The Marchesa Estate: the surroundings
The stay at the La Marchesa farmhouse offers countless opportunities for entertainment depending on the tastes of our guests.
We are located in a privileged location, on the gentle hills of the Gavi, in the Monferrato, Unesco heritage, on the road that joins Piedmont, Liguria and Lombardy.
The stay at the farmhouse of La Marchesa lends itself to various sports activities: walking, running, mountain biking, horseback riding, shooting, golf.
In particular, near the Estate, there are two golf courses:
Golf Colline del Gavi: 18 holes, in Tassarolo just two kilometers from the Marchesa farmhouse, it is particularly fascinating because the route winds through the Monferrato hills in a natural way.
Golf Villa Carolina: 36 holes, 18 km away, is a very famous golf course in gentle hills.
Our farmhouse is an ideal location for cultural tourism with possible itineraries in half or full day.
- Novi Ligure: 2km from the Marchesa you visit Novi Ligure, a town once home to the exchange fairs held 4 times a year by the rich Genoese merchants.
It has beautiful buildings with facades frescoed according to the Ligurian tradition, the Duomo with important paintings of the Genoese Fiasella, the Oratorio della Maddalena which preserves a splendid 17th century Calvary, with figures in painted wood in natural size (visit by reservation). Discover more aout the Oratory of Maddalena >>>
The antique market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month.
On the website of the Municipality of Novi Ligure Wikipedia cites the villa of the Marchesa, as an 18th century national monument of architectural value that deserves to be visited.
- Gavi: 3 km from La Marchesa you visit Gavi, with the ancient fort and the Cathedral.
- Voltaggio: 18 km from the Marchesa, you can visit the Pinacoteca dei Cappuccini in Voltaggio, a beautiful museum situated in a romantic position in the small convent once owned by the Capuchins.In 1800, during the suppression of many religious orders, a Capuchin, with the probable help of the Duchess of Galliera (the patron who donated Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso and the Galliera hospital to Genoa), collected many Genoese paintings from the 1600s including authentic masterpieces by Bernardo Strozzi, Sinibaldo Scorza, Fiasella, etc. (Information on opening hours at [email protected] tel 0039 347 4608672).
- Boscomarengo: 13 km from the Marchesa you visit the Monastery of S. Croce, Boscomarengo, number two among “the places of the heart” of Fai, built by Pius V (1566-1572), with spectacular cloisters and a museum with tables by Giorgio Vasari. Pius V, head of the Roman Inquisition, elected Pope in 1566 was an ascetic pope, far removed from the glories of the court, so much so that he was sanctified. During his pontificate in 1571 the Christian fleet defeated the Turks during the famous battle of Lepanto, which marked the end of Turkish domination over the Mediterranean. Precisely to the victory are dedicated two spectacular tables of Vasari more than 5 meters high. In the transept of the church you can see the tomb in Roman marble excavations brought by the Pope from Rome with a curious devil at the top in black marble.
The cloisters are particularly evocative and preserve the ancient frescoed library that once contained miniated manuscripts made by the pope (now in the museum of Alexandria). Information on opening hours at the email [email protected] tel 0039 331 4434961. Discover more about the Monastery >>>
- Libarna: 10 km from the Marquise you visit the archaeological area of Libarna, with a theater and the ruins of the ancient Roman city from the 1st century BC.
- Portofino: just 89 km from the Marchesa (1h 33 minutes by highway, exit at Rapallo) you reach Portofino, the most beautiful village in Italy, with its famous natural harbor always crowded with luxurious boats.From Portofino is reached by boat, with a regular service, Fruttuoso, in a small natural bay inside the park of Portofino. In San Fruttuoso you can visit the Monastery with the Doria tombs, but you can also have breakfast or lunch in a panoramic restaurant.
- Stresa and Borromean Islands: at 180 km from the Marchesa (2 hours by highway) visit the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore. Still owned by the Borromeo Princes, they include an island-palazzo with extraordinary furnishings and an incredible Italian garden. Another island preserves a villa on the water and a very famous botanical garden.
- Certosa di Pavia: 80 km from the Marchesa (1 hour by highway) La Certosa di Pavia, architectural jewel of the Renaissance, built by the Sforza / Visconti family, the ancient Lords of the Duchy of Milan to host their family tombs.
- Milano: 98 km from La Marchesa (1 hour 25 minutes by highway) to reach Milan.
- Torino: 118 km from La Marchesa ((1 hour 30 minutes by highway) to reach Turin.
- Genova: 60 km from La Marchesa (57 minutes by highway) you visit Genoa with the famous Aquarium and its extraordinary art museums.
Monferrato: Unesco world heritage site
In 2014 the winegrowing landscapes of the Monferrato area have been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site, attributing the exceptional historical and cultural value to the beauties, to the viticultural landscapes, to the traditions of the Monferrato.
The Unesco Centro Studi dei Paesaggi Vitivinicoli is located in Alba, Via Vernazza 6 and is open to the public from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 to 11:30.In the Documentation Center at the UNESCO Territorial Office in Alba, books, prints, illustrations and other materials relating to the Piedmontese wine-growing areas have been collected, archived and cataloged, divided into different categories: from regulations to technical manuals; from the Piedmontese culture to the thesis and research papers.
Shopping in Italy: Serravalle Outlet
La Marchesa is only 4 kilometers from the world-famous designer Serravalle Scrivia Outlet, a true paradise for shoppers. Throughout the year, but especially during the sales season, it deserves a stop.
Cinque terre and the Chinese New Year
At 163 km from the farm (2h 15 minutes on the highway) you reach the Cinque Terre, the mythical seaside villages twinned with the Great Wall of China.These are maritime villages that have remained intact due to their position overlooking the sea, once reachable only by boat.
These are places of great charm that tourism has recently rediscovered.Given the huge tourist influx already from the end of February, during the Chinese New Year, we recommend arriving in Riomaggiore, the first of the Cinqueterre, not after 9.30 in the morning, to find a place in the parking located at beginning of the country.
La Marchesa is a fantastic location for those who go to Cinque Terre for the Chinese New Year.