Rome to Turin – ITALY 2015
The Classic Italian Ride
Thursday 02 July, 2015 to Tuesday 14 July, 2015
Rome to Turin is the first half of this ride – a wonderful trip of cycling, eating and experiencing life the Italian way. After leaving the ancient city of Rome, you cycle the landscapes of Tuscany; its culture and traditions, history and villages steeped in artistic legacy. You climb over the Apennines then into the Piedmont area (meaning ‘foot of the mountain’), a great place for wineries, sunflowers and fantastic cycling, before Turin on the Po River, home of rich culture, history, museums, galleries and sometimes called ‘the cradle of Italian liberty’.
Book today or give us a call on 03 9645 3355 – we look forward to having a chat. Phil & Susan – AllTrails Bicycle Tours
Quick link to Turin to Paris leg.
This ride featured in New York’s Mens Journal as one of the 3 top global epic long distance cycle tours.
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|Rome to Turin, ITALY|
|Dates:||Thu 2 – Tue 14 July 2015|
|Duration:||13 days, 12 nights. 10 actual ride days. 1 pre-tour day, 1 rest day, 1 post-tour day|
|Bike Type:||Road Bike or hybrid (BYO or hire)|
|Terrain:||Good bitumen roads – undulating|
|Group Size:||Approx 20|
|Accom.:||3 to 4 star hotels and lodges|
|Meals:||Exquisite local Italian cuisine – this tour is a culinary delight. 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 1 welcome tea|
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This bicycling journey begins in the eternal city of Rome where you will be greeted with a welcome dinner, then travels up through picturesque Tuscany and over the Apennine Mountains to Emilia Romagna. We see some really important cultural and historical sites such as San Gimignano, Siena (optional), Pisa (optional) and the classic Tuscany region of the val D’Orcia and its towns (UNESCO world heritage site and one of our local guides’ favourite places in all of Italy). A rest day in Lucca is a highlight. These are some of the most visited Italian sites (the val d’Orcia has Montepulciano and Montalcino, renowned for their red wines).
The finale of this leg comes with our arrival in Turin, designated the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861, the home of the House of Savoy, and the leader in uniting Italy under one flag (also home of automotive industries like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati).
Along the way we will learn about the unique features and customs of 9 of Italy’s 20 regions as we pedal along quiet roads through country towns, past medieval and renaissance castles and cities. Of course there will also be ample opportunities to sample some of each region’s finest wines and foods. Join us for this pioneering bicycling expedition.
Our departure date from Rome is the day before the start of the 2014 Tour de France. Some of you might be heading home after arriving in Turin but most will carry on with us on Leg 23 from Turin to Paris where we cycle some of the famous Tour de France routes before heading into wine country then catching the final day of the Tour in Paris around the streets of Champs-Elysees.
Tour participants should aim to be able to cycle at 20-25kph on flat terrain. We expect a normal day’s cycling to finish between 2-5pm where we then have the afternoon and long summer evenings to explore the village or relax at the hotel. An evening meal is often provided, leaving other evenings for your choice of meal and restaurants.
We usually arrange the evening meal in our accommodation or close-by where our local guides direct us to the best culinary eateries. In the evenings you may relax in your room or socialise with some of the other riders and locals in the town or at our accommodation. After dinner enjoy the nightlife in this fascinating country or relax in the comfort of your hotel.
Meal and accom inclusions noted as B, L, D, A (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accom)
Arrive a few days early to visit the eternal city – with more than enough monuments, ruins and small streets to visit we highly recommend spending a few days here before the ride. When in Rome, do as the Romans do and like most other travellers, visit St Peters Basilica, Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums, all part of this structural marvel, the dome beautified by Michelangelo. The Colosseum is another Italian treasure, its size and history is fascinating, where you can sit down and try to imagine the scene of many deadly gladiatorial and wild animal duals to the death, amid the roar of the crowd. The Pantheon, built around AD118-125 and the Piazza is spectacular. Maybe hire a bike or be shown the best of Rome with a local guided tour company.
