Imagine you have a friend born and raised in the city, who greets and squires you around. This is Welcome to Torino, a urban bicycle safari across highlights and hidden gems, as seen through the eye of a native.
We will ride from the luxuriant Valentino Park through the bustling Quadrilatero Romano district to the elegant Royal Town, uncovering beauties and hearing stories about the first capital of Italy.
The bike tour is free tip-based, it takes place all year on request. Please book in good advance
Duration: 3 hours
VALENTINO PARK | BORGO MEDIOEVALE | RIVER PO SHORES | THE GRAND PIAZZAS | THE ROYAL PALACES | PORTA PALATINA ROMAN GATE | PORTA PALAZZO OPEN MARKET | QUADRILATERO DISTRICT | BASILICA DELLA CONSOLATA CHURCH | MOLE ANTONELLIANA | CASTELLO DEL VALENTINO
A journey through 2,000 years of city history! The bicycle ride starts at Valentino, the oldest and most popular park of Turin, designed in the XIX century by the royal gardener Barillet-Dechamps. The “Vale” as folks call it, shows a number of fancy castles and gardens, and it is a beloved leisure place of residents and visitors. Past the entrance arch, a narrow path leads to the panoramic terrace over the river Po: here we stop to take some pictures and get an overview about the city from our local expert. We now cruise into the park, many are the places to be seen: the Borgo Medioevale village, the gorgeous “Fontana of 4 Stagioni” fountain, the Rocky Garden with its streams and flowers, the majestic Castle of Valentino, one of the royal residences of the Savoy family.
We move out of the park and reach the site where Torino was founded by Emperor Augustus in 28 B.C.: the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre and the perfectly preserved Porta Palatina gate will bring us back to the time of gladiators! Just a stone’s throw is Porta Palazzo, the largest open air market in Europe where you can find any sort of goods, and the Quadrilatero Romano district, historical common people’s area now filled with bars and restaurants. Narrow cobblestone streets cross each other at right angles, forming a chessboard-shaped quarter. Chiesa della Consolata Basilica is our next stop: the complex is an amazing piece of religious architecture, featuring colored marbles, giant pillars and Rococo decorations. The church gallery hosts a collection of 13.000 “Ex-Voto” artworks, donated by the worshippers as a token of thanks for blessing.
Nearby is the Royal District, the most notable of Torino’s areas, adorned with noble Baroque-style palaces and piazzas. Palazzo Carignano, Palazzo Reale, Piazza Castello, Piazza San Carlo, Galleria Subalpina: stunning architectures showing the power of the Savoy Family who ruled the city for centuries. Not far is the symbol monument of Torino, the imposing 167 metres-high Mole Antonelliana: standing at its feet and looking to the top will definitely be a gripping experience.
DISTANCE: 12 km
ELEVATION GAIN: flat
N.B. We will follow paths and backroads as much as possible, but also take some busy public roads: you are therefore required to be confident in riding on city streets with cars and motor traffic.
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.
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Tour name: Welcome to Torino
When: on request all year round. Booking required
Duration/Difficulty: 3 hours/12 km/easy
Cost: free tip-based
Terrain: cobblestones and paved streets, on public roads
Bikes: you can join with your own bike or we can help rent one. You can also borrow one of ours (limited availability). Please inform us if you need a bicycle
Note: in case of bad weather the tour might be cancelled. Please book in good advance