Easy trails for families and for those who love authentic flavours, between villages and vineyards, rice fields and towns. Great climbs of the Giro d'Italia (Tour Italy, also known as the Giro) for racing bike enthusiasts and ups and downs in nature for mountain bikes. The two-wheels homeland is here: you are in Piedmont, the region that has made history of Italian cycling and the promised land of cyclotourits.
Risaie Ciclabili is a 27 km route perfect for the whole family in spring and autumn to discover the rice fields beauty and the Vercelli area. The Lake Orta Tour, in Novara area, is also quite easy: 35.50 km from Gozzano crossing the cliff of Madonna del Sasso, Omegna lakeside, Villa Crespi in Orta San Giulio. In the Biella area, enthusiasts will enjoy the Biella-Oropa climb, the Pantani Mountain of the Giro d'Italia: 12 km to reach the 1150 metres of the Sanctuary of Oropa, a UNESCO heritage site, the destination of six arrivals of the Corsa Rosa (Giro d’Italia nickname). Do you prefer a hilly landscape? Here is the challenging route Dalle Dolci Terre alle Langhe, from Acqui Terme to Canelli, passing through historical centres, regional wine shops, famous wineries, distilleries. How not to mention the Limone-Monesi Salt Road, in the Cuneo area, the most beautiful country road in Europe from the Alps to the sea: 39 km of dirt road from Limone Piemonte to Briga Alta, between 1,800 and 2,100 metres above sea level on an old military road. For the more trained road bike enthusiasts, the typical Colle delle Finestre, in the Turin area, is an opportunity to try their hand at a tough climb of the Giro d'Italia: 17 km, 1700 metres of altitude difference and 33 hairpin bends between Susa Valley and Chisone Valley, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes.
Among the thematic routes, don't miss the UNESCO Grand Tour by bike, a 600 km loop that crosses royal palaces, the Sacred Mountains and the World Heritage landscapes, the wildlife reserves of Man and the Biosphere project, Creative Cities and Geoparks. The artistic-spiritual itineraries linked to the Churches at Open Doors project (Chiese a porte aperte) are worth a visit.