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 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 and its regional enoteca. Acqui has been well-known for its hot waters since Roman times. 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.
Today’s ride will show the magnificent geometrical layout of the Monferrato vineyards. During our ride we’ll stop to meet a local winemaker and have lunch with him, learning more about the work on the vineyards and in the cellars.
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 Basso Monferrato, and finally soothe our tired legs at the pool of our hotel in the countryside.
Loop to Vignale Monferrato
Today’s ride reveals a lesser known and travelled area of Piedmont, the Basso Monferrato, here hills are rounder, villages smaller and life seems to be run at slow pace; the area has great variety of cultivations, besides grapes, but local wines like Ruchè and Grignolino may be a pleasant surprise.
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!