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Leg 22 AllTrails Expedition: Rome to Torino (TourzPlus)
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Bicycle Tours in Italy: Leg 22 AllTrails Expedition: Rome to Torino (TourzPlus)

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.

Day 1: July 3: 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

Day 2: July 4: 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

Day 3: July 5: 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

Day 4: July 6: 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

Day 5: July 7: 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

Day 6: July 8: 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

Day 7: July 9: 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

Day 8: July 10: 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

Day 9: July 11: 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

Day 10: July 12: 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

Day 11: July 13: 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

Day 12: July 14: 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

Day 13: July 15: 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)
  • What to Expect
    Varied terrain throughout, mostly back roads with little traffic. Extraordinary bicycling routes and travel companions.
  • Rating
    501
    Long days and hilly terrain makes this a challenging tour.
  • Notes
    Some daily procedures may vary from ExperiencePlus! tours as this trip is operated in tandem with AllTrails, an Australian Bike Tour Company. As an Expedition tour this trip receives no Re-Cycle credit.
  • Terms
Please call 1-800-685-4565 or e-mail us for the dates for this tour.
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