This itinerary begins with a guided tour of Turin’s baroque and medieval historical centre, then moves on to the numerous parks in and around Turin’s belt, the Po Park, the Pellerina Park, the famous Valentino Park, the Mandria Park, the Vallere Park, the Stupinigi Park and the Avigliana Lakes Park. Along the way, there are many former residences of the Savoys, including the Valentino Castle, the Stupinigi hunting lodge, the Venaria Palace, but also small castles such as the Borgo Medioevale in Turin or the Avigliana Castle, whose medieval centre will leave you speechless. In Avigliana, the overnight stay is directly on the lake. You will go along the Valsusa cycle path, which is part of the Via Francigena, and discover the history of the Waldensians in Val Chisone. Finally, we will return to Turin following the beautiful cycle route from Pinerolo!
Day 1: Arrival in Turin around midday
Guided bike tour of the unusual city in the early afternoon and ride along the Po.
Day 2: Turin – Lanzo 36 km
The cycling route runs through the beautiful Pellerina park and along the river Dora, partly in the large Mandria park, partly on minor roads. Of particular interest are the Residenza Sabauda in Venaria (there will be the possibility of a quick visit), the Mandria palace and farmstead complex with its 6500-hectare park, the cycle path along the Stura river, and the Devil’s Bridge in Lanzo.
Day 3: Lanzo – Avigliana 45 km
The route winds gently downhill along river banks and cycle paths, partly on minor roads. We will cycle along the Stura and Dora river paths, see the Villa dei Laghi, the sanctuary of San Pancrazio, and the medieval town centre of Avigliana. Overnight stay in a hotel on the Avigliana lake.
Day 4: Avigliana – Pinerolo 40 Km
A beautiful cycle route that runs at the foot of the mountains. We pass through the small village of Frossasco where we visit the Taste Museum. We arrive in medieval Pinerolo, home to the national museum of chivalry.
Day 5: Pinerolo – the valley of the Waldensians 39 km
We head towards Torre Pellice on a scenic balcony route to understand the history of the Waldensians and how they were able to obtain a degree of tolerance from Duke Victor Amadeus II of Savoy in the 17th century.
Day 6: Pinerolo – Turin 35 Km
Today we cycle through the green countryside, passing the Savoy residence of Stupinigi, the Valentino Castle, the Borgo Medievale, the Church of the Gran Madre di Dio, until we reach the city centre.
Day 7: Turin
End of holiday, after breakfast departure, possibility to extend your stay.