Piedmont: Land of Barolo & Truffles
A Gourmand’s Bicycle Tour of Italy’s Greatest Wine Region
Savor all the beauty and pleasures of the Piedmont, considered Italy’s greatest single wine region, on this unforgettable seven-day bicycle tour, completely updated for 2015. Our route traverses the region’s most important and distinct vineyard centers of Gavi, Acqui Terme, Alba, and lower Monferrato. We’ll be fortified on our journey by sumptuous meals pairing great wines with delightfully complementary Piemontese cuisine, a blend of Northern Italian and French influences, with truffles and mushrooms as seasonal key players. In the fall, the cycling tour may coincide with the “Fiere del Tartufo,” the International Truffle Fair, which attracts gourmands and top chefs to the fairytale towns of Alba, Moncalvo and Acqui Terme. Here we savor the delicacies produced by local culinary artisans and experience the enchantment of the Tartufo Bianco, the revered white truffle!
See the Sights and Sate the Senses on this Enchanting Italian Bike Tour
Exemplifying the best of European biking tours, we’ll cycle lesser-traveled country roads through the emerald valleys and vineyard-laden hillsides of Barolo and Monforte, framed by majestic views of the Alps, and of Dolcetto, Cortese and Moscato. We’ll stop to discover both world famous and well-kept secret local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera, shared by vineyard owners and sommeliers. The Castles of Monferrato, each guarding a unique medieval village, the famed thermal waters of Acqui, and the hypnotic geometry of the Nizza hills are among the many highlights on our glorious route. We’ll join a local truffle hunter and his dog for a demonstration, enjoy five-star meals at the famous restaurants Enoclub in Alba and La Schiavia in Acqui Terme, and conclude our Piedmont bike trip at the elegant and romantic Relais San Maurizio spa in Santo Sefano Belbo, known for its rejuvenating treatments and fine cuisine. No bicycle tour brings you closer to the spirit, the people, and the treasures of the Italy’s famed Piedmont!
- Lesser-traveled, gorgeous country roads
- Sumptuous dinners at Enoclub in Alba and Schiavia in Acqui Terme
- Introduction to World famous and well kept secret local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera with our local hosts & sommeliers
- Meet with a truffle hunter & his dog for a lecture on truffles
- Emerald valleys & vineyard-laden hillsides
- Accommodations at 4 and 5-star hotels
Day by Day
Monterotondo di Gavi
We meet in the hotel lobby at 1 pm for lunch, introductions and an orientation to the trip. After a bike fitting, we take a short warm-up ride in the hills behind our lovely villa to the new “Museo dei Campionissimi”. In the evening we enjoy a scrumptious dinner at hotel restaurant which allows us to savor the local yummy delicacies: buon appetito!
Gavi to Acqui Terme
Today we pedal from Gavi to Acqui Terme, passing Castles of Monferrato, a hilly area where each village is protected by a castle. The vineyards of Dolcetto, Cortese, and Moscato are the landmarks of this ride. During our stay, we’ll have the chance to enjoy the thermal facilities of our hotel and to uncover the best secrets of local gastronomy.
In the morning we ride across one of the best kept medieval villages of the area, Cassine, then discover the hypnotic geometry of Nizza hills, famous also for the Barbera wine. On our first visit to a local winery, we taste wines and eat a picnic lunch with the owner and oenologist, Daniele. The area features hills covered with vineyards and spectacular views of tiny villages.
Acqui to Alba
This morning we pedal to Alba crossing the Alte Langhe, the highest and wilder portion of this territory where Cortemilia is the main town, famous for its hazelnut cake. This area is also famous for the Robiola di Roccaverano, a sheep and goat milk cheese. A majestic view of the Alps will be on our side for almost all the ride.
Loop to Barolo
Today we pedal through the vineyards of Barolo and Monforte passing by La Morra, famous for its belvedere from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Langhe area. Along the way a local truffle hunter will give us a special demonstration with his loyal dog. Before dinner, a local guide will lead us through town to discover the most important monuments of Alba.
Barbaresco and Santo Stefano Belbo
In Barbaresco, we can pay a visit to the local wine cellar which is housed in a deconsecrated church. As we descend, the landscape offers a patchwork series of vineyards as well as fruit and nut tree farms. We continue on rolling terrain, entering the hills around our final destination in Santo Stefano Belbo: Relais San Maurizio.
After breakfast, around 9 am, we will provide one shuttle to Asti train station (40 min ride), where you can catch your next connections to Turin in 45 min or Milan in 2.5 hours.
- Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttle at end of tour to Asti train station
On The Tour
- 3 cycling clinics
- Guided walking tour of Alba
- Truffle hunting demonstration
- 2 wine tastings
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts
- 5 dinners
- 2 lunches
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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A beautifully refined farmhouse, dating back to the 17th century, set on the property of one of the finest vineyards in the region, Villa Sparina. It mirrors the surrounding countryside in both its simplicity and in its careful preservation of the original rural architectural features.
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Located in the historical heart of Alba close to the Piazza del Duomo, this early 19th century building has been recently renovated with special care taken to preserve the original architecture.
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Relais San Maurizio
Relais San Maurizio is a unique, unforgettable place. Refined and romantic, it is the ideal place for a true time of wellness, relaxation, soothing the senses and the spirit. The frescoed halls, the 31 rooms with unique decorations, the gardens and the park with centuries-old trees are all truly enchanting. The large outdoor swimming pool at the top of the hill provides a 360° view of the surrounding landscape.
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