Even today, millennia after its foundation, the close connection between the city ofAcqui Terme and its thermal waters is still evident in its name. The healing properties of the water that flows in this area of Alto Monferrato were already known in Roman times. The Romans themselves built a complex system of thermal baths, as evidenced by the beautiful red-brick arches of an aqueduct preserved near the spans of the Carlo Alberto bridge over the Bormida river.
A visit to Acqui Terme could start from the Bollente fountain: the hot waters of this spring (at a temperature of around seventy-five degrees) gush forth in the geographical centre of the city, protected by a beautiful octagonal architectural structure.
A few steps further south, a gently rising road frames the façade of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, to which you can dedicate an extensive visit before heading to the Acqui Terme Archaeological Museum, housed in the Paleologi Castle: the ideal place to discover what this famous spa town would have looked like in antiquity.