Piedmont, known for the Slow Food Movement creation, white truffles and some of the most sought-after red wines in Italy, including the robust full bodied Barolo and Barbaresco, are luring travelers who seek its charms (and tastes). With the rugged Italian Alps as a back-drop, the quiet roads of this region with moderate rolling hills provide the ideal terrain for all levels of cyclists. On this trip there are opportunities to experience small villages, Roman remains, medieval castles and superb cuisine as we journey through this delicious region.

Location

Monterotondo/Novi Ligure

Strada di Monterotondo, Novi Ligure, Province of Alessandria, Italy

Day 1+2

Acqui Terme

Acqui Terme, Province of Alessandria, Italy

Day 3

Neive

Neive, Province of Cuneo, Italy

Day 4

La Morra

La Morra, Province of Cuneo, Italy

Day 5+6+7

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP

6 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 1 dinner
Luggage transfers
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits

Particulars

EVENT DATES

Start any date from April 15 to November 15
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.

TOTAL DAYS

7 days / 6 nights with 5 of days cycling

ARRIVE / DEPART

Monterotondo / La Morra

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate / Challenging: 20-40+ miles daily

TERRAIN

COST

Classic Accommodation: US $1,945
Single Supplement: US $400

Luxe Accommodation: US $2,195
Single Supplement: US $490

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at info@randonneetours.com or by telephone at 604.730.1247.
Getting There Our trip starts from Monterotondo near Gavi Gagure. The trip starts in Monterotondo near Gavi Ligure, accessible from Serravalle Scrivia by taxi. We recommend you fly into Turin and take the train to Serravelle (1hr 30). Your hotel is included on arrival day.

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Day 1+2

Monterotondo/Novi Ligure

Arrive to Monterotondo/Novi Ligure- relax at the hotel and enjoy dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. Next day, start your first day riding in the birthplace of Fausto Coppi and Costante Girardengo, and visit the Museum of Cycling in Novi Ligure, the largest dedicated museum of its kind in Europe. Stopping in Castellania, enjoy a savory lunch and taste the famous cheese ‘Montebore’, which has been recently rediscovered and proclaimed the ambassador of Italian cheese by Slow Food International. After lunch ride past Villavernia and observe traditional farmhouses built from raw earth, typical of the Alexandrian plane. Ride through Sant’ Agata Fossil, known for abundance of fossils and ride the rolling hills of Sandigliano which providing stunning views across the valley.
Ride Distance D2: 20 km, elevation gain 436 m or 26 km, gain 418 m or 45 km, gain 849 m.*

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Day 3

Acqui Terme

Another day of beautiful rolling hills, valleys and spectacular views. Start the day riding towards Mornese and Castello di Tagliolo, which has an impressive history dating back to the end of the first millennium. Afterwards explore the region of ‘Capanne di Marcarolo’ Natural Park. We recommend lunch will be in the town of Ovada, a Roman city located at the confluence of the Orba and Stura rivers. In the final stretch you can day dream about Acqui Terme, a spa town built over natural hot springs by the Romans.
Ride Distance: 62 km, elevation gain 1018 m or 92 km, gain 2086 m.*

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Day 4

Neive

After a restful stay in Acqui Terme, embark on a ride dominant in two things; endless panoramic views and endless wine tasting. Pass through the villages of Montabone and Rocchetta Palafea with a stop in the Brachetto and Moscato’s lands – an area known in Italia, and the world, for its sweet wine and medieval castles. In Canelli, visit the magnificent Underground Cathedral cellar, currently a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Since the pace of day usually slows down upon arriving in Canelli, we suggest a stop here for lunch, perhaps at the wonderful Enoteca Contratto restaurant where you can sample more wines from the region and taste the unique local flavors. After lunch, ride on to Santo Stefano Belbo, then to your ultimate destination near Alba, Neive. Neive is in the stunning Langhe area and identified in the grouping of villages titled ‘The Most Beautiful Villages of Italy’. This rich fertile area is where Barbaresco wine earns its reputation. Finish the day with an unforgettable dinner at ‘La luna nel pozzo’ restaurant, located in Neive’s old town. Experience organic and traditionally raised meats, as well as breads and pasta made with stone ground grains, regional cheeses and gelato, and of course the mouth watering local truffles.
Ride Distance: 43 km, elevation gain 867 m.*

