Tasty Piedmont & Turin (Italy)

Piedmont and Turin: a real surprise. The region’s name means “at the foot of the mountains”, the majestic Alps are a backdrop for the entire tour. The region is known worldwide for its wines and fine cuisine that includes a unique specialty: the truffle. You ride among green orchards, vineyards and beautiful hills, away from the bustle of mass tourism. Turin, Italy’s first capital, known as “Little Paris”, is also the capital of taste: great restaurants, bakeries and historic coffee bars. Full of life and elegant city, characterized by a French flair, rich of green, is the ideal city to be visited by bike.

Day by day

1st day individual arrive to Turin

The first capital of Italy in the year 1861, rich of royal residences, Turin is a former industrial city which now, after the Winter Games 2006, reveals itself as a cultural city. The city offers to visitors the Egyptian Museum (the 2dn in the world), the Cinema Museum (the only one in Italy) and the Automobile Museum, all recently renovated. Along his four rivers and in the city there are 200 km of cyclepaths.

2nd day Turin – Pinerolo km 51

The way is flat. From Turin you cycle along the Po river and its small affluents on cycle paths and small roads to the foot of the mountains; you get to the hunting palace of Stupinigi, royal residence of the Savoy family, masterpiece of the architect Filippo Juvarra in rococo style; then park by park, always along the rivers, you get to Pinerolo in a very pleasant way. The self-guided can taste and visit the food museum in Frossasco. Overnight stay in the delicious Pinerolo, medieval town where in the past there was one of the most famous schools of cavalry in Italy.
3rd day Pinerolo – Cavour – Saluzzo km 46
The way is flat. Along country roads crossing orchards and viney
ards, you get to Cavour with its curious “Rocca”, a morainic hill just in the middle of the flat, at the present time protected area. Along the day , in the small castle of Macello, the group taste some typical food of Piemont. Overnight in Saluzzo, medieval town and realm of fruits, above all kiwi exported in all world .

4th day Saluzzo – Fossano – Benevagienna – Bra km 69

Today the way is medium/easy; there are some easy ups after Fossano. There is the possibility to short and simplify the leg. On the way you can visite the very pleasant castles of Manta and Costigliole, the ancient roman town of Benevagienna and its archeological area. After Cherasco, 7 century of story and art, we arrive in Bra, the capital of gourmet, hometown of the “Slow Food” movement.

5th day Bra – Pollenzo – Barolo – Alba km 39-55

Day medium/easy; we are in Langhe area. In Pollenzo, the roman Pollentia, there is the University of taste and here we taste a good wine; then you will cycle to Alba along the river Tanaro, perfectly flat, but in the middle of the way we go with some ups to Barolo, where we can taste the wine in the castle (included on the guided tour). There is the possibility to do the tour in the hills. Overnight in Alba, the town of the white truffle and of the high houses-towers 
6th day 
Alba – Asti km 45-55
Medium or easy way. Today we are in Roero area. On the way there are the castles of Guarene and Cisterna. The 1st part along the river Tanaro and after two possibilities, continue along the river or continue in the hill. Overnight in Asti, chief town very rich of history, famous for the white wine “spumante” and his Palio, historical running of horses. For the group tasty of chocolate and torrone.
7th day 
Asti – Casale km 56
Medium difficulty. We cycle on the charming hills of the Monferrato, another part of the gourmet system. From Moncalvo you can have a very pleasant view on the surrounding vineyards. In the afternoon , after a last taste in a “agriturismo” (only for the group), you reach Casale, barock town at the foot of the hills of Monferrato, along the river Po.
8th day Casale Monferrato; end of services after breakfast ; possibility of return to Torino by train or by private minibus (own bike included)

 

Highlights

- paradise for gourmets; enogastronomy, wine, food, chocolat, Barolo, Pollenzo
- medieval small towns, Pinerolo, Saluzzo, Benevagienna, Cherasco, …
- castles (Macello, Manta, Costigliole, …) and ancient Royal Residencesduer

- parks and rivers

- cyclepaths and cycleroads

- Turin and his history

- Cavour and his “rocca”

- panoramic views from the hills

- Langhe, Roero and Monferrato areas

- Casale Monferrato and Po river

Tour character :

Medium/easy; cycle paths and small roads; some dirt patches in fairly good conditions; flat from Torino to Fossano; some easy hills in the Langhe to Barolo and in the Monferrato from Asti to Casale; some possibilities to choose between short/long and easy/medium leg

Our services:

Individual tour
- accommodation in 4 star hotel + 5 star in Turin

- bed & breakfast buffet

- optional booking of half-board is possible

- luggage transport

- travel documents (route description, maps, tips for sightseeing,..)

- parking place in Torino is possible (€ 10 per day, to pay on spot)

- service-hotline

- personal tour information upon arrival in Torino

Don’t include

- arrival and departure transfer

Return:

You have following possibilities to go back from Casale to Torino:

5 – 8 person Fee: € 25,– per person (transport of your own bike included)
duration: approx. 1,5 hours.

Reservation required !

Extra on request (per person)

French/Spanishguide on request

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