San Bernardino district. Works started in 1928 and finished in 1931. The church is characterized by a monumental tower, that is 60 metres high. It was finished in 1959 and at the top was erected the statue of the Madonna with Child, that is 14 metres high and made of molten bronze and covered with gold. The gothic-byzantine church has a central plan and the vaults are placed on marble pillars of immense proportions with floral capitals, that represent Mary's virtues. The interior is illuminated by light coming through the precious polychrome windows. In the apse is located the sculptural group of Madonna della Guardia (2,90 metres high and 6 quintals). The church houses the shrine where Don Orione's mortal remains are conserved. He was canonized by Pope John Paul II on 16th May 2004. The &memories hall' houses oil paintings, portraying episodes from Saint Orione's life, and also some of his clothes and objects. In the center is situated the bronze work Don Orione morente by Arrigo Minerbi. THE CRIB It is located in the Centro Mater Dei, next to the Sanctuary. This is an ancient tradition; following the example of their founding father, the Orionini have always cultivated a love for the crib. They set up a detailed crib in the 1950-60s in the crypt, but it was totally destroyed by the overflow of the Ossona creek in 1977. A few years later it was rebuilt in the present location; it was also renovated and extended in 2004 on the occasion of Don Orione's canonization. Today this is one of the largest mechanized cribs in Europe. Centro Mater Dei - via Don Sparpaglione 15 Sunday from 15 to 18 info Provincia Religiosa di San Marziano di Don Orione - Centro Mater Dei tel. +39 0131.8183 (406, 407) - +39 0131.8183430 fax / 8183432


44 Km from OASI
Altitude: 159 mt. a.s.l.  Area Rocchetta Palafea, Ovada, Mombaldone
Acqui Terme ( Aich , Oich or Naich in Piedmont ; Statiellae or Aquae Aquae Statiellorum in Latin) is a town of 20,566 inhabitants in the province of Alessandria.Acqui Terme is located in the south- eastern upper Monferrato on the left bank of the river Bormida , which , after the confluence of the two branches of Spigno and Millwall , it opens the way toward the plain of Alexandria, between gently rolling hills . The city is located in a strategic position at the crossroads of several important roads : the road that goes from the Turchino in Nizza Monferrato Asti , Acqui and Ovada Voltri and the Val Bormida from Alexandria port to Savona , through the Pass of Cadibona and finally that of the Redwing , from Acqui and Savona in Varazze to Colle del Giovo , a scenic route but full of curves. The oldest is the Borgo Pisterna , adjacent to the Borgo Nuovo and the Borgo San Pietro together represent the current center of the city , which was then gradually went towards developing both the plain towards the hill. In more recent times , and beyond the river Bormida has developed the spa area and the bathrooms , with the Hotel Antiche Terme , home to a magnificent park , the thermal baths and numerous hotels, and the villages of Ovrano and Lussito . The first event for those who arrive in the city is the visit to Piazza della Boiling, on the side of the central Italian course . Here, at the center of the square , is placed octagonal marble shrine , built in 1879 by architect John Cerutti , surrounding a hot spring from which flows the boiling water and curative : 560 liters per minute at 74.5 C sulphurous water , salt, bromine and iodine . A legend says that newborn babies were brought to the source to be immersed for a moment : he emerged alive , deserved the appellation of sgaiento' , that is burned .


41 Km from OASI
  Area Castel San Giovanni, Pianello Val Tidone, Costa Cornaggia
The Oasis Bosco Negri was a privately owned land since the end of the last century, in 1968, bequeathed to the City of Pavia by Giuseppe Negri, a citizen bunting great lover of nature. In the aftermath of a violent storm in 1988 is given in the management Lipu that turns it into a natural oasis equipped, through an agreement with the City Pavia. The Oasis is also identified as a Nature Reserve, within the Regional Park Lombard Ticino Valley. The Oasis Bosco Negri is a good example of the lush vegetation that covered much of the Po Valley, before the reclamation works carried out in 89 BC by the Romans. Area as Bosco Negri is an ideal island for many animals, located between stretches of crops and the urban periphery. Birds are especially abundant in all seasons. Are four species of woodpeckers nesting: the Woodpecker, very common; the Green Woodpecker, this paired with a very noisy and easy to spot; Wryneck, which migrates in winter in warmer areas; and finally, the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, a real gem for its rarity in the plains. Among the owls is common Allocco, but the Oasis is a great site for viewing birds of prey: the summer is easy to observe the changes in flight Hobby, while in winter arrive Buzzard and Sparrowhawk. The birds share the nature of the forest with many other animal species.


33 Km from OASI
  Area Vigevano, Mortara, Vernate
L 'Oasis of Bosco Vignolo born around a nucleus of land purchased by the City of Garlasco in the 70s just to preserve the peculiar humid environments resurgence, typical of this area of the Po Valley. The Oasis of Vignolo Bosco was born in 1998 by an agreement between the City of Garlasco, the Lombard Park of the Ticino Valley and Lipu, which manages the conservation of nature and environmental education and awareness. The remarkable environmental diversity of the Oasis is reflected in numerous and varied avifauna, cheannovera both species typical of forest environments (like Chickadees, Wrens, Orioles, Cuckoos and Jays) that the characteristics of ecotems marsh (herons, ducks, and Kingfishers Gallinelle but also amphibians like the red frog, the tree frog, the toad and the common, the two Tritons plain, or the Crested and Dotted). In the spring, where the forest is more dense, then you hear a chorus of uninterrupted songs and calls, accompanied by the rapid drumming of Woodpecker and the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, the laughter of the Green Woodpecker, and the warning signs of Hobby, a raptor sed hunter of small birds and dragonflies. During the winter it is rather common to see in flight, while looking for a suitable prey, the buzzard, the Harrier and the common or fly from bush to bush the Regulus and the Siskin, the Dunnock and Chaffinch. In the field of conservation are then marked the beginning of two reintroduction projects, both in collaboration with the Ticino Park and the University of Pavia: that of the Spadefoot Toad, a small toad of the Po Valley now at risk of extinction, and that of the crayfish.


