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Piedmont is largely known as the “Wine Capital” of Italy for its old world wines made with traditional methods and found nowhere else in the world. With the Piedmont Wine Country Cycling Tour with Pure Adventures Tours, you will experience the best wines and the best cycling routes – including a route used by the legendary cyclist Fausto Coppi. Starting in Torino, you then head south to wine country through vineyards, valleys, and meadows. Castles and old world villages break up the scenery and the warm, cycling-friendly routes lead you to culinary delights. From wine tastings to decadent cheeses & specially-cured salami, your taste buds are in for a treat after a long day’s ride. As you enter Alba, you’ll also get the chance to taste the most famous truffle in the world. With the Alpes in the foreground, you’ll bike through Barolo, Alba, and more villages famous for their delicacies and delicately constructed villages. Perfect for intermediate cyclists, this custom cycling tour through the wine capital of Italy is not to be missed.
Arrive to Torino by express bus (1 hr) from Milan and depart from La Morra, returning to Milan by train.
Not Included: Choice of Hybrid, Road or E-bike Rental
*save on transfer costs and take the train to Asti then bus to Moncalvo
Included Standard Hotels:
Note: Daily city tax may be collected by hotels upon arrival, not included in rate, 1-3 euros/person/day.
About: Included hotels are mostly high quality 4-star and in convenient locations. All lodging includes private bathroom and a variety of other amenities.
Local Expert: Johnny is an enthusiast mountain bike rider; he lives in Piedmont and has great mechanic skills. Be confident in asking Johnny about truffles and the best Piedmont wines! Johnny will take care of you throughout this trip, starting with a private orientation meeting at the beginning of the riding. The orientation will get you set up with your bikes and cover the navigation and routes ahead.
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The tour starts in Torino, an Olympic city with much to see. You will stay at a deluxe and traditional Italian 4 star hotel in the center of the city, where you shake off the jet lag and begin your Italian experience with the friendly people of Torino. Torino, aka Turin, is the capital of Piedmont and near the source of the Po River, the longest river in Italy. It was also the seat of the royal family and the Kingdom of Italy in the late 1800’s. The royal palace and other remnants of the former era are a close walk from your hotel. The town was the capital of Italy back at the time of the Monarchy. Turin is a wonderful city with 18 kilometers/11 miles of porticoes, palaces, plazas, churches, and interesting museums. Don’t miss to drink the Bicerin, Turin’s traditional hot drink with a layer each of espresso, chocolate, and frothed milk or cream. The drink is said to have originated in the 18th century.
Dinner on your own tonight; we will pick you up tomorrow morning for your welcome orientation and cycling start. If you can, we recommend at least 1 extra night before, to leave time to explore this charming city.
The transfer today will take you east to the UNESCO Monferrato Hills. This is a fertile area of Piedmont, located between the Alps in the north and the Ligurian Appennines in the south. Both technical and economic processes relating to the winegrowing and winemaking are part of the culture of this region, for many centuries. Vine pollen has been found in the area dating from the 5th century BC, when Piedmont was a place of contact and trade between the Etruscans and the Celts. Several medieval castles add to an already perfectly picturesque landscape. Your accommodation for this and the next night is at the modern and comfortable Munfrà Hotel, located on a 16th century property of “Relais Sant’Uffizio.” Here you can have access to the spa for some relaxing treatments and enjoy the multi-Michelin starred cuisine of Chef Enrico Bartolini.
We will do an orientation today at the new lodging, Casa Munfra, and get you set up on your bikes for a short warm up ride you can do on your own. We will go over the routes for the week, the navigation, and answer all your questions in a private meeting. The rest of your day is to enjoy on your own!
Distance: 18 km/5 mi +309m
Highlights: UNESCO Site, beautiful vineyard landscapes, castles
Overnight: near Asti
This is a lovely ride that gives you a taste of the beauty of the Monferrato. Vine pollen has been found in the area dating from the 5th century BC, when Piedmont was a place of contact and trade between the Etruscans and the Celts. Your ride touches some small villages with castles overlooking the routes, witnesses of ancient noble families who lived here.
Distance: 45 km/28 mi +742 m
Overnight: near Asti
This is the longest ride of the trip, it takes you from the Monferrato to the Langhe area. The ride is beautiful and pretty long, you can make it shorter jumping on the train along the way. The train shuttle makes the ride 55km long with 722m of elevation gain. Acqui Terme is a nice thermal town. Here is the perfect way to terminate the trip in Piedmont: relaxing atmosphere, pedestrian center and opportunity to have relaxing massages.
