IL CASTELLO DI ROCCA GRIMALDA
The Territory

Rocca Grimalda is a small town of south Piedmont, with a little historical centre, perfectly preserved.

Located half-way between the seaside and the mountains, it is known by everyone who loves good wine, typical food and natural trails.

“Exultant with castles and vineyards”: that is the perfect definition given by the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci of the territory in which Rocca Grimalda is located, the Monferrato.

Historical boroughs, museums and churches, sport, golf courses and beaches not far away, Genoa and Milan airports in less than one hour are the reasons why so many people, since the past, have chosen Monferrato as their holiday destination.

Territory slideshow

Uffici Turistici

 

Shopping

  • Acqui Terme, Alessandria, Novi Ligure: boutiques and antique shops
  • Campoligure (Ge): filigree
  • Ovada: antiques, interior design and furnishing, typical food, wines
  • Rocca Grimalda: typical food: salami, cheese, amaretti, wines
  • Serravalle Scrivia: Outlet Designer: 180 famous fashion boutiques outletserravallescrivia.com
  • Silvano d’Orba: cramp – tastings
  • Valenza: gold

Sport

Golf:

  • Capriata d’Orba (15 min. from RoccaGrimalda) Villa Carolina Golf Club www.golfclubvillacarolina.com, info@golfclubvillacarolina.com , tel.  +39 0143 467 355
  • Tassarolo (30 min. from RoccaGrimalda ) www.collinedelgavi.com, info@collinedelgavi.com , tel.  +39 0143.342264

Swimming pools:

  • Carpeneto ( 5 km): Swimming pool of the elegant hotel Villa Carmelita: special fees for our guests
  • Ovada : sport grounds of Geirino, 0143 835654
  • Castelletto dell’Orba Water theme park: www.lavagello.it
  • Capriata d’Orba (11 km): Pool 335 5962276
  • Trisobbio : (8 km):  Pool 0143 871373

Beaches:

Small river beaches in Molare and Olbicella not far from Rocca Grimalda, but also sea beaches are very near.

  • Liguria – west coast at 40 km > Genova – Ventimiglia (A10 highway) Arenzano, Celle, Albisola, Alassio…
  • Liguria – east coast at 40 km > Genova- Livorno (A12 highway) Camogli, Santa Margherita, Portofino , 5 Terre…

Tennis courts

  • Ovada – Geirino
  • Trisobbio- Loc Conca verde
  • Carpeneto – Hotel Villa Carmelita

Trekking and biking in the hills and between vineyards:

 

Thermal Bath and SPA

 

Cities to visit, museums, walkabouts

  • Acqui Terme – Elegant thermal town, rich of hotels, swimming pools and health centres
  • Alessandria – Museums and citadel (huge military stronghold) – shopping
  • Bosco Marengo – Santa Croce complex (end of 16th century), Vasari’s fresco paintings -www.complessomonumentale.it
  • Private and public castles: www.castellipiemontesi.it , www.castelliaperti.it
  • Gavi: large military fort of the Republic (17th century). www.fortedigavi.it
  • Genoa – at 50 km – An interesting city with a glorious past: museums, palaces, historical centre, ancient harbour, aquarium. Strada Nuova’s Museum (www.turismo.comune.genova.it) and Aquarium (www.acquariodigenova.it). And also, on the west and east coast, well furnished beaches and welcoming towns, sun, sea, food and music.
  • Marengo: napoleonic museum (www.marengomuseum.it)
  • Novi Ligure: Interesting historical centre with painted wall faces, built at the start of the 1500 for the families of Genoese origins. Museum of the champions (biking). Shopping.
  • Ovada: the nearest town (5 km), has many food supermarkets, a nice historical centre, sport facilities, cinemas and theatre, banks and hospital.
  • Portofino and Cinque Terre: boat excursion from Genoa (www.liguriaviamare.it)
  • Rocca Grimalda: Mask Museum, S. Limbania Church, Castle ( www.comuneroccagrimalda.it www.lachera.it )
    Sezzadio (AL): S.Giustina abbey – about 12 km from Ovada – Founded in 722 by the Longobard King Liutprando, beautiful fresco paintings of the 14th century (www.villabadia.com,  info@villabadia.com , tel. 0131. 708004)

 

Restaurants

  • Rocca Grimalda
    Trattoria alla rocca 0143 873333
    Vineria con piccola cucina: “Il diavolo sulle colline”
    Bar Genova e Bar Belvedere: piatti freddi e piccola cucina
  • Ovada
    Archivolto piazza Garibaldi Tel. 0143835208
    Da Pietro piazza Mazzini 0143 80457
    Grotta via S. Sebastiano 0143 80480

Enoteca comunale – Via Torino; tel. Comune Ovada 0143.8361
Sapori diVini- Via Francesco Gilardini, 72, 0143 821172

  • Capriata d’Orba
    “La corte dei grilli”, via Roma, 39, 0143 467425
    “Il moro”, p. Garibaldi, 6, 014346157
  • Carpeneto
    Hotel Villa Carmelita, Via Torino, 58, 0143 845800
    Farm holidays with Kitchen
  • Rocca Grimalda
    Agriturismo Cascina Tollu: Regione Rio Maggiore, 285 Tel. 0143 873430 –  www.cascinatollu.comVal del Prato – di A. Facchino –tel. 0143873437 www.agriturismovaldelprato.itTenuta Montebello – Loc. Montebello 249- 0143 876230 – www.tenutamontebello.com
  • Ovada:Ortosano” – str. Cappellette, 17- 0143 822464 – www.ortosano.com
  • CarpenetoAgriturismo Albachiara – Casale bosco grosso, 215 (accesso? da Montaldo B.) – tel. 0143 85176
    www.agriturismo-albachiara.com

 
Wine or brandy (grappa ) shops and cellars

      • Rocca Grimalda: wine: Cascina La Maddalena, Cascina Tollu, La Piria, Tenuta Montebello
      • Tagliolo (near Ovada): wine at “Castello di Tagliolo”
      • Silvano d’Orba: Brandy:Grappa Barile -Antica Distilleria Artigiana  – Via Roccagrimalda , 17 – 010.6442326.
        Distilleria Gualco-Via XX Settembre, 5  – 0143 841113