GLUTEN FREE BIKE TOUR OF PIEMONTE, ITALY
GLUTEN FREE BIKE TOURS to either Piedmont (ITALY) or Tuscany (ITALY) -- Multiple choices of travel dates for each or you can create your own custom journey. The Piedmont tour is covered below. (See this page for Tuscany itinerary.)
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PIEDMONT BIKE TOUR (6 Days/5 Nights)
Level: Active - I ride when I can during the week and try to go for longer rides on the weekends. I own cycling shoes and multiple jerseys. I’m happy riding 30-50 miles per day through hilly terrain. Hills are a great way to train, but I can only do so many. (1,000-2,000 feet of climbing per day).
2015 DATES: May 17-22; May 31-June 5; June 14-19; June 28-July 3; July 5-10
Eat: homemade plain pasta, white truffles, risotto, Bagna Cauda, Cardi alla Bagna Cauda
Drink: Bold Barolos, Barbera, and Barbaresco wines
TOUR DAY- BY-DAY
Day One: Exploring Acqui Terme
Welcome to Piedmont! Your guides will meet you at the Voghera train station and sweep you off to Roma Imperiale where you’ll toast your arrival with a traditional spumante. After a bike fitting, safety talk, and map review, you’ll head off on your first ride cycling across the Bormida River. Climb into the vine-clad ridges before looping back to the ancient Roman city of Acqui Terme. At night, you’ll shuttle into the countryside for an exclusive dinner at our friend Graziella’s winery, Villa Delfini, where she will delight you with homemade Piedmontese delicacies paired with one of her wines for each course.
Day Two: Cassine Loop
Cycling out of Acqui, your group will ride north toward vine-covered ridges. Pass through Ricaldone and Cassine, cross the Bormida River, and arrive at the precariously perched village of Orsara Bormida. Continue on a short ride up to the historic castle of Morsasco, where you’ll stop for a picnic lunch. Following lunch, opt to cycle back to the hotel or add on some extra miles by riding along the ridge to the enchanting hilltop town of Cremolino. End the day with an intimate dinner at our friend Guido’s private restaurant, located in the family farmhouse amidst his vineyards above Acqui.
Day Three: Through the Langhe Hills
Cycle over the famous Langhe hills, an intimate landscape filled with vineyards, truffles, gracious medieval towns like Montabone and Rocchetta Palafea, and stunning panoramas of an ancient landscape. Stop for lunch at friends Gianni and Mina’s ristorante before arriving at the converted monastery of San Maurizio, a luxurious Relais & Châteaux property. Enjoy unsurpassed views over the Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards and finely manicured grounds. In the evening, you’ll dine at a favorite local restaurant where the young chef Fabrizio will wow you with his interpretation of typical Piedmontese cuisine.
Day Four: The Prestigious Piedmont Vineyards
Begin the day with a magical ride through vineyards, hazelnut groves, and chestnut forests. Enter the birthplace of the Slow Food movement, as you ride to Barbaresco for a tasting with a favorite producer. Pedal on through the vineyards along the main ridge of the Langhe hills. Try the mouthwatering tajarin pasta at Massimo’s hilltop trattoria before continuing to the medieval village of Monforte and your final hotel, Villa Beccaris. That evening, you’ll visit a local wine producer for a tasting of his best Barberas, Dolcettos and Barolos.
Day Five: Monforte to Barolo Loop
Pedaling out of town through the vineyards, your group will begin the day with a climb up to the world-renowned wine village of La Morra. Stop here to sample some Barolo and follow your guides to a local osteria for lunch. Riding back towards Monforte, you’ll pass through the village of Barolo itself and some of the area’s most prestigious cru vineyards. Continue cycling back to the hotel for a relaxing wine tasting. Head out later for short walk through Monforte’s cobblestoned streets and enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner paired with world-class local wines.
Day Six: Off to Asti
After breakfast on the terrace of the limonaia, challenge yourself with an optional morning loop ride or take a last stroll through the town of Monforte. Your guides will then transfer you to the train station in Asti as you head on to your next destination.
The Roma Imperiale Hotel is perched on a hillside on the outskirts of Acqui Terme, one of the most important thermal centres of ancient Rome. This 19th century villa has been restored to its former glory with authentic furnishings, spacious rooms and a thermal spa. A short walk (or bike ride) from the city center, this hotel offers its guests the peaceful atmosphere of the Piedmont countryside in a sophisticated setting.
La Villa Hotel is a hidden gem set in a stunning location surrounded by vineyards, rolling Piemontese countryside, and framed by the Alps along the horizon. Built in 1600, La Villa has been transformed into a stylish and chic retreat with a unique atmosphere - more like staying with friends than in a boutique hotel. Enjoy the simple luxury of the light, airy rooms, decorated in soothing colours with sensuous fabrics and the finest linens. Filled with local antiques and hand crafted products each room is different, individual and yet every one is spacious and a haven of peace - with all the little details in place.
The Relais San Maurizio, overlooking Santo Stefano Belbo in the heart of the Langhe, is an enchanting five-star Relais Chateau property that exists in a class of its own amongst Piedmont hotels. In this 17th century monastery, restored to splendour, the magical atmosphere of the surroundings is combined with most elegant and qualified art of reception. Enjoy the fabulously situated outdoor swimming pool, or go inside for a spa treatment in the Via Del Sale spa. The buildings are home to the famous Michelin-starred restaurant, ‘Guido da Costigliole’, owned by the Alciati family.
Villa Beccaris is your home away from home. The dedicated staff makes great hospitality seem effortless and is committed to the art of being able to understand the needs of guests. Villa Beccaris is perched at the top of Monforte d'Alba, a medieval village in the heart of the Langhe, where the old traditions combine excellent wines, first among them Barolo, with a refined simple cuisine, where the "trifola", better known as "white truffle", is the queen of the piedmontese table. This eighteenth century villa, was the house of the General Bava Beccaris. The beautiful grounds include a swimming pool, fitness center and stunning limonaia (glass-enclosed space traditionally used for owing lemons that acts as a breakfast room) with views over the surrounding vineyards.
Once again, contact Ellen Morse at Gluten Free Travel-Us for further information and detailed pricing -- or any other itinerary you might be interested in putting together.