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Zip Code  15010
Address: via matteotti, 10
Phone: +39 0144 73022
Population: 687
Altitude: mt. 328
Tipology: hill

History, art and traditions

The first positive news of Morsasco dates back to 1224 when the Marquises del Bosco donated this town and other Monferrato territories to the Republic of Genoa. In the XV century Morsasco went to the Marquises of Monferrato who then gave it as a fief to the Malaspina family of Cremolino. In 1530, the last heir of the Marquis Malaspina brought Morsasco as part of her dowry to her husband, the Trento count Giobatta Lodrone. This dynasty retained the fief until 1599, when the branch died out. Vincenzo I Gonzaga, Duke of Monferrato, sold the fief of Morsasco to Barnaba Centurione Scotto of Genoa. The township followed the fate of the Monferrato area until 1708, when it became part of the kingdom of Sardinia.

Tourism on-the-go

Morsasco is a town situated in alto Monferrato, between Acqui Terme and Ovada and its centre is dominated by the castle of the Pallavicino family that sits on a hill which provides a suggestive view over Acqui and part of the Bormida valley. It's the perfect place to spend a few relaxing days in the middle of nature, in contact with he healthy traditions and typical flavours of the Monferrato countryside.

What to see

S. Bartolomeo, 16th-century parish church. The Church of S. Vito situated slightly outside the inhabited centre, is the oldest building in this territory; it has a delightful semicircular apse. Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, the clock tower and the house called "Del Boia": in the square, above the gate into the castle, you can see a fine bell tower with clock, from 1697. Castle: superb manor house situated in a dominant position over the Val Bormida. Open all year, for groups a reservation is required. Open on Sundays from March to October by booking tel. +39 334 3769833

What to taste

Fine wines: Dolcetto d'Ovada, Cortese dell'Alto Monferrato, Barbera del Monferrato, to try out directly at the wineries around the zone. Truffles, homemade cured meats and the excellent meat from cattle raised traditionally in the local stalls (these can be bought directly from the shops and enjoyed in the restaurants).