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Day 5+6

La Morra

After a much deserved sleep in, and overnight ‘fast’, bid farewell to Nieve and make your way towards La Morra. Stops along the way include Barbaresco, a name synonymous with reds of the region, and its two distinct medieval villages. Visit the ‘Enoteca regionale del Barbaresco, created to promote local wine production, displaying 112 different wineries, with 130 labels, representing over 90% of the area’s production. Taste, savor, linger and learn about everything this region has to offer. A good option for lunch is in Alba, and afterwards continue to La Morra, situated atop an imposing ridge, La Morra overlooks, in one direction, the Po Valley with the Alps and the peak of Monviso as backdrop and, in the other, vine-clad hills which create a stunning amphitheatre. We recommend dinner in a medieval castle, the ‘Belevedere’ restaurant, over looking one of the ‘natural balconies’, some say the most beautiful in Langhe. Next day, you’ll ride along quiet winding roads between charming villages in the Barolo appellation, amid the immaculate hillside vineyards, where one of worlds most famous has been produced for two centuries. Explore medieval villages all set with a backdrop of the spectacular mountain peaks of the Alps. For keen followers of the ‘king of wines’, stop at the Falletti Castle in Barolo. The WiMu-Wine museum, provides an interactive display of culture and wine traditions designed by famed architect; François Confino. You’ll also learn about the French Marquise Juliette Colbert, the lady who created Barolo wine. Our ride continues along the tiny roads between Monforte d’ Alba and Serralunga d’ Alba, settlements dating back to the Neolithic period with discoveries of Roman times. Finish the week with a visit to La Morra’s Cantina Comunale, the town’s wine cooperative and if you feel energetic, a walk along the Sentiero del Barolo before a festive dinner out.
Ride Distance D5: 37 km, elevation gain 886 m or 43 km, gain 964 m.*
Ride Distance D6: 38 km, elevation gain 822 m or 55 km, gain 1245 m.*

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Day 7

After breakfast, transfer to Bra or Asti’s train station. It is a 45 minute train trip back to Turin.

*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.

Classic

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Relais Villa Pomela, Novi Ligure

This 17th century palace, now a 4-star hotel, has a prominent hill-top setting with large private gardens. The interior is elegant and charming and the service is excellent. Almost all of the rooms have balconies overlooking the park and there is a good restaurant, Al Cortese, on site.


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Hotel Acqui, Acqui Terme

This 3-star hotel is in a beautiful building and the town of Acqui Terme is quite charming. This hotel has been in the same family for three generations and has been refurbished with its own spa on site. (At the time of writing) every single Trip Advisor review recommends the hotel – quite rare!


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Hotel Villa Lauri, Neive

Villa Lauri is situated in Neive, one of the most beautiful medieval Langa villages. The hotel is a restoration of an elegant mansion house (dating from the end of the 19th century) into a small charming hotel. The twelve rooms are elegantly furnished and equipped with all comforts.


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Corte Gondina Hotel, La Morra

This fine hotel sits in historic center of La Mora. Each room is original and refined, but with a subtle hint of the modern, creating an elegant atmosphere which blends seamlessly with the traditions of the Langhe.


Luxe

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L’Ostelliere, Monterotondo

The story of this property began in the 18th century, when part of the structure was a farming estate, built by the Marquis Franzoni of Genova. It is immersed in the vineyards of Monterotondo, in the renowned Gavi area. This is one of our favourite hotels in Italy.


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Grand Hotel Nuove Terme, Acqui Terme

This 4-star hotel is in a beautiful building and the town of Acqui Terme. Originally opened in 1891, it was a famous hotel in the Belle Epoque period and Winston Churchill and others have stayed here. The hotel’s spa facilities now include spa pool, two saunas, a turkish bath, solarium and massage rooms.


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Relais San Maurizio, Neive

This 5-star hotel is in a class of its own. A member of Relais & Chateaux, this luxury spa resort is boutique in every sense of the word. Your jaw will drop the moment you enter its gates. Enough said.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Corte Gondina Hotel, La Morra

This fine hotel sits in historic center of La Mora. Each room is original and refined, but with a subtle hint of the modern, creating an elegant atmosphere which blends seamlessly with the traditions of the Langhe.


Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Randonnee Tours offers cycling and hiking tours in Piedmont, Italy
Trips starting at
US $1,945

Tour Reviews

June 8, 2019

“I am writing to thank you again for our wonderful Piedmont trip “

March 7, 2019

Our local host was the perfect complement to a self guided tour. Throughout the week Sabrina made us feel as if we were personal guests of hers and she took great pleasure in ensuring we had an unforgettable Italian experience.

March 7, 2019

Office service excellent. Sabrina was EXCELLENT. Sabrina met us each morning and made excellent suggestions based on our interests and based upon her read of us as she got to know us. She handled the bike equipment challenges as well as possible.

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