Distance: 71.9 km/45 mi +972 m
Highlights: long, beautiful ride, Acqui Terme thermals
Overnight: Acqui Terme
From Acqui Terme to Cortemilia, you’ll bike around old villages where they grow the best quality of hazelnuts, used as the base for the famous Gianduia chocolate and in some of the delicious deserts that Cucina Piemontese is well-known. Cortemilia is a nice village located in the middle of vineyards. Consider having dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, where Chef Carlo prepares traditional dishes and uses the highest quality of fresh, local products: Carlo Zarri chef
Distance: 48km/30 mi +820 m
Highlights: Cortemilia, vineyards, local hazelnut chocolate
Overnight: Cortemilia Piedmont
Today you ride to the beautiful hilltop village of La Morra! In 2014, La Morra was added to the UNESCO heritage list because of the beautiful landscape surrounding the town. The village itself is listed within the classification of “most beautiful villages in Italy,” and for good reason! La Morra is situated at the highest point of the entire Langhe region so from here, you have a most spectacular view. Your accommodation is in La Morra. Take a walk in the historic center and make a stop at the viewpoint. La Morra has routes radiating out to the vineyards; most famous is the Barolo! Don’t miss the chance to taste a glass of this full body wine and the Piedmont hazelnuts at the wine bars in town. We can organize a more complete wine tasting at the local winery “Rocche Costamagna.”
Distance: 43 km/27 mi +1166 m
Highlights: UNESCO village: La Morra, Barolo & hazelnuts
Overnight: La Morra
La Morra Loop Ride: Today’s ride is direct into the Langhe Hills: Roddino, Fontanafredda and Barolo. Enjoy the visit in this magic town, very famous for his wine, and maybe a local dish of tagliatelle with more delicious Barolo wine! Some have called Barolo the greatest wine in Italy, and even the King of Wines! No wonder Piedmont is considered the premier wine region among so many great wine regions! Read about the Barolo Wars.
Distance: 43 km/27 mi +798 m
Highlights: loop ride, Langhe Hills, Barolo & tagliatelle
Overnight: La Morra
The trip and our services end after breakfast. You can return by train to several airport cities from nearby Alba, or we can assist with other onward travel. To reach Alba, arrange for a taxi from your hotel or we can arrange a private transfer. From Alba, you can then get to Turin, Milan and other key cities. If you wish to travel onward in Italy, one suggestion is to visit Cinque Terre which is accessible by train from Acqui Terme. We are happy to arrange extra nights and suggest some of our favorite hiking trails in Cinque Terre.
Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)
Superior Three & Four Hotels*:
Upgraded Four & Five Star Hotels:
An even higher category of hotels or rooms may be possible, subject to availability: ask us for rates
Hybrid Bike Rental: 155 euros
Road Bike Rental: 210 euros; recommended
E-bike Rental: 288 euros
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Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!
Very well organized both before trip and meeting with tour guide.Each daily route very well described and GPS worked very well.This was a tough trip with lots of hills but we knew that beforehand and trained all summer.We averaged 80 km a day,with very hilly conditions on two of the days.Hotels were beautiful and the recommended restaurants were great.Bikes were good with no mechanical problems whatsoever,not even a flat.
Fantastic trip in Piedmont! Pure Adventures was the only travel company that could customize the trip to meet our time constraints and needs. The itinerary, support, accommodation….everything was terrific!
Operator’s comment: Thanks Suzanne! Glad we could customize for you and help you out during the trip! We hope to have you back on a future tour!
In 2017 I had the pleasure of riding 2 self-guided tours in Italy arranged by Pure Adventures (Tuscany and Piedmont). Everything was very well organized and the locations were absolutely gorgeous. The folks that I worked with at Pure Adventures prior to departure were most helpful and accommodating, and I was met in Italy by other affiliated partners who gave me a thorough orientation when I first arrived. Every day’s plan was thoughtfully laid out and well communicated. The hotels were always very nice, and my bags were waiting for me upon my arrival in each new town along the way…no exceptions. I am pleased to recommend Pure Adventures to anyone looking for a top-notch experience at a reasonable rate.
For the price we paid, the tour was exactly what we expected, with the exception of the guide support (for which we paid extra). The accommodations which we upgraded were amazing. The routes were generally well planned although some very limited parts were not ridable. Bikes were good.
Our trip to the Piedmont area of northern Italy was wonderful from start to finish!