Castles and parks
278 km by bike in northern Italy
Piedmont is a generous and friendly land in the north of Italy . You will find here quiet roads in green landscapes surrounded by imposing mountains or sweet hills, the signs of a centuries-old culture and, last but not least, great wines and a refined gastronomy.
From Piedmont came the royal family of French extraction who united Italy in 1861; Turin was the first capital of this reign.
Don’t miss the opportunity of an extremely various tour: cycling on pleasant country roads or cycle routes, sometimes along the river Po , you will discover castles, fortresses, medieval abbeys, romanesque and baroque churches, royal residences and the irresistible fascination of this region so important for the history of Italy .
- By bike
- Self guided
- Activity level: easy
Day 1: individual arrival in Turin
Overnight in town
Day 2: Turin – Venaria – Avigliana (+/- 40 km)
In Venaria you will cycle inside the great regional park “La Mandria”, former game preserve of Savoia including their wonderful castle and the stables. Bussoleno is a delicious mountain village with its typical stone roofs and houses; cycling almost always downhills you can reach Susa where you find interesting roman ruins and at last you come to Avigliana. You could visit the two delightful lakes of Avigliana included in a natural park and the medieval centre of the village.
Day 3: Avigliana – Pinerolo (+/- 35 km)
Today we cycle at the foot of the Western Alps, a short climb leads us to Trana, then the path continues up through some small villages up to Pinerolo, along the way we may stop to visit the Museum of Taste in Frossasco. Overnight in the delicious Pinerolo, where in the past there was one of the most famous schools of cavalry in Italy.
Day 4: Pinerolo-Cavour-Staffarda-Saluzzo (+/- 50 km)
A very intensive day including Cavour with its “Rocca”, an alluvial hill 200 meters high -you can reach the top by foot- in the middle of the plain; the abbey of Staffarda, one of the most important religious residences in Piedmont; al last you come to Saluzzo, beautiful small town with its medieval centre placed on the top of a hill.
Day 5: Saluzzo-Fossano-Cherasco (+/- 66 km)
Left Saluzzo behind you, you come to Fossano with its interesting historical centre and then you begin the approaching – light uphills – to the hills of Langhe covered by vineyards giving some of the best Italian wines, like Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto…
Day 6: Cherasco – Carmagnola (+/- 42 km)
In Racconigi you can visit the residence of the Savoia-Carignano dynasty; this castle is surrounded by a wonderful park; you can also visit the Lipu oasis with its stork centre.
Day 7: Carmagnola – Moncalieri – Torino(+/- 45 km)
Cycling along the Po inside the river park you come to Moncalieri with its castle, another Savoia residence. At last, always along the Po, you reach Turin, noble town with an important past. We recommend a short tour through the centre by night.
Day 8 Torino: Tour ends after breakfast
Welcome: on day 1 (individual arrival)
Dispersal: on day 8 after breakfast
Condition: minimum 2 persons
Every saturday from March 14th until September 26th
- Per person in a double room: from 692,00 €
The price includes: accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels, bed & breakfast buffet, luggage transport, travel documents (route description, maps, tips for sightseeing,..), service-hotline, personal tour information upon arrival in Torino.
Not included in the price: transfer from origin to starting point and return, meals and beverages, entrance fees (churches, museums and so on), tips and personal expenses, everything not listed under item “Included in the tour price”.
- Single room
- Half board (6 dinners)
- Rental bikes or e-bike
- Additional nights in Torino