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.