View from the wine museum in Barolo, Piedmont, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Megan Cole

Shopping in the Piedmont, Italy. Photo via Flickr:Megan Cole

Piedmont

Italy Bike Tours

An Italy bike tour for the Wine and Food Lover!

This bike tour in Italy runs along the border of France and Switzerland in the Piedmont region. This area is the ancient dominion of the Savoys, the ill-fated royal family who ruled Italy from the Unification in 1870 until abdication in 1946. Italy bike tours and Piedmont, specifically, is an area where food comes first, with a host of specialties resplendent with centuries’ old culinary traditions and outstanding, top quality local produce appreciated throughout the world.

You will bike Novara, Alessandria, Asti, & Cuneo, the 4 provinces within the regions of Langhe (= hills in the Piedmont dialect) and Monferrato. The gorgeous landscape will amaze you day after day. Cycling tours in Italy certainly do not come finer (or tastier!) than this!

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Skill Level

This Italy bike tour is self-guided and can be described as moderate to difficult depending on your cycling ability. The distance cycled per day range from 21 to 34 miles. The terrain includes rolling hills and some steep inclines. For variation 1, the highest elevation gap is on days 3 and 6 and for variation 2, the highest elevation gap is on days 2 and 4. Overnight stays are connected by train on days 2, 6, and 7. On day 7, it is possible to shorten the itinerary by taking the train. The total vertical distance is 3,100 meters.

Where You’ll Stay

3/4-star hotels, very comfortable and usually in city centers.

What’s Included

  • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets
  • Luggage transfers
  • Route descriptions & maps
  • 27-speed hybrid bicycle
  • 7 day service hotline

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From715 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017 Dates
Every Saturday from April 15 to September 30, 2017
*Special departure dates can be organized for groups of at least 5.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Piedmont Map

VARIATION 1: 

DAY 1: Arrival in Alessandria
DAY 2:  Alessandria – Acqui Terme, 32 mi. (50 km)
DAY 3:  Acqui Terme – Alba, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 4:  Alba – Asti, 22 (45 km)
DAY 5:  Excursion to Torino or round tour of Asti, 22 mi. (35 km)
DAY 6:  Asti – Casale Monferrato, 34 mi. (55 km)
DAY 7:  Casale Monferrato – Alessandria, 28 mi. (45 km)
DAY 8:  Departure from Alessandria

*All distances are approximate.

DAY 1: Arrival in Alessandria
Arrival in Alessandria, a city divided by the Tanaro River. Worth a visit are the Piazza della Libertà and Piazza Duomo with its wonderful neoclassical cathedral.

DAY 2: Alessandria - Acqui Terme, 32 mi. (50 km)
Today, you’ll cycle for a few kilometers along the Strada Franca, an ancient road dating back to 1454. You will pass across smooth hills, woods and small isolated villages where you’ll be able to taste local produce and excellent local wines (Barbera and Dolcetto d’Aqui among others). Aqui Terme: famous for its spring waters, like the “Bollente” situated in the historical center.

DAY 3: Acqui Terme - Alba, 34 mi. (55 km)
You will come across the famous hills of the Langhe on this route as well as the scenic countryside and the vineyards along with the splendid little villages of Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli. Cycling today ends in Alba, home of the most precious of the truffles, the Tartufo Bianco, and of the famous “Dolcetto d’Alba”.

DAY 4: Alba - Asti, 22 mi. (35 km)
A route through vineyards and panoramic paths takes you to the heart of Monferrato. Do visit the historical centre with its famous towers.

DAY 5: Excursion to Torino or round tour of Asti, 22 mi. (35 km)
Today you have a choice between cycling across the Asti hills and their natural parks or of taking a trip to Torino. You can reach Torino, the first capital of Italy, by train with your bicycle. It is a city with splendid monuments, tree-lined roads and ancient cafés, which offer a delectable choice of chocolates and pastries.

DAY 6: Asti - Casale Monferrato, 34 mi. (55 km)
Take advantage of the hospitality of the wine cellars and restaurants along the way, which offer an excellent eco-gastromomical choice. In Monferrato, you will eventually join with the Po River, the longest river in Italy.

DAY 7: Casale Monferrato - Alessandria, 28 mi. (45 km)
More quintessential Italy cycling across green hills and cultivated lands on day 7, you’ll come across several small villages. On the right side of the Po River, you will bike in Alessandria where the tour ends.

DAY 8:  Departure from Alessandria
Departure following breakfast.

VARIATION 2: 

Day 4: Alba roundtour (60 km).
This stage brings you to the very famous wine region of Barolo. The most widely planted and productive region of Barolo is La Morra, responsible for nearly a third of all wine labeled as Barolo. Near Bra, the Castle of Pollenzo is worth a visit: it was one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy.

Day 5:  Alba - Asti, 22 mi. (35 km)
Day 6:  Asti - Casale Monferrato, 34 mi. (55 km).
Day 7: Casale Monferrato - Alessandria, 28 mi. (45 km).
Day 8: Alessandria

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