Monterotondo di Gavi
We meet in the hotel lobby at 12:30 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 “Museo dei Campionissimi,” an awesome exhibit of cycling memorabilia, pictures, and movies. In the evening we enjoy a scrumptious dinner at the hotel restaurant which allows us to savor the local yummy delicacies: buon appetito!
Gavi to Acqui Terme
Today we pedal from Gavi to Acqui, passing some of the 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. We stop along the way for a nice lunch of focaccia, an enological talk, and then arrive in the town of Acqui Terme. Before dinner, a local guide will lead us through town to discover the most important monuments of Acqui.
Our ride brings us to the area of Nizza, which is famous for its 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 hazelnuts and Nutella. A majestic view of the Alps will be on our side for almost the entire 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, we’ll stop at the Barolo’s castle for a special wine tasting. After lunch, a local truffle hunter will give us a special demonstration with his loyal dog.
Cioccaro di Penango
Today’s ride takes us nearby 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 provide one shuttle to Vercelli train station (40-minute ride), where the group can catch trains to all other destinations in Italy. We are happy to assist you with your travel plans!