PIEDMONT, THE ORIGIN OF THE ITALIAN TASTE

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DAY 1 – Welcome to Piedmont! (24miles/40km)

Your guides will meet you in Turin and will drive you on a short drive to Roero countryside. Stop for the usual briefing: bike fitting, safety and tour review. At Tigliole we have lunch in our first top class Michelin-starred Ca’ Vittoria restaurant. Cycle to Cisterna d’Asti, a city that was governed by the Pontiff’s State in the 16th century. You may visit the Museo di Arti e Mestieri di un Tempo, a very interesting museum on the local rural life inthe past centuries. Then ride to the hotel, near the village of Canale, where you have time to relaxa at the swimming pool or at the Spa. Dinner at the hotel restaurant, renowned for its great chef.


DAY 2 – Roero Wine, Food and Arts (26miles/42km)

Ride to Montaldo Roero, with its tower and the romanesque church of Santissima Annunziata. We continue to cycle to Monticello d’Alba, with castle of Conti Roero, a typical medieval fortress, with very interesting interiors. Cycle to Santa Vittoria d’Alba, with its castle and famous tower dominating the ancient medieval village. Lunch at the Restaurant Al Castello. Quick visit to Pollenzo, hosting the “Università del Gusto”, the University of Gastronomic Sciences, and then off the final ride of the day to Vezza d’Alba and then back to Villa Tiboldi; tour of the wine cellar followed by a relaxing cocktail.


DAY 3 – Barolo Vineyards and Dreams in the Countryside (22miles/38km)

Transfer from Canale to Roddi in the morning and then off for a ride through the vineyards and the farms, passing by Verduno, to visit a stunning winery. Then ride to La Morra on top of a hill, with a breathtaking “belvedere”. Stop at Cappella di Santa Maria delle Grazie, a small church refurbished and repainted by Sol Levitt and David Tremlett: contemporary art favourite restaurant and visit to the Wine Museum. Final ride to Villa Beccaris Hotel at Monforte d’Alba. Relax and Dinner.

Day 4 – History and Taste (23miles/37km)

Transfer from Canale to Roddi in the morning and then off for a ride through the vineyards and the farms, passing by Verduno, to visit a stunning winery. Then ride to La Morra on top of a hill, with a breathtaking “belvedere”. Stop at Cappella di Santa Maria delle Grazie, a small church refurbished and repainted by Sol Levitt and David Tremlett: contemporary art favourite restaurant and visit to the Wine Museum. Final ride to Villa Beccaris Hotel at Monforte d’Alba. Relax and Dinner.


Day 5 – The Discovery of Barbaresco (24miles/40km)

Today we will cycle in the Barbaresco area, looking at vineyards, perched cities and the far mountain peaks of the Alps. First stop at Mango, hosting the Regional Winehouse, with permanent exhibitions on wine making and Piedmont gastronomy. We then ride to Neive, a stunning medieval city, ranking among the “Borghi più Belli d’Italia”, the most beautiful historical villages of Italy. Lunch at La Contea Restaurant with its famous cellar. Then off for Barbaresco, with its delightful Piazza. On the way back to the hotel, short visit to Treiso, tiny village with a Baroque Church.


Day 6 – Goodbye in Turin 

After an excellent breakfast, before driving you back to Turin, we take you to Alba, the “City with hundred towers” dating back to the 14th and 15th century, that has Celtic and Ligurian origins before being civilized by the Romans. We’ll visit also the Romanesque Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Some time for shopping around and then we’ll drive you back to Turin.

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