Project Description

If you are looking for a culinary destination that is under the radar, Monferrato is the choice! A rural land where the crisp Barbera and the fruity Moscato wines team with a savoury cuisine perpetuated from one generation to the next, while its rolling hills offer a picturesque and challenging environment for the enthusiast cyclist.
The bike tour is free tip-based. It takes place all year on request, just tell us your preferred dates and we’ll make it happen!

2 days/1 nights

112 km/1920 metres gain

Level: demanding

Start/End: Casale/Agliano

Info&Bookings

THE INFERNOT HILLS | MANDOLETTA PANORAMIC ROAD | THE ABANDONED VILLAGE OF MOLETO | CASORZO RIDGE | LUNCH IN THE VINEYARDS | THE WWF NATURAL OASIS | PIC-NIC IN THE FARM GARDEN| MOSCATO WINE HILLS | TRADITIONAL “CENA MONFERRINA” DINNER | THE CALOSSO SCENIC ROAD | MOSCATO WINE TASTING IN THE HISTORIC CELLAR

If you are looking for a tasty Italian destination that is under the radar, Monferrato is the choice! A rural land where the crisp Barbera and the fruity Moscato wines team with a savoury cuisine perpetuated from one generation to the next, while its highlands offer a pictoresque and challenging environment for the enthusiast cyclist.

Day 1: we meet in Casale Monferrato, one of the most important towns of the region since the medieval times, and start cycling along the beautiful Mandoletta road which gently rises towards the hills of Monferrato Casalese. The whole area has become UNESCO world heritage thanks to its unique rural and vineyard landscape, and it’s easy agree with such a call just looking around us: farming lands covered with corn and red grapes, scattered with little ancient towns made in sandstone blocks on the hilltops. Passed Cella Monte we reach the abandoned village of Moleto which offers spectacular views over the hills, then we proceed uphill towards the scenic ridge of Casorzo dividing Monferrato Casalese from Monferrato Astigiano.
Here we go finally, after so many ups and dows it’s time for a funny descent across the backroads of the Basso Monferrato until the low valley of river Tanaro, which we cross nearby the city of Asti home of the most important horse race after Palio di Siena. We’re almost done for today, just a final climb of 6 km to reach the panoramic town of Montegrosso, where we will stay overnight and enjoy the delights of a local trattoria.
DISTANCE: 58 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 710 mt

Day 2: from Montegrosso we ride towards the vally at the feet of the Moscato production area: today we’ll get to know this tasty white wine, exploring its terroir and meeting the markers. We tackle the first hill, a steep but super-scenic climb which leads us to Calosso, followed by the descent towards the Belbo Valley. We reach Santo Stefano hometown of the famous writer Cesare Pavese whose rymes can be found on plaques all over the Monferrato region. A quick stop to the local market to buy food for our picnic lunch, and right in front of us a large hilly wall appears: the highlands of Moscato, our next destionation. We start climbing a beautiful road surrounded by vineyards which rises through a series of tight switchbacks. The road shape reminds a bit the Stelvio pass, but less tough thankfully! We shift down to the lightest gear and it will be just easy!
Once we get to the 650 meters high ridge the road flattens and runs through the highland, giving us an enchanting view over the valleys below. We cycle several kilometres on the ridge until we reach a inique WWF natural oasis. The warden runs a farm here and he’s also a wine producer: he’ll be happy to host us for a picnic in his garden and serve us some of its Barbera and Moscato crus. It’s the kind of place you would stay forever, but we can’t, we have to we move on, still cycling in plain along the highland for a good while. Below us we can now spot Canelli, the capital of Moscato, we reach it following a funny and snaky descent. Canelli hosts some of the most notorious Moscato wine producers and its historic cellars await us for a visit and a sampling. After the tasting we proceed towards a small ascent and quiet country roads until the thermal town of Agliano Terme, final destination of the ride.
DISTANCE: 54 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 1210 mt

Region: Piemonte
Departure/Arrival: Casale Monferrato/Agliano Terme
When: On Request – from March to November
Info&Bookings: info@easytorino.com or fill the form above
Cost: free tip-based
Level of Difficulty: demanding
Lenght: 2 days/1 night
Distance/Elevation Gain: 108 km/1750 metres
Terrain: paved backroads
Accommodation: family-run small hotel
Recommended bike: road, gravel, touring. You can join with your own bike or we can help renting one (regular or E-bike)
Note: in case of bad weather the tour might be cancelled

The tour is on request, you choose the date and we’ll do our best to make it happen. It takes place all year round according to the time availability of the bike host. Usually Spring and Fall are the best periods considering weather ad temperatures.
For Info&Bookings contact info@easytorino.com or fill the form above.

The outing is free tip-based: EASYTORINO is not a tour operator nor about guided tours nor a professional activity. It’s a welcome club of locals who love to share their places with the travelers, like with friends. You will pay your personal expenses (meals, visits, accommodation) directly to the businesses. They may vary depending on the travel period, menu chosen, type of room, number of participants. The figures shown are therefore approximate based on average.
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PERSONAL EXPENSES 160€ PER PERSON INCLUDE:
– night stay in 3*** hotel, double room accommodation with breakfast
– 3-course gourmet dinner wines and spirits excluded
– two picnic lunches wines included
– two wine tastings
Additional services such as luggage transport, private transfer to/from, bike rental, shall be quoted upon request.

The ride is hosted by an english speaking local expert (bike host) from our group. He is not a licenced tour guide but a volunteer, fine connoisseur of the places, culture and oenogastronomy. He will pay his expenses like any other but it woud be nice to split his bills (accommodation and meals) amongst the participants.  If you enjoyed the tour you can tip him at the end.

We do not take responsability for accidents of any kind nor provide any insurance. These are open rides, every participant is responsible for his/her actions and the resulting consequences, and certify that he/her is sufficiently experienced, in good health and in proper phisical condition to ride the proposed tours. We strongly suggest you to get a Cycling Liability Insurance and a Travel/Medical Insurance before joining. By joining our tours you acknowledge you have read and accepted our Entry Waiver Form (click to open)


  • TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

    The Infernot hills
    Mandoletta Panoramic road
    The abandoned village of Moleto
    Casorzo ridge
    Lunch in the vineyards
    The WWF natural oasis
    The pic-nic in the farm
    Moscato wine hills
    Traditional “Monferrina” dinner
    The Calosso scenic road
    Moscato tasting in the historic cellar



  • TOUR DETAILS

    Departure/Arrival: Casale Monferrato/Agliano Terme
    When: On Request – from March to November
    Info&Bookings: info@easytorino.com or fill the form below
    Cost: free tip-based
    Level of Difficulty: demanding
    Lenght: 2 days/1 night
    Distance/Elevation Gain: 112 km/1920 metres
    Terrain: paved backroads
    Accommodation: family-run small hotel
    Recommended bike: Road, Gravel, Touring (rental available)
    Note: in case of bad weather the tour might be cancelled