37 Km from OASI
  Area Acqui Terme, Bosio, Varazze
Ovada growing grapes and in particular the Dolcetto grape variety is definitely secular. This vine has always characterized the vineyards in the area, to the point that he was also called Grape Ovada, or naturalists, Grape Ovadensis. The expansion of the screw Ovada, however, was always limited by the presence of forests and other crops, only the early nineteenth century viticulture had a notable increase thanks to higher prices which advised cultivation. The name Dolcetto is not to suggest a sweet wine, derives from the dialect word 'dusset' which means hill or off. Despite having characteristics that aging is a wine to be drinkable and moderate total acidity and alcohol content wine give us a highly coveted for its adaptability cuisine. In 1972 Dolcetto d'Ovada obtained the Denomination of Origin Controlled and there are now seven different areas in Piemonte DOC for the Dolcetto grape variety. Several times a Dolcetto d'Ovada have been recognized characteristics that indicate the Ovadese as optimal area for the cultivation of this variety. In 1987 he founded the Association for the Protection of Dolcetto d'Ovada. Quality assurance is recognized by a specific brand that is issued to members only after a thorough laboratory analysis and tasting by a technical committee. The area of production of Dolcetto d'Ovada Area of Dolcetto d'Ovada includes the territory of 22 municipalities in the Province of Alessandria Ovada epicenter. The area is hilly and winds around the river Orba. The territory consists mainly of steep hills, with barren lands, thin, muddy, from the weathering of volcanic tuff and limestone, belonging to the ancient tertiary. It is the land that give the finest products, the most fragrant wines and quality. Around Ovada. Tagliolo Monferrato. Municipalities are Ovada, Belforte Monferrato, Bosio, Truss d'Orba, Carpeneto, Casaleggio Boiro, Cassinelle, Castelletto d'Orba, Cremolino, Lerma, Grind, Montaldeo, Montaldo Bormida Mornese Morsasco, Parodi Ligure, Prasco Roccagrimalda, St. Christopher, Silvano d'Orba, Tagliolo Monferrato, Trisobbio. The hilly slopes oriented Ovadese are planted with Dolcetto, while those that break on produce Gavi Cortese. In municipalities of Morsasco and Montaldo Bormida neighboring Acqui, in the hills overlooking the Bormida starts growing Barbera, Brachetto and Moscato. Dolcetto d'Ovada is a wine with a deep red color tending to garnet with aging. As a vinous, the taste is dry, soft and harmonious, pleasantly almond or bitter. The minimum alcohol content is 11.5%. Despite having characteristics suitable for aging, in particular the 'Top ', Dolcetto d'Ovada lends itself to be enjoyed young, to appreciate the most of its adaptability to a variety of dishes and pleasant to drink. Ovada, Dolcetto Wine Cellar Slina. It is an entire meal that can be easily combined with roasted red and white meats, sausages, ravioli, ravioli, noodles, pasta and risotto with meat sauce of mushrooms, polenta dishes with mushrooms, fresh cheese and mildly seasoned. Serving temperature: 18-20 C



Piedmont is in the north-west of Italy and borders Switzerland and France. True to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), Piedmont is a land of mountains. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy. Monviso, the Piedmont side of Mount Rosa and the other spectacular mountains in the region, create incredibly beautiful landscapes; there are many ski resorts as well, such as Via Lattea and Sestriere, which welcome winter sports enthusiasts with their state of the art facilities. The Alps form the background for great picturesque valleys, for example, the Val di Susa, Valsesia and Val d'Ossola. The hilly landscape of the Langhe and Monferrato is different, but still beautiful: a succession of cultivated hills and vineyards, dotted with small towns and castles. Expanses of water and rice-fields, long rows of poplars and old farmhouses make up the typical scenery of the plains around Novara and Vercelli. Lake Maggiore is the most sought-after tourist resort, with Stresa and the Borromean Islands, charming landscapes with ancient villas surrounded by beautiful lawns. Yet, nature is only one of the many attractions in Piedmont. This region has many other facets: from Turin and the Italian car manufacturing capital and with its history and remarkable cultural heritage, to other cities such as Cherasco, Alba and Ivrea. Next we come to charming medieval castles, including the imposing castle of Ivrea, and prized works of architecture, for example the famous Residences of the Royal House of Savoy and the Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains). The famous spa resorts of Acqui Terme and Vinadio offer treatments and therapy for a relaxing, reviving holiday. Discoveries and surprises of all kinds are in store for visitors to the region, including a wide range of food and wine for all tastes. The region's provinces are: Turin (regional capital), Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola and Vercelli.