Piedmont Cycling Holiday

Our Piedmont Cycling Holiday leads you through the most scenic and beautiful parts of this celebrated wine region. Rolling hills covered in vineyards stretch to the horizon, interrupted only by charming little medieval villages that are a joy to explore on foot. The slow food movement has its roots in this region and the local food and wine are world class.

Your tour starts and finishes with a night in the old town of Alessandria located on the banks of the Rover Tanaro, roughly two hours by train from Turin or Genoa. For the next 6 days you’ll be covering around 50kms per day through some of Piedmont’s most beautiful countryside. You’ll need to be in reasonable shape and a regular cyclist as the hills are a constant feature of this undulating, delightful corner of Italy. For the less accomplished cyclist an e-bike is a great option.

The above video above was shot in October 2018 and depicts the sights and scenes along the route.

Each night you’ll stay in historic towns with gorgeous, medieval centres and a wide choice of good quality restaurants and convivial bars to choose from. The food in Piedmont is sensational and its cuisine is revered throughout Italy – praise indeed from a country where food is so important. Carlo Petrini, the founder of the slow food movement, lives in the region and on sampling the delicious yet simply prepared local dishes you’ll sympathise with his determination to hold back the fast-food invasion.

Highlights of this tour include the ancient spa town of Acqui Terme, the iconic rolling hills and vineyards of the Langhe and Monferato regions, the village of Barolo and its wines and the historic towns of Alba, Asti and Casale Monferrato.

You’ll be cycling on quite lanes and roads with regular climbs (you’ll climb a total of 3100 meters during this cycling holiday). There are a few kilometers of busier roads as you leave towns and there are some short sections on unmade tracks but the vast majority is on asphalt. An e-bike is a great option.

Piedmont Cycling Holiday

Our Piedmont Cycling Holiday leads you through the most scenic and beautiful parts of this celebrated wine region. Rolling hills covered in vineyards stretch to the horizon, interrupted only by charming little medieval villages that are a joy to explore on foot. The slow food movement has its roots in this region and the local food and wine are world class.

Your tour starts and finishes with a night in the old town of Alessandria located on the banks of the Rover Tanaro, roughly two hours by train from Turin or Genoa. For the next 6 days you’ll be covering around 50kms per day through some of Piedmont’s most beautiful countryside. You’ll need to be in reasonable shape and a regular cyclist as the hills are a constant feature of this undulating, delightful corner of Italy. For the less accomplished cyclist an e-bike is a great option.

The above video above was shot in October 2018 and depicts the sights and scenes along the route.

Each night you’ll stay in historic towns with gorgeous, medieval centres and a wide choice of good quality restaurants and convivial bars to choose from. The food in Piedmont is sensational and its cuisine is revered throughout Italy – praise indeed from a country where food is so important. Carlo Petrini, the founder of the slow food movement, lives in the region and on sampling the delicious yet simply prepared local dishes you’ll sympathise with his determination to hold back the fast-food invasion.

Highlights of this tour include the ancient spa town of Acqui Terme, the iconic rolling hills and vineyards of the Langhe and Monferato regions, the village of Barolo and its wines and the historic towns of Alba, Asti and Casale Monferrato.

You’ll be cycling on quite lanes and roads with regular climbs (you’ll climb a total of 3100 meters during this cycling holiday). There are a few kilometers of busier roads as you leave towns and there are some short sections on unmade tracks but the vast majority is on asphalt. An e-bike is a great option.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrive Alessandria

On arrival in Alessandria check into your hotel where your route notes and documentation will be waiting for you at reception. Take a stroll around the narrow streets of this pleasant old town on the banks of the River Tanaro. If you are in Piedmont for the gorgeous food and wine as much as the cycling then why not try one of the local specialities such as fresh gnocchi with spinach and cheese and a fine glass of Barolo. Our local representative will meet you the following morning to hand over your bikes and answer any questions you may have before you set off.

Day 2 : Alessandria – Acqui Terme
31 miles/ 50 kms

Your first day’s ride leads you along an ancient road, the Strada Franca, which crosses gently rolling hills, through woods and small isolated villages. We recommend stopping at one of these little places to sample the local wines, such as Barbera and/or Dolcetto d’Alba, with a spot of lunch. In the afternoon you arrive in the town of Aqui Terme, famous for its thermal spas. Take a stroll through the beautiful old town. You’re spoilt for choice here for great value little restaurants serving up fresh and tasty local specialities that will satisfy the hunger you’ve worked up during the ride.

