A meeting land for over 2000 years.

QuartoPiemonte is a wonderful crossroads between traditions and cultures.
A land located on the border of four regions, with a strategic position that until not too long ago, represented the bone of contention, for the armies of half of Europe, eager to share the dominance over our territories.


The first inhabitants of QuartoPiemonte were some Ligurian tribes, that settled around the Guardamonte area at the beginning of the Eighth Century BC, but it was especially during the Roman Era that our territory gained importance, with the cities of Derthona (the ancient name of Tortona) and Libarna, important both for commercial and military reasons. Interesting traces of this era are kept at the Museum of Tortona and its remains are all over the town, where it is also kept the Maiorano Emperor mausoleum.

After the fall of the Roman empire, The QuartoPiemonte became the bone of contention among the numerous fiefdoms that dominated Italy during the Middle Ages and , for many centuries, it was divided between the influence of the  Dukedom of Milan and the Republic of Genoa. This long contrast has enriched our traditions and our villages, enriching their dialects, with semantic nuances sometimes of  Ligurian origin, other times from Lombardy and dotting the hills with towers and fortifications. Between the thirteenth and the fourteenth century it is said that the Templar brought the legendary Holy Grail to Tortona. Is it a myth or a reality? Many say that it is still hidden somewhere around here.

With the arrival of Napoleon, at the end of the eighteenth century, Quarto Piemonte officially entered the modern era. During the victorious battle of Marengo on 14 June 1800, Napoleon set up in Tortona his headquarters and he made the territory pass under the French flag, erasing, this way,  the borders that divided it for a long time. Unfortunately Napoleon has also been the craftsman of the destruction of the castle of Tortona, following the peace agreements with the Tsar of Russia. Today only some ruins and the tower of the Castle are still visible, yet very dear to the inhabitants of Tortona and symbol of the town.


Intense battles were fought during the Second World War when the Quarto Piemonte valleys became the theatre of war between the Nazi-fascist occupation forces and the Resistance. A tight battle that ended with the Liberation of Genova and of all the lower Piedmont. To this day, it is not rare coming across those moments and feelings when you walk the trails and the abandoned villages in the Borbera valley.
We could carry on telling you the QuartoPiemonte story but we stop here.

Because living it is another story!