Turin hills retain a quiet rural atmosphere: fields, vineyards, little old towns. Agriculture is the main activity, based on small scale farms and quality products, with Barbera and Freisa wines on top. This tasty ebike tour will take us in the heart of the highlands along panoramic roads and country trails, with lunch in a local trattoria and tasting in a family winery.
The bike tour is free to join. It takes place all year on request. Please book in good advance
Duration: 9 hours
70 km/950 metres gain
RIVER PO | SCIOLZE WINDING ROUTE | THE MEDIEVAL TOWNS | VINEYARDS, ORCHARDS AND FIELDS | THE VIEW OVER THE HILLS | THE WINE TASTING LEAD BY THE MAKER | RUSTIC LUNCH IN TRATTORIA | CHIERI PLAIN | THE CLIMB TO PINO TORINESE | THE LONG DESCENT TO TORINO
A whole day on e-bike through the beautiful hills of Torino, enjoying amazing landscapes, local wines and culinary specialities. We start from Torino and ride the river Po paths until the town of San Mauro, then along the canal shore which brings water to the corn and rice fields of the Pianura Padana plain.
We reach the feet of the hills and start climbing towards the Rezza pass: here the view opens over the highlands. We follow the winding road surrounded by woods, until we get to the town of Sciolze, dominated by the medieval Castle of San Severino. We take a break in a small cafè, to regain energies and to refill our bottles with fresh water. Now a down from Sciolze to the valley, descending a sneak-shaped road among the fields, followed by the tough climb to the sleepy hamlet of Cinzano. The main square offers a beautiful view over the hills of the Monferrato wine region.
Left Cinzano, a quick descent leads to the nearby town of Moncucco where we stop for lunch. The target is an historic “trattoria” restaurant frequented by the countrymen: genuine dishes made with first quality ingredients is their trademark. We take a refreshing pause, relaxing and chatting in front of a good plate and a glass of wine.
Back on the ride, the road goes downhill towards the plain, cultivated with corn and vineyards. The valley hosts a small family run winery, where they make wine from local grapes only: the bitter red Freisa, the bodied Barbera, the sweet Malvasia just to name a few. We will take a tasting in the farm, lead by the owner, who will explain us about the different varieties and favours.
Back on our ebikes we ride across the valley’s trails and backroads, until we hit the town of Chieri, famous since the Middle Ages thanks to the production of textiles and fabrics. This is where it starts the long ascent to Pino Torinese, one of the highest villages of Torino’s hills. The offroad trail climbs a panoramic ridge for over 4 km: the electric assisted bike is a blessing!
We would take a cooling break halfway through at the shade of a chapel in the vineyards, then hit the coaster-like road through Valle Ceppi until we finally hit the crest! Now a long winding descent takes us back to Torino, end of the tour.
DISTANCE: 70 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 950 mt
When: on request all year, excluding Mondays
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Duration: 9 hours/70 km
Level of difficulty: intermediate
Cost: free to join
Terrain: tarmac, trails, paths
Recommended bicycle: E-bike
Notes: you can join with your own e-bike or we can help renting one. Please inform us if you need a bicycle
In case of bad weather or adverse conditions 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, Summer and Fall are the best periods considering weather ad temperatures.
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The outing is free to join: EASYTORINO is not a tour operator nor about guided tours nor a professional activity, but a welcome club of locals who love to share their places with the travelers, like with friends. You can join with own your E-bike or we can help rent one. Personal expenses (meals, tastings, etc) must be paid directly to the businesses. They may vary depending on the chosen lunch menu and wines. This is therefore an approximate figure based on average.
PERSONAL EXPENSES 30€ PER PERSON INCLUDE:
– wine tasting (three wines)
– country lunch (three-course dish, water)
Additional services such as E-bike rental shall be quoted upon request.
The ride is hosted by a volunteer from our group (the “bike host”), he is not a licenced tour guide but a local volunteer, fine connoisseur of the places, culture and oenogastronomy If you enjoyed the ride, you are welcome to leave him a gratuity