Travel Guides: Italy Travel Guide: Overview
In Southern Europe—right in the heart of the Mediterranean—lies a boot-shaped country stuffed to the brim with culture, history and fine cuisine.
Between the Alps and the Mediterranean. The benchmark for Italian wines. And land of the Slow Food Movement. You're in Piedmont, a place of richness. With every meal, a delight. Every stay, decadent. Perhaps you never considered Piedmont with all that Italy has to offer. But when you're this close to the Alps, your experience can't get much higher.
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
Set out on a scenic ride through the vineyards of Piedmont's Roero region, a World Heritage landscape | A mesmerizing blend of sand and soil, this unique wine country produces the one-of-a-kind Arneis grape in addition to classics like Nebbiolo and Barbera | Our first dinner offers an introduction to delicious Piedmontese cuisine | Gaze out over a dreamy landscape as you sip an aperitivo at our stylish hilltop hotel.
Resting above the town's charming center in the heart of Piedmont's Roero, this onetime castle is now an elegantly modern hotel. (pool)
Visit San Martino Alfieri's privately owned 17th-century castle for a wine tasting and tour | Bike along the Tanaro River on a peaceful route through classic Piedmont scenery—rolling hills, hazelnut groves and, of course, vineyards | Learn the secret to baking traditional hazelnut cake and indulge in a farm-fresh meal at a family-owned agriturismo (working farm) | Ride through gentle hills and tidy rows of grapevines to reach the famous viticulture center of Barbaresco | Give in to temptation at one of the regional enoteche | Explore the postcard-perfect town of Neive | Linger over a dinner glowing with Michelin stars.
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)
Take in outstanding views of the Alps as you climb the hills of Langhe, another remarkable World Heritage landscape | Bike to Monforte d'Alba, an impossibly picturesque hamlet, for a glimpse into the local way of life | Take time to wander the town’s cobblestone streets | Ride through pretty Barolo, crowned by a 10th-century castle | Check out 1,000-year-old La Morra and enjoy splendid vistas of the Langhe landscape | Join an expert and his canine assistant to sniff out truffles, the region's prized culinary delight | Extend your visit in the magnificent gateway city of Turin.
This fashionable Liberty Villa in the Langhe hills is surrounded by vineyards, medieval castles and hilltop villages. (pool)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
SMALL GROUP? TRY RENDEZVOUS | An extra leader and van for even more flexibility | Call us to book your Rendezvous.
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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. LEARN MORE.
Note: The routes on this trip are rolling with some steeper climbs and descents. We'll flatten some of the hills with strategic shuttles.
The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.