Ciao! Sit down, grab an Aperol Spritz and read all about our Italian adventures in Acqui Terme!
As you may have seen on Instagram, we traveled around to a few different cities in Italy, but today’s post is all about our “home base” while we were in gorgeous Italia – Acqui Terme. Don’t worry, though, a post about the other cities we visited are on the way!
Acqui Terme is located in North Western Italy in the province of Alessandria. We arrived into Milan’s Malpensa airport and the town was approximately a two hour ride away.
Driving into the city center, you can’t help but instantly fall head over heels for it’s picturesque narrow and winding streets and colorful buildings. Honestly, the town couldn’t be more charming if it tried.
The festival Travis was working at, put us up at the Hotel Ariston which was a stone’s throw from the center of town. Three meals a day can also be added to your stay (it was added to ours), so it was nice to have the option to eat at the hotel or one of the MANY cafes and restaurants around town.
While the town is fairly small (I’m guessing around 25,000 people live there), it was filled with weekly markets, wine bars, trendy boutiques, pasticcerias, panetterias, restaurants, cafes and gelaterias. There were multiple of each on most every block and they all looked so fantastic that it was hard to choose where to eat some of our meals out.
Oh, and since I mentioned gelato…we ate it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I started to refrain near the end of the trip, but Travis and Cecilia continued full steam ahead with the daily gelatos. There were multiple places to choose from when it came time for our daily sugar fix, but our favorite place was Crema di Gelato right in the center of town.
Another thing I ate almost every day was foccacia. I found my favorite place, Panetteria Terra Madre, while I was strolling around town with Cecilia on one of our first days there. It was around lunch time and we were headed back to the hotel for a nap, when I noticed this place because it had a LOOOOOOONG line wrapping around the building. I didn’t have time to stand in it then, but we went back later that evening and had fresh foccacia right out of the oven and got Cecilia some pizza. I instantly fell in love and went back most days for my little slice of heavenly carbs 🙂
Something we drank a whole lot of while we were in Italy were Aperol Spritzes. I had never had one and tried one one evening and never looked back. We ate dinner around 7:30pm everyday, so at about 6:30pm, we’d head down to the hotel lobby and have a drink and light snacks while Cecilia ran around. As our trip went on, we noticed more and more folks from our group drinking Aperol, so we certainly started a trend.
Travis worked most every day we were there, but he had one Sunday afternoon off, so we visited the pool in Acqui Terme. It’s one of the largest pools in Europe and it was so much fun! They had a shallow area with fountains for the kids, a couple of diving boards and a crazy number of lounge chairs to enjoy the day. You could also rent pool toys and buy food there, too.
It was a short walk from the center of town and we were sad to only be able to visit once.
The twice weekly market in town was incredible! There was an impressive number of vendors selling everything from clothes to produce and home goods to meats and cheeses.
The tomatoes and peppers were out of this world gorgeous, but we did notice there wasn’t a ton of fruit at the markets for our little fruit-atarian. The fruits that were readily available at the market were mostly stone fruits and it was HARD to find berries. There was one stall that sold them and they were PRICEY. Of course, though, once Cecilia saw them, she had to have them, so that put a little dent in our pocketbook.
Overall, we loved our time in Acqui Terme. It was a beautiful town with friendly residents and delicious food. I found it also to be a very family-friendly town with lots of great little playgrounds for Cecilia to play at and make new Italian friends. I’m happy that we spent so much time in a smaller town versus a large bustling city because it provided us with an opportunity to really get to know the area and enjoy it’s relaxed way of life.
If you visit, I know you will fall in love with all of the historic sites, winding roads and colorful buildings like we did. It also serves as a great home base for taking day trips to visit larger cities.
Oh, and how could you not like seeing gorgeous windows like this one at every turn????
I mean, if this isn’t #windowgoals, I don’t know what is…
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