Piedmont, a paradise for gourmet lovers
Cycling in Piedmont is a real paradise for gourmet lovers, because it offers prestigious white and red wines, delicious chocolate and truffle emotions. The gentle hilly landscape with immense vineyards has a backdrop of the magnificent Alps. Piedmont has real elegance and style. The best example is the main town, Turin, the first capital of Italy 150 years ago, where the influence of French style is very evident, giving Turin the nickname of ‘little Paris‘. A pleasant surprises are the picturesque small towns rocked on hilltops.
You will visit Pinerolo and Saluzzo with their medieval charme. Cherasco in the Langhe is a small treasure, originally a medieval vicariate of the Emperor Frederick II. There is much to visit: the museum of magic, the church of Saint Peter, the sanctuary of the Madonna del popolo and the castle. Don’t miss the pleasure of a delicious dinner and the chance to sample great wines like Barolo or Barbaresco. In short, discovering Piedmont by bike is a very special experience through nature, food, wine and history.
The daily program of the 8-day tour
The initial capital of Italy and a very modern city. Turin is an former important industrial city, we only have to mention Fiat, who has the headquarters in Turin. Now Turin became a centre of culture, particularly after hosting the Winter Olympics in 2006. There are four rivers passing the town: Stura di Lanzo, Sangone, Po and Dora Riparia. A characteristic of Turin are many cycle paths. There is a lot to see: the 19th century tower ‘Mole Antonelliana’ (167,5m), symbol of the town, the National Movie Museum, Palazzo Reale (residence of the Dukes and after them the king, who governed the town), the cathedral San Giovanni Battista (15th century), the Egyptian Museum and the impressive Palazzo Madama.
Overnight with breakfast in Turin
In Venaria the route crosses through the great regional park “La Mandria”, former game preserve of the Savoia–royal family. In this park, you can see their wonderful castle and the horse stables. You pass Bussoleno, which is a delicious mountain village with typical stone roofs and houses. A nice downhill ride will bring you to Susa where you find interesting roman ruins. The route of today will end in Avigliana. Here you can visit the two delightful lakes of Avigliana and the medieval centre of the village.
Overnight with breakfast in Avigliana
Distance: About 40 km / 25 mi
Ascent & Descent: + 348m – 232m
Today you cycle at the foot of the Western Alps. A short climb leads you to Trana, then the route continues further uphill through some small villages until you reach Pinerolo, in the past famous for its Cavalry school. Along the way, you can make a break and visit the Museum of Taste in Frossasco.
Overnight with breakfast in Pinerolo
Distance: About 35 km / 22 mi
Ascent & Descent + 291m – 277m
A very intensive day including the nice town of Cavour with its “Rocca”, an alluvial hill of 200 meters high in the middle of the plain. You can reach its top on foot. You pass also the abbey of Staffarda, one of the most important religious residences in Piedmont and at last but not least you come to Saluzzo, a beautiful small town with a medieval centre, placed on the top of a hill.
Overnight with breakfast in Saluzzo
Distance: About 50 km / 31 mi
Ascent & Descent + 196m – 221m
You leave Saluzzo behind you and you come to Fossano with its interesting historical centre. Then you start approaching with light up- and downhill cycling the hills of Langhe. These hills are covered by immense vineyards, producing some of the best Italian wines, like Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto… This evening enjoy these wines during a dinner in the one of the excellent restaurant in the old town.
Overnight with breakfast in Cherasco
Distance: About 66 km / 41 mi
Ascent + 587m – 626m
Another cycle day with stunning views. In Racconigi you can visit the residence of the Savoia-Carignano dynasty, which was in their possession since the 14th-century; this castle is surrounded by a wonderful park, a French garden, and is now one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Also worth a visit is the Lipu oasis with its stork centre. The Oases exist of 7000 hectares of nature. The Rescue Centers treat about 20,000 animals in difficulty to put them back in the wild.
Overnight with breakfast in Carmagnola
Distance: About 42 km /26 mi
Ascent & Descent: + 158m – 211m
Cycling along the Po inside its river park, you come to Moncalieri with its nice castle, another Savoia residence. Cycling always along the Po, you will reach Turin, a noble town with an important past and interesting monument. We recommend a short tour through the centre by night.
Overnight with breakfast in Turin
Distance: About 45 km /28 mi
Ascent & Descent: + 198m – 188m
Departure after breakfast
Cycling in slight hilly landscape with some short not too steep climbs. The routes follow cycle path, dirt road and quiet asphalted roads. Cycle experience is needed. Daily distances between 35 km / 22 mi and 66 km / 41 mi
Total km: About km 280 km / 174 miles
Every Saturday from March 13 to September 25
2 or more people.
START / FINISH:
Turin / Turin