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Leg 22 AllTrails Expedition: Rome to Torino (TourzPlus)

  • Itinerary Summary

    We have partnered with Australian company AllTrails to bring you a bicycle expedition from Rome to Torino. On our ride we'll leave the eternal city and pedal north through stunning southern Tuscany, over the Apennine Mountains to Emilia Romagna and through the Po Valley to the wine hills of Piedmont. The finale of the bike tour comes with our arrival in Turin, designated the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861, the home of the House of Savoy, and the leader in uniting Italy under one flag. Along the way we'll learn about the unique features and customs of a diverse set of Italian regions as we pedal along quiet roads, through country towns, medieval and renaissance castles and cities. Of course there will also be ample opportunities to sample some of each region's finest wines and foods. Join us for this special bicycling expedition.

    If you are interested in riding from Rome, Italy to the finalé of the Tour de France in Paris combine this tour with Leg 23.

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    1. Day 1: Rome

      Highlights: The eternal city

      Arrive early to visit this incredible city - with more than enough monuments, ruins and small streets to explore we highly recommend spending a few days in Rome before our bicycle adventure north begins.

      Lodging: Hotel Villa San Pio

    2. Day 2: Rome to Anguillara Sabazia

      Highlights: Ride along the Tiber River, Tuscania

      Our ride out of Rome takes us on a 20km bike path along the Tiber River from the Vatican. Enjoy the views of this great city as we head north to Tuscania for the evening. Dinner together tonight. Approximate mileage 62 km (38 miles).

      Lodging: Hotel Massimino

    3. Day 3: Anguillara Sabazia to Tuscania

      Highlights: Tuscania

      Today we head north past fishing villages, quaint little cottages and lovely architecture, to Tuscania, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Dinner together tonight. Mileage 81 km (50 miles).

      Lodging: Hotel Tuscania Panoramico

    4. Day 4: Tuscania to San Quirico d'Orcia

      Highlights: Pedal the Val d'Orcia valley

      We pedal across the 'Tuscia' today, a remote part of Italy that formed the southern part of Etruria (the heartland of the native inhabitants of this region - the Etruscans). This is a horizontal landscape made up of layers of previously airborne volcanic ash. We pedal by and through several ancient, inactive volcanoes, specifically that of Lake Bolsena, today a popular summer destination for families seeking nice lake beaches. Our ride takes us along the ancient Roman road 'Cassia' as we wind our way into one of Italy's most picturesque valleys, the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site so named for the interaction between humans and landscape. Our destination is San Quirico d'Orcia, perched on the northern edge of the valley and so affording a fantastic view over the dry rolling hills lined with classic Tuscan cypress trees. Our hotel has a stunning swimming pool with a great view over the valley. Mileage 108 km (67 miles).

      Lodging: Casanova Hotel Residence

    5. Day 5: San Quirico d'Orcia to San Gimignano

      Highlights: San Gimignano and it's medieval towers

      We'll pedal north toward Siena today, along the famous (or infamous!) Tuscan hills. Gear down and spin and you'll be up and down these hills in no time! We're skirting the big city of Siena to reach the smaller town of San Gimignano, picturesque for its historic towers that dot the horizon as we approach town. Our hotel is just 1km outside of town with a lovely swimming pool in which to relax after the day's ride. There is a pathway for those who want to walk into town which is definitely worth it. Mileage 102 km (63 miles).

      Lodging: Albergo Le Colline

    6. Day 6: San Gimignano to Lucca

      Highlights: Walled city of Lucca, vineyards of Tuscany

      We continue north along the vineyards of Tuscany and wheat fields full of poppies. Our destination is Lucca, a wonderful medieval town that still retains an intact 17th century wall. Dinner together tonight. Mileage: 93 km (57 miles).

      Lodging: Hotel La Luna

    7. Day 7: Lucca - Rest Day

      Highlights: Enjoy Lucca - home to Puccini, or take a side trip to Pisa

      Lucca was a Roman town and one of medieval Italy's most prosperous city-states. Today, Lucca retains its medieval charm with its small shops and sidewalk cafes. Take a day to relax, or if you feel the urge we can organize a trip to Pisa for a visit to the leaning tower. No bicycling today.

      Lodging: Hotel La Luna

    8. Day 8: Lucca to Aulla

      Highlights: Pedal the foothills of the Appennines

      We ride into the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. We'll spend a good part of the day in the Garfagnana, a vast chestnut forest north of Lucca. Dinner together tonight. Mileage 112 km (69 miles).

      Lodging: Hotel Demy

    9. Day 9: Aulla to Salsomaggiore

      Highlights: Cross into Italy's culinary heartland, Emilia Romagna

      We have flirted with Italy's Apennine Mountains for four days now without crossing them. Well, today we head up and over to the north side of the Apennines. We leave 'Mediterranean Italy' and head into the Po Valley which enjoys a more subcontinental climate. Mileage 121 km (75 miles).

      Lodging: Albergo Casa Romagnosi

    10. Day 10: Salsomaggiore to Castello di San Gaudenzio

      Highlights: Rolling hills and flat riding, beautiful restored castle hotel

      Our ride today takes us through the foothills of the 'Oltre Po Pavese' south of the Po River through the foothills of the Apennine Mountains and out onto the flat Po Valley. Our hotel tonight is a restored castle. Dinner together tonight. Mileage 127 km (78 miles).

      Lodging: II Castello di San Gaudenzio

    11. Day 11: Castello di San Gaudenzio to Asti

      Highlights: Enter Piemonte Region, bicycle through wine country

      We follow the flat Po Valley for the most part today on our way to Asti, Piemonte. We end in one of Italy's most up and coming wine regions where vineyards produce many of the famous Piemonte wines, including Barbera d'Asti and Asti Spumante. We'll enjoy a special wine tasting and dinner together. Mileage: 97 km (60 miles).

      Lodging: Hotel Aleramo

    12. Day 12: Asti to Torino

      Highlights: Torino - home of the Savoy family

      Our final ride is relatively short today and it takes us into Torino, the seat of the House of Savoy and the first capital of a unified Italy beginning in 1861. Congratulations on a journey well traveled through Italy! Mileage: 77 km (48 miles).

      Lodging: Best Western Hotel Genova

    13. Day 13: Tour ends after breakfast

      Highlights:

      Whether you are continuing to pedal to Paris on Leg 23 or staying in Torino and Italy, buon viaggio!

    • Highlights

      Rome, the Forum, Coliseum , Lucca (home to Puccini), Pedal the Apennines of Italy, Etruscan coast of Tuscany, Wine country of Piedmont, Optional side trips to Pisa, Sienna, Torino, the first capital of a unified Italy
    • Includes

      Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 13 days, 12 nights in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels and country estates; 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners, van support; bilingual tour leaders; cultural activities as described in itinerary.
    • Countries

      Italy
    • Begin/End

      Rome/Torino
    • Arrive/Depart

      Rome/Torino or Milan
    • Total Distance

      980 km (605 miles)
    • Daily Distance

      Average daily 98 km (60 miles)
    • Rating

      501 Long days and hilly terrain makes this a challenging tour.
    • Terms

      Terms & Conditions
  • Dates Price Single Supplement Notes
    Jul 2-14, 2015 TBA TBA Book it

    * We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the single supplement rate. This fee will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available this fee will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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