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
Possibility of a guided bike tour of the city.
Day 2: Turin – Avigliana 40 Km
Departure from the hinterland of Turin, partly through the Mandria park, along the Susa Valley cycle route,
Sights of historical and artistic interest: the Savoy residence of Venaria, the Mandria palace and farmsteads complex; the alpine-style houses; the Sacra di S. Michele, the symbol of the Piedmont region, a beautiful Romanesque abbey situated at an altitude of almost 1000 m; sights of natural interest: the Mandria park (6500 hectares of woodland) – the erratic boulders in the Pianezza area; the Chianocco gorge near Foresto.
Day 3: Avigliana – Pinerolo 35 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 4: Pinerolo – Saluzzo 50 km
On this route, partly on cycle paths to Cavour, then on minor roads and the Saluzzo area cycle paths, it will be interesting to discover the historic centre of Cavour and the abbey of S.Maria (11th century), the Romanesque abbey complex of Staffarda and the medieval historic centre of Saluzzo, not forgetting the Rocca di Cavour nature park.
Day 5: Saluzzo- Cherasco 66 Km
We start out from the Saluzzo area, the beginning of the Langhe, with the historic centres of Fossano and Bra. A reason for interest, not only local, in Bra, home of slow-food.
Day 6: Cherasco- Carmagnola 42 Km
Today the large park of the Savoy castle of Racconigi and the Racconigi stork centre within the Lipu oasis will attract your attention.
Day 7: Carmagnola-Turin 45 Km
You enter Turin along the Po River cycle path that leads directly into the heart of the city; you will see the Savoy castle of Moncalieri and as soon as you enter the city, you can lose yourself in its baroque historical centre, see the Royal Palace, the Mole Antonelliana symbol of the city and always interesting is the area of the River Park, the Turin hills and the famous Valentino Park with its two castles.
End of holiday, after breakfast departure, possibility to extend your stay.