Piedmont Star – ‘Piccolo’ Single Centre
Just a little shorter than our IPRC6 Piedmont Star tour, this single centre break based in the historic Canavese area close to Turin invites you to explore tasty Italy at its finest. Sample the ‘Strada Reale dei Vini’ and renowned Piemontese cuisine; pedal off to beautiful shallow lakes and tour where castles tower over outstretched vineyards in the foothills of the Alps. Turin is on the circular tour menu, if you fancy it – our route includes letting the train take the strain on the way there,so you can have a relaxed pedal back. With so much to choose from, it’ll be as natural as Piedmont’s stunning scenery to take time out for a ponder by the pool at your smart Patrican villa hotel. Read More
Bed & Breakfast
5 Days, 4 Nights
Mar - Oct
Grade 2 (Easy)
Take up residence in a smart, stylish villa renowned for its fine Piemontese cuisine in Romano Canavese and pick your cycling adventures to suit your very own gentle pace.
Your à la carte menu includes vibrant Lake Viverone; wildlife-rich Lake Candia; the imposing towers of Ivrea; Pavone’s hilltop castle; medieval Chivasso and the mysteries of Turin – not to mention perfect panoramas and vineyards by the score. Day routes are mainly on small side roads and cycle paths.
There is a choice of excellent circular rides exploring the historic towns and villages, castles, vineyards and wildlife-rich lakelands of Piedmont’s Canavese area. A train ticket is included for you and your bike to travel down to the famous city of Turin if you wish, so you can also enjoy a pedal back along the Po and take in historic Chivasso and Mazzé en route back to Romano Canavese.
Your base on this holiday is the Relais Villa Matilde, a luxury 4 star hotel which sits in its own peaceful parklands in the centre of the medieval village of Romano Canavese. Elegant yet intimate, it blends wonderful Piedmontese history with modern day comfort and also offers a range of leisure facilities including an outdoor pool, a wellness centre and tennis court. Dining al fresco here is a treat to remember with real local flavours and wines a speciality.
Day 1 Arrive, relax or explore
Arrive and relax by the pool or take time to stroll around the historic gateways, palaces and castle fortifications of the town.
Day 2 Choice of circular rides
Miles: 23-37 Kms: 35-60
Day 3 Choice of circular rides
Miles: 23-37 Kms: 35-60
Day 4 Choice of circular rides
Miles: 23-37 Kms: 35-60
Day 5 Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast
The circular rides:
We offer a choice of 5 circular routes with distances between 23 and 37 miles (35 to 60 kms), with each ride carefully planned to make sure you see the best of the area and that you travel the distance you are most comfortable with.
You can go with the flow of your energy levels southwards along the Dora Baltea river to the clear waters of Lake Candia, then enjoy superb vineyard views from the top of the Moraine hills, returning to Romano Canavese via the ‘Strada Reale dei Vini’ – the Royal Wine Route. Head up to the imposing castle towers of Ivrea and its little lakes, following the Franciscan pilgrimage route homeward or pick your way through kiwi and peach plantations on the return from Lake Viverone. The 9th century Castello Pavone is worth the climb and Pavone village, set on its rocky slopes offers Piedmontese Baroque at its finest. We think you’ll want to gear up and enjoy the cafés and culture of Turin too, so let the train take the strain and enjoy the pedal back along the Po river, then past some impressive castles and the charming small town of Chivasso.
All of the routes offer excellent cycling and there are plenty of opportunities to stop for refreshments.
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Ensuite accommodation as described with buffet/continental breakfast (prices based on two adults sharing). If half-board is booked, 4 course dinner with wine, water and coffee (3 dinners)
Hire of hybrid bicycle and ancillary equipment (single pannier and handlebar bag, pump, basic tools, spare inner tube & puncture repair equipment)
Insurance for theft or damage to the hire bicycle
Local assistance on call (although puncture repair is excluded)
Information pack with detailed joining instructions and daily route overviews sent out approximately 2 weeks before departure so you can plan ahead and look forward to your cycling
Detailed route notes and maps with marked routes provided on arrival (1 per room)
GPS tracks available on request
Transfer by train from Strambino to Turin is included
Please note that the price EXCLUDES
City/tourist taxes in Italy
Costs of getting to and from the tour area
4 star luxury villa in Romano Canovese with pool (open June onwards).
- Half board available for 3 nights
- Room upgrades
We are pleased to discuss details on request.
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