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If you’ve dreamed of traveling off the beaten track and discovering the birth place of the Slow Food Movement, we invite you to explore Piedmont on a bike tour with DIGnGO. Bike through the hilly area of the Langhe. Ride over the rolling hills covered with vineyards of the Monferrat region. Taste Barolo and Barbaresco wines. And go in search of the rare white truffle with a local resident and his dog. Join a DIGnGO bicycle trip in Piedmont today!
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Your week starts with leaving the scenic cultural center of Turin, the capital of the Piedmont Region. Turin is the site of many museums, a fantastic cafe culture and an impressive night life. From there, travel to Coazzolo. There, a scrumptious lunch and welcome drink await you.
Later on, your trip leaders get you fitted on your bike. Once this is accomplished, you are on your way to the Relais San Maurizio, traveling through the rural municipality of Mango — whose population numbers roughly 1,400 people. The monastery intrigues visitors with its air of romance and mystery. A Spa on site can help relax the tense muscles from the long bike ride, with treatments available at an additional cost.
Relax in the pool or take advantage of the fully equipped gym before you head to dinner at Da Guido, a standard-setting restaurant for the region’s fine dining for more than five decades. Expect to be wowed by the exquisite display of culinary expertise set before you, made with only the freshest local ingredients.
Today’s Ride: 18 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Today begins with a luscious breakfast at the Relais San Maurizio, followed by a beautiful bike ride heading north through the historical province of Asti to Costigliole d’Asti, where you stop for lunch on your own. The town of Costigliole d’Asti is located halfway between Asti, where the claim to fame is its white and red wines, and Alba, famous for its white truffles.
A return to the hotel after the ride will give you an opportunity to experience the hotel spa, La Via del Sale. This spa incorporates cutting edge medical knowledge with water and salt-based products, to provide a relaxing and invigorating experience for all its customers. One treatment available takes place in the former salt cave, in the midst of the vineyards.
Late afternoon, join us for a visit and tasting of one of the leading wine domaine in the area.
Tonight, enjoy another amazing dinner.
Today’s Ride: 27 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing
Short Option: 18 miles with 1,800 feet of climbing
Long Option: 34 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing
Another biking adventure highlights day three of your exciting stay in Italy. This trip heads to Barbaresco, speeding through gorgeous vineyards and the impressive hillsides of Langhe. Barbaresco is one of the two most famous areas of Piedmont, known for their wine. At the Enoteca Communale of Barbaresco, you have the enticing opportunity to sample some of the wonderful wines crafted there. One thing to remember is that both Barbaresco and Barolo use the Nebbiolo grape for their wines. One thing to keep in mind is that both Barbaresco and Barolo use the Nebbiolo grape for their wines. However, while the wines in Barbaresco do not have to age as long as those of Barolo prior to the enjoyment of a patron, they also do not withstand the test of time as well as the wines of Barolo.
In the afternoon, for those who have gained confidence with their biking talents, take the long ridding option to extend the ride and enjoy more of the local, hilly scenery. Then, it is on to villa Beccaris, your hotel villa.
Dinner is on your own in the town of Montforte d’Alba.
Today’s Ride: 31 miles with 3,700 feet of climbing
Short Option: 18 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing
Long Option: 36 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing
Breakfast today can be enjoyed on a balcony or patio overlooking the gorgeous views of the Langhe hills. Next is the ride into Barolo for the comparisons between the wines crafted there and those you experienced in Barbaresco, yesterday. Barolo also offers some very scenic views and from the distance it intrigues visitors with the appearance of being an amphitheater for wine. The Castello Falleti, containing a museum and enoteca, has some of the area’s most impressive views as well. Built in the 10th century, some of the original walls still stand and speak to visitors of times long past.
Later that morning, enjoy a wine tasting at one of the best known wine makers in Barolo.
Lunch is on your own at a local trattoria in town.
In the afternoon, it is on to a challenging climb during the return bike ride through amazing vineyards.
Then you are off to enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Today’s Ride: 29 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing
Short Option: 18 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing
Long Option: 37 miles with 4,300 feet of climbing
On your last day, you wake relaxed and steeped in the culture of Piedmont, and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Then, prepare yourself for a bike ride to Fossano, enjoying the time spent whizzing through small towns along the way. The ride does involve a significant amount of climbing, but the views from those hills make the effort worthwhile.
In the afternoon, keep cycling toward your final destination, the Palazzo Righini, an elegant hotel created from a swank former residence.
Before dinner, shuttle to a truffle hunting adventure with a local resident and his dog. After the truffle hunting adventures are over, it’s back to the hotel for a delicious dinner and a fantastic end to your fifth day.
Today’s Ride: 32 miles with 1,700 feet of climbing
Short Option: 18 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Long Option: 39 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel Palazzo Righini one last time before meeting up with your trip leaders. From here, a short drive to the Turin Porta Nuova train station marks the end of the tour and of this unforgettable trip through Piedmont.
A few things. Our Piedmont cycling vacation was our second DIGnGO trip and we really liked it. We had great trip leaders. We told them to be slightly more attentive during rides for a couple in our group. Right away, we saw a big improvement. We liked the food, all very good. We enjoyed the nice blend of Michelin and informal restaurants. We even had fresh truffle with dinner!
One of the great weeks of our lives. We can only say great things about India and Martin. We liked their knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, and work ethic. We were sad to say goodbye. I can’t wait to schedule another week with them & DIGnGO.
We had an awesome trip leader. We wish we could have spent more time with JP. We’re sure we would have liked to spend more time with him. We got some great tips on how to make it up the hills.
This trip was perfect. A little hot but you can’t control that. We are already looking into another bike trip for next summer.
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Wonderful. We had a blast during the truffle hunting.