Just think of cycling across combed green hills painted by vineyards, through hamlets and medieval villages: the dream is called Langa Classica, the home of Barolo, one of the greatest red wines of Italy. A region which has become a main hotspot for gourmands, but also a popular cycling destination thanks to its breathtaking landscapes and bikeable roads.
The bike tour is free tip-based. It takes place all year on request. Please book in good advance
2 days/1 night
90 km/1290 metres gain
THE BAROLO ROAD | BELVEDERE OF LA MORRA | LANGA CLASSICA | THE HIGHLANDS OF MONFORTE | SERRALUNGA SCENIC CREST | THE GOURMET DINNER | BAROLO WINE SAMPLING | THE TOWN OF BAROLO | SERRALUNGA CASTLE | RIVER TANARO VALLEY | MEDIEVAL ALBA
Langhe of Barolo, or Langa Classica, is a world renown food valley featuring spectacular rolling hills and some of the most celebrated gastronomy of Italy.
Imagine yourself cycling across enchanting green hills covered with vineyards, passing through medieval hamlets and rural villages: this is Langa Classica, the homeland of Barolo, often considered Italy’s greatest red wine. The zone of production extends into eleven communes of south Piedmont, a region which has become a culinary hotspot for goumand and wine lovers, but also a popular destination for cyclists thanks to its breathtaking landscapes and bikeable roads.
Day 1: Our bike trip starts from the medieval Alba, known as the the city of one hundred towers. A cycle path leads us out of town, until we tackle the ascent to Castello di Grinzare Cavour, symbol building of Langhe, the place where modern Barolo wine was first vinted in 1844. Down the hill of Grinzane and up again along the esatern ridge overlooking the vines. Just at the beginning of the ascent, we stop for visiting the historical undergound cellars of Fontanafredda and a picnic in the vineyards. Back on the saddle we follow the sneaky road climbing towards Serralunga d’Alba, dominated by the impressive vertical fortess. We reach the hilltop and ride the panoramic highland of Roddino, until onforte where w stop for a refreshing break at the local cafè in the piazza. We take now the descent to the hamlet of Castiglione Falletto, our destination and stay for the night. It has been a busy day, tonight we deserve a first-class dinner in a traditional trattoria langarola!
DISTANCE: 40 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 590 mt
Day 2: today we will discover the heart of the region, the celebrated Langa del Barolo! We will spend the full day riding amongst the Nebbiolo vines, crossing medieval villages and scenic routes, and of course we won’t miss a fabulous wine tasting! Let’s start the day riding a short downhill to the Tanaro river plain, then tale the climb across Perno, the lesser known of the Langhe ridges yet beautiful until we hit Monforte, on a high peak of Langa del Barolo. The road goes now downhill, we’re riding through one of the most renowned terroir amongst the Barolo vineyards: the sight is impressive, vines are perfectly cultivated in a row, like they were groomed by an hairdresser. We reach the town of Barolo which gives name to the vineyards, right in the middle of the production area, to take a quick stroll around and a cappuccino. Now the steep ascent to La Morra begins, five tough kilometres uphill that will put us on a test. No pain no gain, upon arrival we will celebrate the climb with a deliciuos lunch and a sampling of Barolo and Nebbiolo crus in the cellar of a top winemaker! We’re on the highest peak, the road goes downhill through the vineyards of Pelaverga and Nebbiolo until we hit Alba, end of the tour.
DISTANCE: 50 km
ELEVATION GAIN: 700 mt
When: On Request – from March to November
Cost: free tip-based
Info&Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill the form above
Level of difficulty: intermediate-demanding
Lenght: 2 days/1 nights
Distance/Elevation Gain: 90 km/1560 metres
Terrain: paved secondary roads
Accommodation: hotel 3***
Recommended bicycle: gravel, touring. You can join with your own bike or we can help renting one (regular or E-bike). Please inform us if you need a bicycle
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 email@example.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.
PERSONAL EXPENSES 185€ PER PERSON INCLUDE:
– one night stays in 3*** hotel, double room with breakfast
– one 3-course gourmet dinner wines and spirits excluded
– two light lunches wines excluded
– two wine tastings in historic cellars
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’s not a licensed 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.