Acqui Terme – Piedmont’s Spa Town

One of the prettiest towns in the Monferrato area of Piedmont is Acqui Terme.
Piedmont is dotted with beautiful towns. All you have to do is follow the sign posts and you won’t be disappointed!!

Road sign, Piedmont

Which way to go!

 

 

The drive from our hotel, La Villa was stunning. Rolling hills covered in vines, old stone buildings and beautiful hill top towns beckoned.

Rolling, vine covered hills of Piedmont

The vine covered hills of Piedmont

 

 

Vine covered hills of Piedmont

More vines!

 

 

Acqui Terme has been an important town since being founded between the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C. Named Aquae Statiellae by the Romans it became a thriving trading town and many important structures were built, including the aqueduct, part of which still stands today. It was not until the 17th century that the city became famous for its thermal springs but after the World War II, these deteriorated and it is only recently that a major restoration of the city has taken place. Roman history never ceases to amaze me!
Coming from a country that is just over 200 years old, it is hard to imagine towns that have existed since the first century B.C!

 

The River Bormida divides the town in two, the old town and the new town. A central meeting point is Piazza d’Italia which lies on the edge of the old town. Cafes overlook beautiful flower gardens and the steps of water that flow from the waterfall.

Piazza d'Italia, Acqui Terme

Piazza d'Italia

 

Piazza d'Italia, Acqui Terme

Another view of the piazza

 

Cobblestone streets lead from here through the old town which are lined with elegant shops, homeware stores, fabulous food shops and inviting restaurants.

Cobble stone streets of Acqui Terme

Cobblestone streets of the old town

 

The local salumeria in Acqui Terme

Great cheeses and meats here!

 

By wandering through the narrow streets, we came upon the local market. Vendors move from town to town for each of their specific markets days. They are friendly, offering tastings of the local cheeses and meats. Castelmango, made in the small village of Castelmango, is still one of my favourite cheeses.

Market day in Acqui Terme

Market day!!

 

Another turn took us to this shaded beautiful piazza.

Shaded Piazza in Acqui Terme

Coffee under the trees

 

Acqui Terme is famous because of its thermal springs. Infact, Acqui Terme means thermal waters. These waters reach the surface in Piazza Bollente. Here a marble edifice, La Bollente has been built. You can see the steam rising from the waters which are usually at a temperature of 75 degrees Celcius. Of course I had to test the water and can vouch for it being very hot!

La Bollente, Acqui Terme

La Bollente

 

Treatments are available at two major spa facilities here. Unfortunately our stay was not long enough to indulge in these theraputic waters but maybe next time!

 

 

 

 

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10 Responses to Acqui Terme – Piedmont’s Spa Town

  1. jan April 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    Coffee under the trees looks wonderful. We saw an identical market cheese van at the market in Castel del Piano in Tuscany!

    • jenny@atasteoftravel April 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

      It was a great spot for coffee, Jan. I think the cheese guys all have these vans now. It makes life a lot easier for them though I prefer stopping at the little guy with a trestle table and a few of his homemade cheeses

  2. Krista April 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I visited the Piedmont for the first time this past Autumn and loved it SO much!!! What a gorgeous place. 🙂 These pictures brought back lovely memories. 🙂

    • jenny@atasteoftravel April 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      I’m glad to have bought back memories for you Krista. Piedmont is my favourite area of Italy though Sicily is a very close second!

  3. marina April 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Jenny – you have an excuse to return – a spa treatment would have been so wonderful! I love the shots of the vines – they have an instant calming effect. I love travel!

    • jenny@atasteoftravel April 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      So true Marina- I have given myself a reason to return….not that I need one! If only I could travel forever!!

  4. Sarah - the Hedonista April 4, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Have been meaning to get to Piedmont for many years – I am a huge fan of the wines. It looks stunning, thanks for the insight.

    • jenny@atasteoftravel April 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      You’d love Piedmont Sarah. Not only for the wines but you’d love the food as well. Piedmont has some of the best restaurants in Italy.

  5. Turkey's For Life April 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    We’re getting excited now about seeing some of the fantastic Italian architecture and scenery. This post has really whetted the appetite. Food…wine…Hmmm 🙂
    Julia

    • jenny@atasteoftravel April 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

      Thats great Julia. When do you go? You’ll love Rome. Amazing history and great restaurants and wine bars. What more do you need! Make sure you leave time to sit in the piazzas and watch the passing parade. Buon Viaggio

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