Km 16,1 / Elevation Change + 74 - 69
This section goes across the hills to the north of Alessandria: the gentle ascents and descents are rewarded with expansive views of the plains below, decorated with the silhouettes of hillside villages and the profiles of ancient monuments.

From Forlanini Bridge you leave the paved road to take the dirt road on the right, which goes alongside the Tanaro. After 1km, the road separates from the river: continue for another 400m and then at the crossroads, take the paved road on the left; at the next junction, bear to the right taking the bridge over the motorway.
Walking for a few kilometres in the countryside, you leave the busy roads of Alessandria plain and continue to the small Abbey of San Zeno (Municipality of Montecastello) and then take the Strada Comunale per Rivarone: from here you will be walking mostly on paved road, going through the main built-up areas to reach the Tortona villages, and then you take the SP80 which leads to Sale and Tortona: attention when crossing the bridge over the Tanaro because the path is narrow and the road can be very busy.

, 15100 Alessandria (AL)

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