Benvenuti (Italian for welcome!) to the Region of Piedmont, a unique corner of Europe at the crossroads of Italy, Switzerland and France bordered to the west and north by the magnificent Alps. Transform your dreams into reality as we visit one of the world’s most famous settings for wine and the Italian region renowned for white truffles.
This cycling tour offers a mix of different cultures and traditions, wonderfully depicted in local cuisine that inspired founder Carlo Petrini to establish the Slow Food movement in 1986. The dramatic cultural landscape of vineyards, hill towns with magnificent churches, and the Alps present countless opportunities for photography, relaxation and restful contemplation, especially after a great meal!
The Roman outpost of Turin (Augusta Taurinorum at that time, now Torino in Italian) founded in the first century BC has seen a dramatic change since the Dukedom of Savoy moved its capital from Chambery in 1563 and started to transform the village into a city. Over time, Turin acquired extensions to its “city print” that included new Baroque buildings, and royal residences across the nearby countryside.
Turin was also the first capital of Italy in 1861 and it was here that some brilliant politicians helped to unify of the country and liberate it from Austrians, French and Spanish dominations with the endorsement of the King of Savoy.
We will not go to Torino on this tour and for sure we can give you plenty of suggestions if you would like to extend your stay in this great city before or after the tour.
Agriturismi (usually a family-run “farm stay” combining agriculture and tourism), local cheese, wine makers, truffles (starting in October), and the culture of Slow Food will be highlighted on these unique journeys through Roman towns and tranquil countryside. You can also look forward to one of the largest varieties of Italian recipes given the proximity to France and its strong culinary influence.
On our tours in late September and early October you will learn all you want to know about the local noble nectars with visits to wineries and tastings during an exciting moment in the region! You will discover the sought-after underground mushroom and meet one truffle hunter in action with his dogs. At least one dinner will include either black and white truffles, featured in different local recipes and paired up with local wines.
Join us to explore, cultivate, and celebrate the generous Piedmontese people who steward the land and its traditions and cultural treasures.
CYCLING TOUR IN PIEDMONT
TOUR DATES AND PRICES
Minimum of 8 participants, maximum of 14, with a maximum guide-to-guest ratio of 1 to 8
DATES (7 days)
September 30 – October 6, 2018 | September 22-28, 2019
For more info, other dates and availability please contact us.
Per person in double occupancy: from $3,890 to $4,290
(this tour will feature elegant 4-star hotels and tour price will vary depending on group size)
Single Supplement: $690
In addition, we pledge to donate more than 1% of your trip price to food literacy and environmental non profit organizations
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- Visits and tastings to wine, chocolate and cheese makers that demonstrate the best of Piedmont culinary heritage
- Exposure to local culture and history with native, bilingual, local experienced Tour Leaders
- Elegant and traditional accommodation in 4-star hotels
- Unforgettable meals featuring the local cuisine including one dinner with truffles
- Up-close-and-personal experiences of an Italian agriturismo and the methods behind Piedmont cuisine and agriculture
- Strolls through three must-to-see Piedmont towns: Alba, Barolo and Acqui Terme
- Exhilarating rides and opportunities to improve your cycling skills with your Tour Leaders
- Traditional, local recipes to bring home with you!
This 6-night journey offers the best of Piedmont life, both on and off bike, through visits to small local producers and opportunities to meet the people behind your food. Enjoy your vacation at your own rhythm and discuss the culture and traditions of this magic corner of Italy with native guides, collecting inspiring stories and unique recipes to try and share back home!
Signature tastes include: regional grapes like Verduno Pelaverga and Cortese; local traditional recipes like agnolotti and vitello tonnato; and, of course, the illustrious white truffle.
Come with us to discover our region: buon appetito and buon viaggio! (bon apetit and safe travel)
If you prefer to arrive the day before please let us know and we will book a room for you at additional expense and at the same hotel used on tour. This is recommended just to allow you more time to settle in and get ready for the tour.
Cycling Route Info on day 1: Main Route: 10mi/230ft of elevation gain | Extra loop adds: 14mi/1300ft
Cycling Route Info on day 2: Main Route 24mi/1000ft | Extra loop adds: 10mi/1000ft or more!
In the morning catch our group transfer form Turin airport to your hotel in the roman town of Alba, famous for its wines, truffles (and Nutella!), and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Langhe that we’ll explore by bicycle surrounded by spectacular vineyards and majestic Alps.
Highlights here include our elegant hotel in a historic building right in the center of the town, our wine tasting and visit with a Barolo producer, a truffle-hunting demo followed by dinner featuring this noble and revered underground mushroom (upon availability), and our visit to an agriturismo (a family-run “farm stay” combining agriculture and tourism) for a pasta-cooking demo and “zero-mile dinner” with local ingredients.
