33 imagesAcqui Terme (Piedmontese: Äich) is a city and comune of Piedmont, northern Italy, in the province of Alessandria. It is about 35 kilometres (22 mi) south-southwest of Alessandria. It is one of the principal winemaking communes of the Italian DOCG wine Brachetto d'Acqui. The hot sulphur springs have been famous since this was the Roman town of Aquae Statiellae; the ancient baths are referred to by Paulus Diaconus and the chronicler Liutprand of Cremona. In 1870 Giovanni Ceruti designed a little pavilion, known as La Bollente, for the spot at the centre of the town where the waters bubble up at 75 °C (167 °F). History In the Roman period the place was connected by road with Alba Pompeia and Augusta Taurinorum (Turin). The local Ligurian tribe of the Statielli had joined the Romans at an early period, but were attacked in 173 BCE and some were transferred to the north of the Po. In the neighbourhood of the town, near the river Bormida, are the remains of the aqueduct which supplied it. In the 6th century it became part of the Lombard kingdom of northern Italy. Acqui was ruled by its bishop from 978, becoming an independent commune in 1135. In 1278 it was annexed to the Marquisate of Montferrat, to which it belonged until the acquisition by the Duchy of Savoy. It was connected by a railway line to Genoa in 1892.
13 imagesIn addition to the nucleus of Cassine (the capoluogo) three frazioni fall within the boundaries of the comune: Caranzano - pictured here - plus Gavonata and Sant'Andrea. Cassine (Piedmontese: Cassèine) is a town and commune of the Province of Alessandria in the Italian region Piedmont. It is located 21 kilometres (13 mi) southwest of the town of Alessandria on the left of the lower course of the Bormida in the Alto Monferrato Acquese. The town lies partly in the hills, where the ancient nucleus of the settlement formed, and partly on the plain. Its economic character is agricultural: the hills are rich in vineyards where the wines Moscato d’Asti, Barbera and Freisa are produced as well as grappa.
9 imagesCasella is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Genoa in the Italian region Liguria, located about 14 kilometres (9 mi) northeast of Genoa. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 3,131 and an area of 7.8 square kilometres (3.0 sq mi). The municipality of Casella contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Avosso, Carpeneta, Cortino, Parata, Regiosi, Salvega, and Stabbio. Casella borders the following municipalities: Montoggio, Savignone, Serra Riccò, Valbrevenna.