The little known Italian town of Melazzo in the Province of Alessandria in Piedmont is surrounded by villages, churches, castles and is 4 km from the delightful spa town of Acqui Terme, where bathing in the rich sulphurous waters has been a pleasure enjoyed since ancient Roman times. Something of a popular destination, there’s a thriving industry of wellbeing centres as well as a local golf course and some fine restaurants.
The spa continues to be a big draw to the health conscious as well as those with physical ailments but is also developing into quite the modern and trendy northern Italian town. A great attraction and symbol of Acqui Terme is the square in which the natural thermal springs are located, where the water temperature measures a scorching 75°C.
The city has over 2000 years of history and offers many sights to behold aside from the springs, including cathedrals and museums and a busy calendar of artistic and musical events.
30 km up the road is the nearby town of Monferrato, famed for its food and wine festivals leading up to truffle season, while a little further afield is the province capital of Alessandria, where sights of particular interest include a statue of Gagliaudo - made famous by Umberto Eco’s classic work, Boudolino.