In the heart of the Val Bormida (the scene of battles of Napoleon’s campaign), the village of Spigno gathers around the old fortified site of the Medieval Castle.
Built on a rocky outcrop between two rivers it offers beautiful views of the Monferrato countryside up to the chain of the Maritime Alps. Here there was the Roman Via Emilia, which connected Acqui Terme with Vado Ligure and here, in 991, was founded the main monastic center of the Monferrato, San Quentin’s abbey.
Calanques, rocky inlets in tuff; hills rich in vineyards; chestnut and hazelnut trees; are the backdrop for this area dotted with historical villages that have preserved their rural traditions.
If you like good food, traditions and healthy living in contact with nature, Spigno and the region will meet your expectations all year long.
And why not playing sports such as trekking, fitwalking (brisk walking, nordic walking, breathwalk), tennis, golf, excursion by feet or bicycle and horseback riding.
If you prefer the exciting experience of biking all around the surroundings you may find interesting suggestions in this link Piemonte by bike.
Acqui Terme has a golf course and a horse center and if you like to play tennis you might enjoy Spigno all-weather court.
Spigno has also an elastic ball team named the Pro Spigno. Since 1988 they are taking part to the Italian championships successfully. For score and news, you might have a look to the official site: Lo Sferisterio.
If you are fond of fishing, close by, you might enjoy the Valla stream.
“Monferratoshire” has a viticulture and oenology of excellence thanks to its local grape varieties such as: Barbera, Grignolino, Freisa, Ruché, Malvasia of Casorzo. The Bormida Valley of Spigno, together with others districts, is a part of the “Alto Monferrato” wine route.
The associated products belonging to this wine route are the following: the Brachetto of Acqui Docg, the Gavi Docg, the Asti Docg, the Dolcetto di Ovada Doc, the Dolcetto of Acqui Doc, the Barbera of the Monferrato Doc and the Cortese of Alto Monferrato Doc.
If you are a “shopaholic” looking for quality shopping and Italian brands, two of the biggest outlet stores in Northwest Italy are located at approximately an hour drive from Villa Cheti.
On your way to Mondovì, where one of the outlet store is located, you might visit the Santuario of Vicoforte – Regina Montis Regalis, a monumental church located in the commune of Vicoforte. It is known for having the largest elliptical cupola in the world.
Around Villa Cheti: Valenza is well-known worldwide for high quality golden jewels production; Alessandria is famous for hats production such as Borsalino (or fedora) hat and Novi Ligure for of its delicious chocolate.