Tonight you are welcomed in with an evening dinner to meet the crew and your fellow cyclists joining you on the ride.
Our ride out of Rome takes us on a 20km bike path along the Tiber River from the Vatican. Enjoy the views of this great city as the landscape will change dramatically as we move away from the hustle and bustle, into the green lanes and fields towards Tuscany.
Today we head north past fishing villages, quaint little cottages and lovely architecture, to Tuscania, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Dinner together tonight.
We pedal across the ‘Tuscia’ today, a remote part of Italy that formed the southern part of Etruria (the heartland of the native inhabitants of this region – the Etruscans). This is a horizontal landscape made up of layers of previously airborne volcanic ash. We pedal by and through several ancient, inactive volcanoes, specifically that of Lake Bolsena, today a popular summer destination for families seeking nice lake beaches. Our ride takes us along the ancient Roman road ‘Cassia’ as we wind our way into one of Italy’s most picturesque valleys, the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage site so named for the interaction between humans and landscape. Our destination is San Quirico d’Orcia, perched on the northern edge of the valley and so affording a fantastic view over the dry rolling hills lined with classic Tuscan cypress trees. Our hotel has a stunning swimming pool with a great view over the valley.
We’ll pedal north toward Siena today, along the famous (or infamous!) Tuscan hills. Gear down and spin and you’ll be up and down these hills in no time! We’re skirting the big city of Siena to reach the smaller town of San Gimignano, picturesque for its historic towers that dot the horizon as we approach town. Our hotel is just 1km outside of town with a lovely swimming pool in which to relax after the day’s ride. There is a pathway for those who want to walk into town which is definitely worth it.
We continue north along the vineyards of Tuscany and wheat fields full of poppies. Our destination is Lucca, a wonderful medieval town that still retains an intact 17th century wall. Late this afternoon we with gather for a special ‘happy hour’ aperitivo in Piazza Anfiteatro with some wine tasting and a good selection of food which will serve as an early dinner, giving you time this evening to check out the historic old town or retire to your room for an early night, ready for a day of exploration tomorrow.
Rest day. Lucca was a Roman town and one of medieval Italy’s most prosperous city-states. Today, Lucca retains its medieval charm with its small shops and sidewalk cafes. Take a day to relax, or if you feel the urge we can organize a trip to Pisa for a visit to the leaning tower. Tonight there is a wonderful opportunity to take in a very special concert of Giacomo Puccini’s music featuring an array of world-renowned singers and pianists presenting recitals and opera selections, all in a beautiful and stunning San Giovanni Basilica in the heart of Lucca.
We ride into the foothills of the Apennine Mountains. We’ll spend a good part of the day in the Garfagnana, a vast chestnut forest north of Lucca. Dinner together tonight.
We have flirted with Italy’s Apennine Mountains for four days now without crossing them. Well, today we head up and over to the north side of the Apennines. We leave ‘Mediterranean Italy’ and head into the Po Valley which enjoys a more subcontinental climate.
We ride through the foothills of the ‘Oltre Po Pavese’ south of the Po River through the foothills of the Apennine Mountains and out onto the flat Po Valley. Our hotel tonight is a restored castle. Dinner together tonight.
We follow the flat Po Valley for the most part today on our way to Asti, Piemonte – one of Italy’s most up and coming wine regions where vineyards produce many of the famous Piemonte wines, including Barbera d’Asti and Asti Spumante. Tonight we have a special farewell dinner including wine tasting to celebrate our tour through Italy.
Our final ride is relatively short today and it takes us into Turin, the seat of the House of Savoy and the first capital of a unified Italy beginning in 1861. What a tour! Accommodation is included tonight to allow you time to relax and enjoy a look around Turin this afternoon and tomorrow if you wish.
If you are leaving the tour here, thank you for sharing the good times with us and buon viaggio!
|Pricing||Book After 2 May|
|12 nights twin share pp||Ride completed|
|12 nights single room||Ride completed|
You need to book extra pre and post tour accom direct with our hotels. A PDF with more information about booking pre and post tour accom in our hotels in Rome, Turin & Paris will be released on this page soon.
