About Voltaggio (AL)

Last sunday we went to a place I really love: Voltaggio is a little country town between Genova and Alessandria. It’s not far from my grandmother’s house, in fact I love it because when I was little my grandfather was taking me there often.

One of the particularities of the town is a sulfur spring right in the middle of it’s ancient part. It was already known in roman times, with the name of Aquae Octavienses. The other name written there “êgua di surfi”, means sulfur water in our dialect, Ligure. The spring is inside an artificial cave and in the centre of a little, peaceful park where sometimes in the past I went to draw an write all by myself. Every time I go there my grandmother gives me containers to take this water back home, since it seems, despite of the bad smell, it’s very good for healt.


Near the spring there’s a very ancient house, Casa Grimaldi, that seems to be the most ancient building in all Lemme Valley. On the sign you can find out of the house (you can see it in the photo) it’s dated around 1251. It was the house of a family that was collecting fees in the territory.

Voltaggio – Alessandria, Italia

22th September 2013