Acqui Terme

"Acqui" redirects here. For the Italian wine grape also known as Acqui, see Dolcetto. For the infantry division, see 33 Mountain Infantry Division Acqui.
Acqui Terme
Comune di Acqui Terme

La Bollente spring.

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Acqui Terme

Location of Acqui Terme in Italy

Coordinates: IT 44°41′N 08°28′E / 44.683°N 8.467°E / 44.683; 8.467Coordinates: IT 44°41′N 08°28′E / 44.683°N 8.467°E / 44.683; 8.467
Country Italy
Region Piedmont
Province / Metropolitan city Alessandria (AL)
Frazioni Lussito, Ovrano, Moirano
  Mayor Enrico Bertero (PdL)
  Total 33.42 km2 (12.90 sq mi)
Elevation 156 m (512 ft)
Population (30 September 2008)
  Total 20,488
  Density 610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Acquesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 15011
Dialing code 0144
Patron saint Guido of Acqui
Saint day June 11
Website Official website

Acqui Terme (Piedmontese: Äich) is a city and comune of Piedmont, northern Italy, in the province of Alessandria. 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.[1]

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.[2] 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).


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 BCE 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.[2]

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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  1. J. Bastianich & D. Lynch Vino Italiano pg 132, 153, 419, Crown Publishing 2005 ISBN 1-4000-9774-6
  2. 1 2  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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