Pre tour accom: Rome is a great place to spend a few days – arrive early to have a good look around. Remember one night pre-tour accom in Rome is already included in your tour price (Thu 2 Jul).
Post tour accom: If you are leaving the tour in Turin, one night of post tour accom in Turin is already included in your tour price (Mon 13 Jul).
If you are continuing on with us to Paris on Leg 23 you do not need to book any extra accommodation in Turin as all accommodation is included in your package prices.
Bike Hire (recommended): These are really good bikes at a great price. $200 for one leg, or $300 for both legs (Rome to Turin and Turin to Paris). Click here for more info on the Rome to Paris Hire Bikes.
Freight and storage: for those bringing own bike in hard shelled or large bike boxes/bags, starting in Rome or Turin. Approx EUR125-175. Final price TBA, to be paid direct on tour.
AllTrails t-shirt: $20. Good quality – subsidised significantly by AllTrails.
Famous Orange AllTrails Cycling Jersey: $35 – subsidised significantly by AllTrails.
Feel free to contact us at any time through our website ‘Contact Us’ page, phone or email. We love what we do and want to get you on the best bike ride for you. Speak to us about what’s on your mind and we’ll help you make your decision.
You really need to be a reasonably keen cyclist, however not necessarily fast, but consistent. If you can sit on an average speed of 20-25 km/hr on the flat, and build your kilometre total distance in training to gradually attain about 100km + a day for 2 days straight, that will usually put you in a good position to be ready for most of our long distance tours. We have a training schedule specific to each ride which we send to you after you place your deposit, however we are more than happy to send this to you earlier when you are considering the tour – just ask us for a copy and we will get it out to you straight away.
Not a problem! You’ll find other like-minded cycling companions taking part in our rides. If you’re a solo traveller we can pair you with other solo travellers of the same gender in twin share accom (early bookers only) or you can opt for Single Supplement (additional cost) to receive a room of your own.
If you are a chronic snorer or have other habits that may affect your fellow room-mates we suggest booking your own room (single supplement cost). This is not just a courtesy to your fellow travelling companions, but will also give you the space & privacy you need to enjoy your sleep after a long day on the bike.
We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as camera, wallet and rain gear, on your bike with you. We transport your luggage, drawstring day bags, food & extra water. A more detailed list of things to bring and not bring is on our ‘Tour Preparation Guide’ which is sent out to you before the ride.
We have a great safety record, but accidents can happen. We have trained First Aiders as crew, comprehensive First-Aid Kits, a list of hospitals in the areas that we travel through, as well as mobile phones and a satellite phone for emergency calls when we are out of cellular range. Safety discussions are held throughout the tour as part of the daily briefings.
We will be happy to give you the names and telephone numbers of people who have participated in the ride or a similar ride to the one which you are considering. Where possible we will provide you with the details of someone within your city or state.
Another good place to look is our ‘Testimonials’ page.
Bring your friends and save some money! Many of our tours have group discounts for 3 or more entrants. Check out the ‘pricing’ tab on each ride page to see if group discounts apply to that tour. This generally excludes any optional extras such pre and post tour accom, cycling jersey, t-shirt etc. Contact our office for more details and information.
Contact us if you would like to find out about booking an info session for your group of friends, or if you would like to find out about a travel talk happening near you in the future. Be inspired, hear from the experts, learn more about a destination and even book your tour on the night.
Should you wish to change your booking with AllTrails to a different tour, there will be a very reasonable service charge. We try to keep this figure as low as possible to allow flexibility where we can as we want to make sure that you get on the right tour for you. For cancellation and refund policies for your tour click the ‘T&Cs’ tab on the relevant tour page of our website.
If you need to cancel your tour, a travel insurance policy will cover cancellation fees due to most unforeseen events. This is why we provide links to travel insurance options and highly recommend that you investigate and purchase travel insurance for all our rides (including Australian domestic tours) at the time of deposit and ensure that it includes coverage for cancellation fees if for some reason you are not able to travel (see Travel Insurance FAQ). For our international tours we require all participants to have Travel Insurance to assist you in the event of a medical emergency, lost baggage, personal liability, cancelled tour or other trip related issues.
