In the surroundings
Few kilometres away from Locanda La Raia you can find some interesting, historic villages. We recommend a visit to Forte di Gavi, and a stroll along the streets of Novi Ligure to admire the town’s painted noble palaces. You can’t miss Libarna, a Roman city that dates back to the second century B.C., one of the most important archaeological sites in northern Italy, that was founded along the Postumia road, that linked Genoa to Aquileia: a very charming place where you will be able to discover the origins of this area. Activities for children are also available.
The Picture Gallery of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Tortona, dedicated to Pointillism, also deserves a visit to admire the works by Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo and Angelo Barabino. Also the picturesque village Voltaggio offers a rich picture gallery. In Borgo Marengo the historical complex Santa Croce and the magnificent Last Judgement by Giorgio Vasari in the village’s church are definitely not to be missed.
If you adore chocolate, a visit to the Bodrato factory in Novi Ligure is a must: you can visit the company and follow the daily production through its phases. A tasting of iconic Bodrato products follows: cremini chocolates, boeri (chocolate covered cherries with liqueur), fruit chocolates.
For the shopping lovers, Locanda La Raia is very close to McArthurGlen Serravalle Designer Outlet, the biggest and brand-richest in Europe.
If you have a little more time, you can reach the vineyards and hills of Langhe, part of the UNESCO world heritage. We also invite you to visit Tenuta Cucco in Serralunga d’Alba (112 km), owned by the Rossi Cairo family, for Barolo and Nebbiolo wine tasting.
In one hour drive you can reach Milan for museums, shopping and theatres, while with a half hour trip you can enjoy the marvellous historic buildings of the Genoa city centre, the little Portofino square (85 km) and the sea, or trek in Le Cinque Terre (135 km). Another recommended visit is Turin with its Palazzo Reale and gardens, the Mole Antonelliana and the Egyptian Museum.