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.
Cioccaro di Penango
We pass through Barbaresco, home of the other great red of Piedmont. As we descend, the landscape offers a patchwork series of vineyards as well as fruit and nut tree farms. We continue north, entering the round hills area of Monferrato, and finally soothe our tired legs at the pool of our hotel in the countryside.
Loop to Vignale Monferrato
Today we visit the Monferrato area. By lunchtime, we arrive in Vignale where we stop and enjoy the local wines called Barbera, Grignolino and Ruchè. There is very little traffic along these roads, providing great cycling. In the afternoon, we arrive at Montemagno with great views of the surrounding countryside.
After breakfast, around 9 am, we will provide one shuttle to Asti train station (30 minute ride), where the group can catch trains to all other destinations in Italy. We will be happy to assist you with your travel plans!