People from all parts of Australia and also some overseas guests. Ages generally range from 35 – 75 with the average age about 50-60 years old. Adventurous cyclists usually about 40% women & 60% men with a mix of singles, friends and couples.
A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres. A hybrid or mountain bike is also possible if you are comfortable riding the daily distances and average speed of the tour, however these bikes can be around 20% slower than a road bike. Ask us for the ‘Training Tips’ document for this ride to get an idea of distances and speeds you need to train for.
Yes, yes, yes. Make sure that you are covered for every country that you are travelling to and ensure that you are covered from and including the day you leave and arrive back home. Due to the nature of our rides we are sometimes in remote areas during the course of a ride – ensure that you have medical insurance that would cover the cost of a helicopter ambulance to transport you to the nearest hospital. We recommend getting your travel insurance in place immediately after you book your ride so that you are covered for unforeseen events which may lead to you having to cancel your trip.
We will send you a Pre Departure Info document upon booking with more details on all aspects of your travel including visas – let us know if you would like us to send you the document now. In general, if you are on an ordinary Australian passport with no special circumstances (eg. criminal convictions) no visa is required when travelling for holiday purposes for a length of time under 90 days to the countries that we will visit in 2019. Two of the seven countries have no visa requirement for tourism purposes under 90 days and the other five countries are in the European Schengen Area. This means that entry to one country gives you entry to them all. Be aware that the 90 day limit runs concurrently across the whole of the Schengen zone and the countdown begins when entering any of the signatory countries. It does not reset when travelling into another country covered by the Schengen agreement. This is important if you are considering staying in Europe before or after the ride for more than 90 days total. A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the representatives of the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact your nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. For Australian passport holders, additional advice can be found on the Smartraveller website www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Yes, you can hire a bike and we encourage you to do so. Hiring a bike will help you avoid hassles that arise on occasion with travelling on airlines with bicycles and also leave you free to enjoy pre and post tour travel without a bicycle as luggage. For those bringing their own bike, note that we may need to transfer bike bags and hard case bike boxes to the end of your ride at your own expense – contact us for more info. Our local operators have a great range of light weight titanium Van Nicholas hire bikes, which are high quality road bikes with drop down or flat handlebars. It’s your choice to add a small rack on the back for camera, jacket and any other personal items. You can also bring your own seat to give you that little bit of ‘home comfort’ and/or pedals if you wish. Click here for more info on hire bikes.
Check with your mobile phone service provider to see where you will have coverage overseas and also confirm that global roaming has been activated on your phone.
As you may not always have mobile phone coverage, particularly if you travel into remote locations, it is sometimes good to purchase a phonecard or calling card when you arrive at the start of your tour, as many public telephones do not take coins. Otherwise it may be cheaper to purchase a local SIM card on arrival at your destination, or you can purchase a ‘Travel SIM’ which is SIM card that you put in your phone and works in many overseas countries. For more info see: www.travelsim.net.au.
Some towns may have an internet café or access to an internet terminal, so you may be able to check your emails from time to time while you’re away. If you don’t already have a web-based email account, it is a good idea to set one up before you leave, e.g. Hotmail, Yahoo or Gmail.
BE VERY CAREFUL WITH USING YOUR MOBILE PHONE TO ACCESS THE INTERNET OVERSEAS. PHONE PROVIDERS CAN CHARGE EXTREMELY HIGH RATES.
European motorists have a great reputation for being cyclist-considerate. We at AllTrails have a great safety record however cyclists have to play their part in keeping well over to the side of the road where possible. You will also be briefed before each day’s ride pointing out parts of the road that may get narrow or have any known hazards.
Always a big part of any cycling holiday! Our emphasis is on fresh local food and a balanced diet with plenty of carbohydrates, proteins, fruit and veggies catering for a cycling holiday. We always try to include as many local specialties, delicacies and flavours as possible. Our local team can cater to most dietary requirements, however please be aware that this can sometimes be a little more challenging in Europe and you may need to exercise some patience in this area – feel free to contact us if you wish to discuss further. We provide daily quality breakfasts and most dinners. You will generally purchase your own lunches and some evening meals however there are plenty of great bakeries and cafes along the way for you to pick up lunches and snacks as you wish (our team will give you recommendations).
