Acqui Terme

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Acqui Terme

Àich  (Piedmontese)
Comune di Acqui Terme
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La Bollente spring.
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Acqui Terme
Acqui Terme (Piedmont)
Coordinates: 44°41′N08°28′E / 44.683°N 8.467°E / 44.683; 8.467 Coordinates: 44°41′N08°28′E / 44.683°N 8.467°E / 44.683; 8.467
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province Alessandria (AL)
Frazioni Lussito, Ovrano, Moirano
Government
  MayorLorenzo Lucchini (Five Star Movement)
Area
[1]
  Total33.42 km2 (12.90 sq mi)
Elevation
156 m (512 ft)
Population
 (30 April 2017) [2]
  Total19,961
  Density600/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Acquesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
15011
Dialing code 0144
Patron saint Guido of Acqui
Saint dayJune 11
Website Official website
The Virgin of Montserrat, in the cathedral. Bartolome Bermejo - Retablo della vergine di Montserrat.jpg
The Virgin of Montserrat, in the cathedral.
The cathedral. The loggia dates from the 17th century. Acqui Terme - the cathedral.jpg
The cathedral. The loggia dates from the 17th century.

Acqui Terme (Italian pronunciation:  [ˈakkwi ˈtɛrme] ; Piedmontese : Àich [ˈɑjk] ) is a city and comune in the province of Alessandria, Piedmont, northern Italy. It is about 35 kilometres (22 mi) south-southwest of Alessandria. It is one of the principal winemaking communes of the Italian DOCG wine Brachetto d'Acqui. [3]

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The hot sulphur springs have been famous since this was the Roman town of Aquae Statiellae; the ancient baths are referred to by Paulus Diaconus and the chronicler Liutprand of Cremona. [4] In 1870 Giovanni Ceruti designed a little pavilion, known as La Bollente, for the spot at the centre of the town where the waters bubble up at 75 °C (167 °F).

History

In the Roman period the place was connected by road with Alba Pompeia and Augusta Taurinorum (Turin). The local Ligurian tribe of the Statielli had joined the Romans at an early period, but were attacked in 173 BC and some were transferred to the north of the Po. In the neighbourhood of the town, near the river Bormida, are the remains of the aqueduct which supplied it. [4]

In the 6th century it became part of the Lombard kingdom of northern Italy. Acqui was ruled by its bishop from 978, becoming an independent commune in 1135. In 1278 it was annexed to the Marquisate of Montferrat, to which it belonged until the acquisition by the Duchy of Savoy.

It was connected by a railway line to Genoa in 1892.

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References

  1. "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. Bastianich, J.; Lynch, D. (2005). Vino Italiano. Crown Publishing. pp. 132, 153, 419. ISBN   1-4000-9774-6.
  4. 1 2 Wikisource-logo.svg One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Acqui". Encyclopædia Britannica . 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 154.

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