From Bocchetta or Castagnola, down, along
the flow of the River Lemme to Basaluzzo
The Lemme Valley originates at the Bocchetta Pass.
If you are arriving from the south, dazed from the traffic of the city
of Genoa you have just left behind or from the north, after the turns
you faced to arrive in a few minutes from the Po Valley to 772 meters up
the hill, hardly you stop for a moment to think what meant the way of
Vallemme for the Republic of Genoa in the years that followed the
conquest of overseas lands; you plunge hurried and distracted in the
green of which the valley is immerse.
This site aims to help raise awareness about these landscapes and
countries; following the river Lemme, starting precisely from the
Bocchetta, down, down to traverse the various countries that flank it:
Voltaggio, Carrosio, Gavi (which is the biggest center), San Cristoforo,
Francavilla, Basaluzzo end other
towns and villages
of the valley.
vallemme.info, the website aims to provide
information and news on the Lemme Valley: countries, history, all that
concern it, accompanied by lots of photos ... and much more.
This is not a commercial site, anyone can contribute with material
suitable to enrich the site and make it interesting. Please get in touch
The Vallemme is characterized by a series of green hills and mountains,
sometime brilliant, sometime somber, furrowed by fresh and meandering
rivers and dotted here and there by modern towns and countries where
time seems to stand still.
The beauty of these places evokes a mood of nostalgia for a cleaner
The large views imprint a feeling of peace, and it is with amazement
that the sudden appearance of an ominous castle with thick walls and
strong towers reminds us of hardships these people have faced over the
centuries ahead against fierce invaders or greedy and ruthless rulers.
At the first meeting, the visitor is surprised by the contrast between
warlike appearance and countryside tranquility of the area; and the
purpose of this guide is to help you learn more about the reality of the
Valley and some of its neighboring towns worthy of interest.
The chestnut and oak with their chiaroscuro spots of shade and sun seem
impenetrable from far away, but turn out to be friendly and perfumed
wich enters you for a healthy walk; the gentle slopes of the meadows and
vineyards crops are lined with walking paths and trails that lead to the
flourishing farms and villages up on the mountain top where towering
steeples and where you'll enjoy priceless views.
Thanks to the soil, particularly favorable climate and absolutely ideal;
but above all thanks to the tenacity of man who has managed to create a
wealth of these natural quality, the vine grows easily and rewards the
hard work and industriousness of the inhabitants with the crop of prized
grapes that, with wise vinification, make famous wines internationally
known as: "Gavi", "Barbera", "Dolcetto", "Freisa", "Muscat of
Bosio," some sparkling "Champenois method", and other red and white
table wines, all strictly D.O.C.
After talking of wine, we do not forget about the other wealth of the
valley, that are its spring waters, often with mineral properties.
Typical of the Val Lemme, in addition to wines, are the famous "Amaretti
di Gavi" and "Amaretti di Voltaggio", a typical sweet, based on almonds,
distinguished by the deliciously soft inner pulp.
Other specialties are "Canestrelli" and various handcrafted
sweets; the most pure and precious honey and rice cakes from special
Important to remember are also the game in the hunting season, chestnuts
and fruit in general throughout the year, the local mushrooms, both, of
woodland and meadow.
Folklore and folk events mark the time between spring and fall,
gathering in various countries residents and tourists in a festive
During religious celebrations there are often processions where the
famous and symbolic "Christs" of ancient brotherhoods are also
transported through the streets.
INDIRIZZI UTILI Useful Adresses
Alessandria: Piazza Libertà 22 - tel. 0131-3041
Novi Ligure: Via P. Isola 22 - tel. 0143-2107
Bosio: Piazza Repubblica 2 - tel. 0143-684220
Ente Provinciale Turismo:
Via Savona 26 - tel. 0131/51021-53656 - Alessandria
Gavi : Piazza Dante 3 - tel. 0143/642708
Mornese: Via De Gasperi 29 - tel. 0143-87423
Voltaggio: Via Provinciale 9 - tel. 010-9301216
Ovada: Lung'Orba Mazzini 95/2 - tel. 0143-81540
Serravalle Scrivia: Via Berthoud 59 - tel. 0143-61066
Soccorso Pubblico: tel. 113
Soccorso A.C.I. : tel. 116
SERVIZI SANITARI: USSL n° 73 e u° 74
Gavi: tel. 0143-743271
Ovada: tel. 0143-81777
Novi Ligure: Via E. Raggio 12 - tel. 0143-743271
Ovada: Via XXV Aprile 22 - tel. 0143-80319
C.R.I. e Croce Verde:
Gavi: Piazza Dante 2 - tel.0143-643612
Bosio: Via Umberto I, 37 - tel. 0143-684131
Carrosio: c/o Municipio
Mornese: Piazza A. Doria - tel. 0143/87410-87423
Voltaggio: c/o AVIS - Via Anfosso 40 - tel. 010-9301214
Poste e Telegrafi:
Bosio: Via Gavi - tel. 0143-6841 16
Carrosio: Via G.C. Odino 47 - tel. 0143-683125
Fraconalto: Frazione Castagnola - tel. 010-930946
Lerma: Via Spinola 12 - tel. 0143-877119
Mornese: Via Roma 4 - tel. 0143-87417
Tagliolo Monferrato: Via Roma 4 - tel. 0143-89175
Voltaggio: P.zza Martiri della Benedicta - tel. 010-9301228
AUTOSERVIZI DI LINEA:
C.I.T. - V.le Rimembranza 62- tel. 0143-743681- Novi L.
S.A.A.M.O. - Via Rebba 28 - tel. 0143-80428 - Ovada