Rome to Torino - AllTrails Expedition (TourzPlus)

Rome to Torino - AllTrails Expedition (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.

Combine this tour with AllTrails Torino to Paris and be in Paris for the finalé of the Tour de France. The Rome to Paris ride was voted by Men's Journal as one of the top "Epic Long-Distance Bike Tours for 2014.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 13 Days
  • Total Distance / 977 km (603 miles)
  • Avg. Distance / Average daily 98 km (60 miles) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 1.0
  • Countries / Italy
  • Begin/End / Rome/Torino
  • Price / From AUS$5090
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

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

    Keep in Mind: We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

    This is scheduled in mid-summer so that it can combine with the Turin to Paris itinerary and coincide with the finale of the Tour de France. Expect temperatures to be in the 80s to 100s. 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.
  • Includes
    13 days, 12 nights in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels and country estates; 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners, 2 aperitivi; van support; bilingual leaders; cultural activities as described in itinerary.

  • Arrive / Depart
    Rome/Torino or Milan
  • Overall Tour Level
    1.0 difficulty level 1.0

    Long days and hilly terrain makes this a challenging tour.

  • Daily Ride Summary

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Terrain Legend

Gentle Gentle

Rolling hills Rolling hills

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Mountainous Mountainous

Daily Itinerary
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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.

Distance: Test Ride. Meals: D

Lodging: Hotel Villa San Pio

  • Meals: Dinner

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.

Distance: 62 km (38 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Country Relais due Laghi

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Distance: 81 km (50 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Tuscania Panoramico

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Distance: 108 km (67 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Casanova Hotel Residence

  • Meals: Breakfast

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.

Distance: 102 km (63 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Albergo Le Colline

  • Meals: Breakfast

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.

Distance: 93 km (57 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel La Luna and Hotel La Dimora Lucense

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Meals: B

Lodging: Hotel La Luna and Hotel La Dimora Lucense

  • Meals: Breakfast

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.

Distance: 112 km (69 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Demy

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Distance: 121 km (75 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Albergo Casa Romagnosi

  • Meals: Breakfast

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.

Distance: 127 km (78 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: II Castello di San Gaudenzio

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Distance: 97 km (60 miles). Meals: B, D

Lodging: Hotel Aleramo

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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!

Distance: 77 km (48 miles). Meals: B

Lodging: Best Western Hotel Genova

  • Meals: Breakfast

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!

Meals: B

  • Meals: Breakfast
Travel Information

Travel Information

Keep in Mind

We work hard to maintain consistency across all of our tours, but some trips have unique differences. Here are some things to keep in mind about this tour.

This is scheduled in mid-summer so that it can combine with the Turin to Paris itinerary and coincide with the finale of the Tour de France. Expect temperatures to be in the 80s to 100s. 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.

Pre-Trip Planning Checklist

To Do Today!

3–6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Reserve your flights after you know you have a confirmed tour departure. Please check with our office if you do not know if your trip is confirmed. As you make your plans refer to the Getting To and Away sent to you in your booking confirmation email it provides meeting times and the starting and ending hotels and shuttle information when applicable.
  • Book your pre and post-tour hotel nights. Please refer to the Getting To and Away sheet you received in your Reservation Confirmation Email.
  • 12 weeks before your tour begin your training program www.experienceplus.com/training.
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to the tour start. Please refer to your Deposit Payment Invoice and the Final Payment Reminder e-mail you have received for detailed instructions.

6 Weeks–2 Weeks Prior to Departure

Day of Your Flight

Get as much sleep on the plane as you can. Pack your Getting To and Away information and one day of cycling gear in your carry-on. See you soon!

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