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Bicycle Tours in Italy: Cycling Piemonte

Bordered by France to the west and Switzerland to the north, Italy's Piemonte region offers an assortment of splendid scenery and fascinating history. Here, among fertile valleys of the Po River, the Kings of Savoy built castles and fortified cities to protect wine merchants from marauding pirates, and Count Camillo Cavour first introduced the idea of a unified Italian state. An ideal destination for cyclists, the Cycling the Piemonte tour combines the best of Italian and French cuisine and wine with scenic pedaling through rolling hills dotted with vineyards and castles.

***Extend this bicycle trip 3 more days. Click here to review our Cycling the Piemonte Plus! Lago Maggiore tour details page.***

Day 1: Arrive in Saluzzo, Italy

View of Saluzzo.

Highlights: Saluzzo, Alps views, welcome dinner

Gather today in Saluzzo, just west of Turin. We'll fit bicycles this afternoon, then you're free to explore town or to take a warm-up ride. This evening, we'll celebrate with a traditional Piedmontese dinner together. Distance: 12 km (7 miles).

Lodging: Antico Podere Propano

Day 2: Loop ride in the Alps

Reaching Crissolo's summit.

Highlights: Alpine climb, Monviso mountain, Abbey of Staffarda

Majestic Monviso mountain rises above the Po River on the border between France and Italy. Our route takes us to the base of the mountain today; those who want can climb it to Crissolo or as high up as the Po River spring-a 6,000 foot climb into the Alps! Others can enjoy an easier loop ride along the Po and on to the Abbey of Staffarda. Whichever you choose, we'll be back in Saluzzo late afternoon for a stroll through town and dinner on your own. Distance: your choice, 58-82 km (36-51 miles).

Lodging: Antico Podere Propano

Day 3: Bicycle through Roero region

Stopping at Racconigi Palace.

Highlights: Riding in Roero region, vineyards, Racconigi palace, wine tasting, Slow Food University

Heading east across the Po River valley today, you'll enjoy a ride through pasture lands, corn fields, and poplar groves. Along the way, we'll stop in Racconigi, where the Savoy royal family had their summer home and castle. The castle, now owned by the state, is beautifully preserved and dates to the 17th Century. Visit the castle on your own if you would like before continuing on through the Roero region to Pollenzo, a small village along the banks of the Tanaro river. Pollenzo has become the center of the world's first University of Gastronomic Sciences. Associated with Italy's well known "Slow Food" movement, both the University and the village of Pollenzo have become centers of innovation for international cuisine. Dinner together after a wine tasting. Distance: 77 km (48 miles).

Lodging: Hotel la Corte Albertina

Day 4: Loop ride to Barolo

Exploring Barolo's town and castle.

Highlights: Bicycle through vineyards, hilltop towns, Barolo

A loop ride today takes us through the vineyards of Le Langhe and the famous hills of the nebbiolo grape. Along our route you'll pass through the stunning landscape of La Morra, as well as vineyards around Barolo, Monforte d'Alba and Verduno. The town of Barolo gives its name to the famous wine and has an interesting ethnographic and wine museum to visit. Distance: 55 km (34 miles).

Lodging: Hotel la Corte Albertina

Day 5: Bicycle to Asti

A vineyard in detail.

Highlights: Alba, bicycle along rolling hills, Asti

Today we'll pass through the vineyards that produce most of the other famous Piedmont wines, including Barbera d'Asti, Dolcetto d'Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba, Barbaresco, and Asti Spumante. We'll also stop in Alba, the Piedmont's truffle hunting capital. Our destination is Asti, where dinner is together this evening. Distance: 68 km (43 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Aleramo

Day 6: Asti

Well-earned dessert after cycling.

Highlights: Optional loop ride into surrounding hills, visit medieval Asti

Sleep in this morning, as we'll be in Asti again tonight. Those wanting time off the bikes can spend the day strolling through Asti's medieval streets and have lunch at one of the local cafes, while others can take a ride into the Monferrato hills. Rolling hills and small villages mark today's ride. Enjoy dinner on your own in Asti this evening. Distance: 38-61 km (24-38 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Aleramo

Day 7: Asti to Casale Monferrato

Cycling in the hills around Casale Monferrato.

Highlights: Small country roads, fortified town of Casale Monferrato

We head north today. Along the way we'll point out the Santuario di Crea, an important church for many Italian pilgrims, before reaching Casale Monferrato, once the most fortified towns in northwest Italy. Rich in Medieval and Renaissance architecture, Casale was an important fortress guarding the Po and the eastern border of the French kings of Savoy. Join the locals for a popular stroll through town before we have our final dinner together this evening. Distance: 64 km (41 miles).

Lodging: Hotel Candiani

Day 8: Tour ends in Casale Monferrato

Tasting wine in Piedmont.

Highlights:

We say goodbye after breakfast this morning. Milano is just two hours away by train and the Lakes District is just a little farther. Or perhaps you are headed off to Florence or Venice to explore Renaissance Italy a little. Whatever the case, thanks for joining us and "buon viaggio!"

***Extend this bicycle trip 3 more days. Click here to review our Cycling the Piemonte Plus! Lago Maggiore tour details page.***

  • Highlights
    Piedmont vineyards & wine tasting, gourmet regional cuisine, the Langhe region, two nights in Pollenzo, center of the "Slow Food" movement, multiple two night stays
  • Includes
    "The Usual" plus... Use of a quality 27-30 speed bicycle; 8 days, 7 nights accommodation, 4 dinners with wine, wine tasting, all breakfasts
  • Countries
    Italy
  • Begin/End
    Saluzzo/Casale Monferrato
  • Arrive/Depart
    Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) or Turin Caselle Airport (TRN)
  • Total Distance
    372 - 419 km (230 - 259 miles)
  • Daily Distance
    53 - 60 km (33 - 37 miles)
  • What to Expect
    Splendid scenery and fascinating history combine with the best of French and Italian influenced cuisine.
  • Rating
    201-301
    Gentle terrain the first 3 days with an optional challenging climb. Other days include more hills but none longer than 3 miles. Two optional rest days.
  • Notes
    If this sounds great but you'd like a longer tour, check out our Cycling the Piemonte Plus! Lago Maggiore tour, which extends this itinerary by 3 days.
  • Terms
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*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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Challenging, fun, great wine, good food, fabulous tour leaders. Wonderful scenery! I loved the wine bank in Pollenzo and I loved Barolo, my favorite town. Also loved Casale Monferrato.
Dona J., Fallbrook, CA
My favorite experience of the trip? The whole thing. Meeting the tour participants. Riding into the high Alps. Interacting with the locals. Eating the Gelato. Eating the group meals together. Seeing the "real" Italy. I've done two ExperiencePlus! trips and they were both two of the best vacations I've ever been on.
Brian B., Cedar Rapids, ID
You and the team at Experience Plus made our trip memorable and we would definitely sign up again with you ... the trip was great. The amount of riding per day was perfect; routes wonderful and very low on traffic volumes which made it very enjoyable. Lodging was very comfortable, a cut above modest but not too fancy. Good locations within walking distance of other activities. The food definitely depicted the region ... The trip leaders were amazing, wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable and just fun to hang out with. And the tour group itself was an eclectic mix of very interesting and genuinely friendly folks. You draw good people in. I like the fact you are a family owned/operated company.
Brenda G.
San Francisco, CA