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Self-guided Gourmet Piedmont 8-day Cycling Tour Level 3
Truffles, Wine and Chocolate!
Be prepared to over-indulge on the bike tour in the Piedmont region. This tour takes you to the place where quality is paramount and greatly enjoyed. Fragrant, white Alba truffles, sparkling Asti Spumante or seductive chocolate from Ferrero – oh foodies, what more could you want?
Eight days, and eight chances to be seduced by the delicacies – that’s what you get on a cycle tour to the north of Italy. Gourmets will indulge in heavenly pleasures and sample all the delicacies Piedmont has to offer. From Turin via Cerreto d’Asti, Canelli via Alba to Montafia, you will cycle through lively, historic cities and experience a varied programme. In the ‘cittá’ there are modern four-star hotels with a chic atmosphere. The complete opposite awaits you in the villages of Piedmont where you will live in comfortable and quaint ‘Agritourismi’ (farm houses) with authentic country cuisine and Italian charm that will complete your cycling adventure in northern Italy.
Over eight days you will cycle through Piedmont - home to truffles, wine and chocolate. Most of the time you will cycle on low-traffic side roads. On the shorter stages in days three and four, there is plenty time to enjoy leisurely pauses. The route is ideal for the ambitious holiday cyclist. Overall the route is quite hilly with short, but steep passages. Each day features between 35 and 50kms. So you earn a little treat in the evening! Do you love everything that smells, tastes delicious and causes goosebumps on the skin? Then this bike trip to Piedmont is just for you!
You cycle mainly on side roads with very little traffic. Due to the shorter stages you have a lot of time of your hands to just enjoy. The terrain is hilly overall with a few short but steep ascents. There will be slightly more traffic when entering or leaving a town as well as on short connective sections.
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Arrival in Turin
In the evening you will have a personal tour briefing and bike distribution. The first capital of Italy awaits you with lots of places of interest!
Turin - Capriglio/Surroundings approx 35km
In the morning, bus or train transfer up to Superga. Enjoy the marvellous view from the basilica over Turin and all the way to the Alps. The cycle route takes you through colourful vineyards from one village to the next. Today you spend the night in an ‚agriturismo’, a Piemontese country house, where the 'mama’ will prepare an authentic regional dinner menu for you.
Capriglio/Surroundings - Asti approx 30km
More and more vines line the route now. You cycle past little mountain villages and the Piedmont presents itself with breathtaking views. Your overnight stay is in Asti, a town teeming with culture. Not only famous for its eponymous sparkling wine, but also for its renowned Palio-contest, a horse race where each borough competes for supremacy for the coming year.
Asti - Canelli approx 35km
Today you cycle right through the heart of the Asti wine growing area. Each of the villages has their own distinctive traditions and invites you to a tasting of course. We recommend you take a cappuccino-break at the medieval piazza in Nizza Monferrato before you proceed to your accommodation. In proper style you spend the night in an 'agriturismo’ with its own vineyard, in which you get to enjoy the culinary specialities in the evening.
Canelli - Alba approx 40km
Today’s cycle route is characterised by marvellous views across the renowned vineyards. In Neive you walk through one of the most stunning old part of towns in Italy and in Barbareco you find yourselves in the – next to Barolo - probably most famous wine-growing town of the Piedmont. Your Day Finish however is the medieval town of Alba. This is the place where the white truffle, highly coveted by gourmets worldwide, grows in exceptionally high quality.
Alba - Montafia approx 45km
Initially you cycle in the Roero region, renowned for its heavy-bodied red wines, which can also be sampled for instance in the Enoteca del Roero in Canale. Afterwards you proceed along little streams and through dark green forests all the way to Montafia. Congenial to the rural surroundings, you spend the night yet again in a beautiful 'agriturismo’, typical dinner included.
Montafia - Turin approx 50km
Along the route you come across little sleepy villages and many a grapevine will entice you yet again to a small glass of wine. In Chieri we recommend you take a break and enjoy the beautiful piazzas and cosy little alleyways, before you cycle along the river Po for the final few kilometres. Much too soon will you have returned to the starting point of this holiday - the magnificent Turin.
Departure or extension
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