Cycling Route Info on day 3: Main Route: 38mi/3700ft | Shorter Route with initial van transfer: 29mi/2100ft
Cycling Route Info on day 4: Main Route: 27mi/2400ft | Extra loop adds: 15mi/2100ft or more!
Next we make our way to Acqui Terme, another elegant Roman town famous for its natural hot springs in the town center. This is another perfect place to savor the best expressions of Piedmont’s signature flavors such as robiola cheese, amaretti cookies and Brachetto, Moscato, and Dolcetto wines.
This area called “High Monferrato” is nestled between the northwest coastal region of Liguria and the Langhe area, and offers more hills with vineyards to discover by bike.
We won’t soon forget our second wine tasting, sampling the incredible recipes of Mamma Diliana while savoring the indigenous grapes that this family has been growing here for more than a century since the great grandfather originally acquired the land!
Cycling Route Info on day 5: Main Route: 32mi/2400ft | Extra loop adds: 12mi/1300ft or more!
Cycling Route Info on day 6: Main Route: 25mi/1600ft | Extra loop adds: 10mi/850ft or more!
Our grand finale will be in the countryside near the town of Gavi famous for its wine. Our romantic hotel is surrounded by the famed vineyards. This elegant resort features a unique restaurant and a winery that we’ll visit for another wine tasting emphasizing the native Cortese grape.
We’ll explore the museum of cycling champions, which features paraphernalia including bicycles and jerseys and hear anecdotes about this fascinating sport. And finally, we’ll meet a nearby chocolate maker for a visit and sample of his revered art in sweet form!
Our food journey concludes with a final dinner celebrating local recipes, an array of wines, and our great memories of an unforgettable tour together.
Catch our group transfer to Turin airport. If you have more time consider to extend your stay in the area. Arvezze, neh! (Goodbye in Piedmontese)
- 6 nights of accommodation in 4-star hotels
- 6 breakfasts and 3 lunches
- 5 dinners (1 with truffles) each with either a 3- or 4-course menu
- Walks with your guides in Alba, Barolo and Acqui Terme’s historic centers
- Entry fees at museums of the cycling champs in Novi Ligure
- 3 visits and tastings to local wineries
- 1 pasta cooking demo in an agriturismo
- 1 truffle-hunting demonstration and 1 visit and tasting at a cheese maker
- 1 visit and tasting at chocolate factory
- Specialized Sirrus aluminum hybrid or carbon Bianchi Intenso road bike + Garmin Touring Edge or 820 unit (if you have one, bring yours and we’ll upload the routes onto your unit)
- Comfortable transportation and assistance by 9-seat van for all travel on tour as cited in the itinerary
- Refreshments, snacks, fruits and other local delicacies during our rides
- Two bilingual, professional Tour Leaders (both native Piedmontese!)
- One group transfer to/from Turin airport at the beginning and at the end of tour
- Local taxes and gratuities for luggage porters and restaurant servers during tour
- 3 lunches and 1 dinner on your own
- Alcoholic beverages at group dinners (including wine and spirits)
- Round-trip airfare and expenses to/from the tour
- Trip cancellation, baggage loss or travel delay insurance (this optional coverage is highly recommended and is not provided by Food.Stories.Travel.)
- Gratuities for your Tour Leaders
- Personal expenses, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, laundry, emails, snacks, gifts
Cristiano Bonino has led tours for North Americans all over Italy for more than thirteen years. Currently, he resides in the Boston area with his American wife. Cristiano likes to say that he has been “hybridizing” over the past three years in the U.S. He mixes the best of the both American and Italian cultures, which he loves, but never forgets his native roots in Turin.
Davide Marchegiano has designed and led tours all over Italy and Europe for the last sixteen years; he loves to teach Italian using games and songs, as well as to bring guests to meet his many friends across his country. Davide was born in Ivrea, in Piedmont and he loves hiking and everything with pedals and wheels: he’s been riding and racing bikes for 30 years.
Andrea Marchesini Who is Andrea Marchesini? A professional drummer? A bicycle mechanic? A Slow Food aficionado? A farmer? A tour guide? All! With family from both South Tyrol and Liguria, he is a mix of two very cultures, German and Northern Italian. He is trilingual, fluent in German, Italian and also English, after years as a musician in New York City. Andrea is in love with his home region of Liguria and dedicated to helping you discover its wonders for yourself. He has led more than 100 tours in the past 15 years all over Italy, and is particularly knowledgeable about the neighboring region of Piedmont that we’ll visit together.
Your itinerary has been meticulously hand-designed by Food.Stories.Travel and his team. We created your adventure around some of our favorite flavors and unforgettable past experiences. Every establishment you visit has been personally vetted, tested and enjoyed.