Day 3 : Acqui Terme – Alba
35 miles/ 55 kms

You’re in for a treat today as the route leads you through the gorgeous scenery of the Langhe hills. Stunning vistas punctuated by charming little villages and vineyeards are the order of the day and you’ll no doubt be tempted to stop and explore magical little places such as Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea and Canelli. The day’s ride ends in Alba, a beautiful medieval town with a maze of narrow streets. It’s also a bright star in Piedmont’s gastronomic constellation, so consider pushing the boat out tonight and sampling some truly delicious local specialities which should include white truffles, dark chocolate desserts and Barolo and/or Dolcetto d’Alba wine.

Day 4 : Alba – Barolo – Bra – Alba roundtrip
31 miles/ 50 kms

This circular route leads you deep into Piedmont’s most famous and some say most scenic wine region. You’ll cycle through a sea of undulating Barolo vineyards to the beautiful little village of Barolo itself. Stop for a break and possibly a tasting session before riding on through more gorgeous Piedmontese scenery and sleepy villages to the town of Bra. Here you can visit the impressive Pollenzo Castle before following the Tanaro River back to Alba for a second night in this charming town.

Day 5 : Alba – Asti
22 miles/ 35 kms

Today’s ride leads you north along the fertile Tanaro Valley to Asti. There are less hills today so you can relax and enjoy the patchwork quilt of vineyards, interspersed with quaint little towns and villages that populate the valley. Asti is a beautiful old town renowned for producing top quality wines with grapes from its surrounding vineyards. Wander the narrow, paved streets of the medieval old town, perhaps taking time to visit the town’s impressive Gothic cathedral, before finding a convivial bar or enoteca to sample some of the local wine. Some stretches can be a little busy, such as when leaving Alba or arriving Asti.

Day 6 : Asti – Casale Monferrato
34 miles/ 55 kms

Today’s route leads you north into the renowned Monferrato wine region. The scenery is of course sublime but this is complemented by a succession of hard-to-resist opportunities to stop and taste the superb wine and food of this region in small, inviting restaurants and enotecas dotted along the route. Eventually you arrive in Casale Monferrato where you will spend the night. The Medieval charming centre is great to to explore on foot.

Day 7 : : Casale Monferrato – Alessandria
28 miles/ 45 kms

Today you complete the circle with an easy and enjoyable ride across gently rolling hills back to Alessandria. For a while you’ll be following the mighty Po River, Italy’s longest river that traverses northern Italy before emptying into the Adriatic near Venice. After more cycling on quiet lanes through rural countryside you arrive back in Alessandria where you spend the night. The town has a wealth of great restaurants to celebrate completion of your Piedmont cycling holiday.

Day 8 : End of trip

After breakfast it’s time to head for home or your next adventure.

Bikes

Regular bikes provided are modern alloy framed models with 27 speeds. The bikes come equipped with pannier, lock and a repair kit with pump.

Electric bikes are also available.

We suggest you bring your own helmet for safety and hygiene reasons, alternatively helmets for adults are available for rent at the time of booking.

Accommodation

Below you will find examples of the types of accommodation typically used on this tour. Please note that the hotels we book for you may differ slightly from those described but they will certainly be of a similar standard.

Superior: Good quality hotels and guesthouses.

Alessandria: Hotel Londra

Acqui Terme: Hotel Valentino

Alba: Hotel Langhe

Asti: Hotel Lis

Casale Monferrato: Hotel Candiani

Local taxes

Some hotels have started to charge a local/tourist tax. These taxes are not included in the sale price of the tour and must be paid directly by you at check-in or checkout at the hotels. This fee varies and is ever changing but as a guide, you may be asked to pay between €1-€4 per person per night

Getting there

Fly to Turin or Genoa Airport and then take a train to Alessandria. The train journey from Turin Airport takes about 2 hours 30 minutes and from Genoa its about 2hrs 10 minutes.

Research flights from the UK here.

Research trains in Italy here.

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