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- Discover a culinary landscape famous for hazelnuts, cheeses, truffles and wine
- Tranqil hamlets, castles and hillside vineyards make for idyllic scenery along our route
- Welcoming enoteche (wineshops) invite you to pull over for a sip; give in to temptation!
- Explore 1,000-year-old La Morra, a premier Barolo-producing town
- Experience the historic charm and five-star luxury of Relais San Maurizio
A Food & Wine Lover's Paradise
Humbled in the shadows of the Alps. Eased by the slow pace of the Po River. Intrigued by the French influence. Grounded in its regal past. You're in Piedmont. It's a place of richness. The wines. The flavors. The truffles. The backdrops. Every turn a new view. Every meal a delight. Every stay, decadent. You may have never thought to come to Piedmont with all that Italy has to show you. But when you're this close to the Alps, your experience can't get much higher.
Days 1-2 Experience the gourmet paradise of the Langhe, known for its cheeses, hazelnuts, truffles and wines Pedal through agricultural land into vineyards, where the world-famous Barbera, Barolo and Barbaresco wines get their start Cap the day with a wine tasting and Michelin-starred dinner at Il Boscareto, whose celebrated chef blends tradition with innovation.
Day 3 Spin through the town of Barolo, crowned by a lovely castle Explore 1,000-year-old La Morra, with splendid vistas of the Langhe landscape Got a nose for truffles? Find out when an expert and his canine assistant join us to sniff out the delicacy Linger over dinner in the cobbled village of Monforte d'Alba.
Day 4 Bike amid gently tapered hills and endless stretches of grape vines to reach the famous viticulture town of Barbaresco, which tempts us with its regional enoteca (wine tavern) - why not pull over for a pour?
Days 5-6 Superb Michelin-starred Piedmontese cuisine at Relais San Maurizio Ride to San Martino Alfieri's privately owned 17th-century castle for a wine tasting and cantina tour Pedal along the Tanaro River on a tranquil undulating route serving up more classic Piedmont scenery - rolling hills, apple orchards, cornfields and, of course, vineyards.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
The trip was perfect in every way. The hotels were great and got better as we went along. I loved the restaurants. The trip had a perfect balance of biking, eating and cultural experiences. Everyday we did a fun cultural outing like grappa tasting, wine tasting, looking at a remote Sol Lewitt chapel, wine tasting, special picnics with Italian countesses and more. Each experience made me feel like I was an insider and not just an ordinary tourist. I loved these extra experiences and they made the biking day feel very special. I learned a lot about the region from the Backroads leaders.- Berkeley, CA
Piedmont is really an unbelievable region to explore-from the famous vineyards to the beautiful, medieval hill towns replete with castles and palazzos. And quite honestly, going by bike is the best way to experience the area.- Lancaster, NY
This was a fantastic trip. The region was breathtaking and I could tell that tremendous care and planning went into making it all that it could be. Steve and Molly had such passion and excitement about the trip and that made our experience so much richer.- Montclair, NJ
Fossano (1 night) A beautifully restored noble residence in the center of the medieval town of Fossano. (spa)
Il Boscareto Resort & Spa
Serralunga d'Alba (2 nights) This fashionable hideaway in the Langhe hills is surrounded by vineyards, medieval castles and hilltop villages, and boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant. (pool, spa)
Relais San Maurizio
Santo Stefano Belbo (2 nights) This former Franciscan monastery is now a luxurious hotel celebrated for its serene hilltop setting and Michelin-starred cuisine. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool, spa)
Dolomites Biking New!
Epic Alpine Passes in Northern Italy
Slovenia & Italy Biking
The Julian Alps & Friuli's Collio Wine Region
Piedmont Biking New!
A Trove of Gastronomic & Viticultural Delights
Ancient Civilizations & Mediterranean Sensations
Tuscany & Umbria Biking New!
Undiscovered Umbria to Cortona, Land of the Tuscan Sun
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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* Includes a shuttle