Most hotels have been inspected and used on previous tours by our local guides, however on these expedition trips there may be some (very few) that have not been inspected other than online investigations. Hotels are generally of a good 3-4 star standard however can be of varying quality depending on the location and what’s available in the region. While creature comforts such as air-conditioning are sought, and most often found, we cannot guarantee this on every night of the tour. All rooms have ensuite facilities. In the smaller villages or more rural areas we often get lovely and interesting accommodation full of character and personality. We choose accommodation that is bicycle friendly, with good restaurants and near to town centres.
The tour has been specifically scheduled to run at the same time as the Tour de France so it’s in the middle of summer. Previous years experience suggests that some days will be very hot and you may get the odd day of rain, however most days should be beautiful weather. Of course, we can’t ever control the weather however this only adds to the adventure and excitement of your travel experience!
For more specific weather and climate information visit www.worldweather.org
Our international guides will not only go ahead and mark the route with chalk, but will also provide maps and download the route for you on your GPS (let us know if you want some advice on purchasing a GPS). Each day you will reset your GPS and follow the line from your handlebars, with the backup of maps and chalk arrows on the road.
The vans are travelling with you along the route, sometimes in front or behind, stopping at various points to allow you to refill your water or grab a snack. The vans also go ahead to arrange food stops for you to choose whatever is available. If for some reason you cannot cycle a particular section of the ride, the support vehicle can also provide you a lift to your destination. You will usually see a support vehicle 2-5 times per day as they go about their duties and drive the route to ensure cyclist safety.
We have some very impressive and knowledgeable local bike tour operators that we partner with in each region that we visit outside of Australia. Our chosen partner in Europe has over 40 years experience and has many high credentials. Their knowledge is exceptional, with multi lingual tour guides, qualified to look after all of your needs and helping the group understand and appreciate the local cultures and people. The interaction with our guides is often a highlight of the trip for many cyclists on these tours.
Limit your luggage to two medium-sized pieces. The best combination is a medium-sized suitcase on wheels and a small or medium carry-on bag, such as a backpack or a small duffel bag. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and kept to a reasonable minimum. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Most economy class flights booked through Travel Agents (domestic and international) have a luggage limit of 20 kilograms per person and usually this can include your bike if you are not renting one in Europe. You will be required to carry your own luggage at times so you should be capable of carrying your own bags up and down stairs. A good guide is to try to keep it under 15kg. If you are doing lots of shopping during your travels, it may be necessary for you to forward any excess to the city where your journey concludes, or ship purchases directly home.
We only run approximately 10 tours per year. This makes every tour as special to us as it is to you because we are not repeating the same rides over and over again week-in week-out. Every tour is meticulously planned and we are just as excited to be there as you – there is no bulk production-line here! On most occasions the owner-operators of the business will be on tour with you looking after everyone on the ride. The safety and confidence that comes with that is one of many great reasons to book your cycling holiday with us.
AllTrails is a proud Australian owned company with a great reputation in the bicycle tour industry. We have earned that reputation through hard work and dedication and we sincerely care about every person on every tour. Our large community of loyal AllTrails riders that keep coming back year after year are testament to the high standard of tours that we provide. We consider ourselves the best in the business and we always make sure that our tours represent great value at a fair price.
Full terms and conditions for each ride are available via our booking system (directions to find them are below). These terms and conditions will also be sent to you with your confirmation email after booking.
To find the terms & conditions of this ride:
- Click any ‘Book This Ride’ button on this webpage such as the one below (right click ‘open in new tab’)
- Under the calendar click ‘Confirm availability’ (don’t worry about what package is selected)
- Click ‘book now’ under the date of the ride start (highlighted orange)
- Click the ‘Skip’ button at the bottom of the optional extras page
- Scroll to the bottom of the questions page and click ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink