Rome to Turin – ITALY 2016

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Rome to Turin – ITALY 2016

The Classic Italian Ride

Thursday 30 June, 2016 to Tuesday 12 July, 2016

What a Bike Tour! AllTrails are running this incredible ride again in July 2016. Over the past 4 years we have welcomed cyclists from Australia, New Zealand and North America on this journey from Rome to Turin through 9 of Italy’s 20 regions. To be able to ride through this amazing country and experience the life of the local people along the way is a very special event.

Rome to Turin is 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

This ride featured in New York’s Mens Journal as one of the 3 top global epic long distance cycle tours.

Note: in 2016 we will not be riding from Turin to Paris after this leg as we have done in previous years.

BONUSMates Rates Group Discounts. Group discounts for 3 or more cyclists.

Rome to Turin, ITALY
Dates: Thu 30 Jun – Tue 12 July 2016
13 days, 12 nights. 10 actual ride days.
1 rest day, 1 pre and 1 post tour day
Ave. Daily:
Bike Type:
Road Bike or hybrid (BYO or hire)
Good bitumen roads – undulating
Group Size:
Approx 20
Difficulty Rating:
3 to 4 star hotels and lodges
Exquisite local Italian cuisine – this tour is a culinary delight with 12 breakfasts, 7 dinners, 1 welcome tea
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  • The ancient city and cultural history of Rome before the tour starts
  • The Forum, The Vatican, The Colloseum, St Peter’s Square and magnificent cathedral
  • Cycle through magnificent Tuscany
  • Enjoy Lucca, Emilia Romagna, San Gimignano, the val D’Orcia (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • The val d’Orcia has Montepulciano and Montalcino, renowned for their red wines
  • Optional side trips to Pisa and Siena
  • Pedal the Apennines of Italy
  • Culinary Delights and Piemonte wines
  • Turin, the first capital of a unified Italy
  • This leg departs Rome one day before the start of Tour de France

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 GimignanoSiena (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). The val d’Orcia also has Montepulciano and Montalcino, renowned for their red wines. A rest day in Lucca is a highlight.

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 Tour de France.

These rides are designed not just as a bike tour to get from A to B, but a way to experience the cultures, people, environments and ways of life across the globe. They are not just a tour, but an achievement. We cycle mostly back-roads off the beaten track and through famous historic cities, past rivers, lakes and over mountains. Even though it is a fully supported tour, you are still part of an expedition. It is something that you can be proud of completing, yet it is within reach of most adventurous cyclists who are willing to commit to solid training, resulting in being able to cycle at an average of 25kph on a flat road under normal conditions.
Wake up in beautiful Italian accommodation and enjoy a relaxed breakfast before heading off with your new cyclist friends. We have recommended meeting points up the road for your morning tea and lunch stops so that you can cycle with other riders of the same speed if you wish, or go at your own pace, navigating by chalk arrows on the ground, or a GPS if you have one. You will also see a support vehicle 2-5 times per day as they drive the route to ensure cyclist safety.

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)

Rome -- NA -- Thu 30 June 2016 -- - - D A
Day 1 (Pre Tour). Highlights: Rome
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.
Rome to Anguillara Sabazia -- 63km -- Fri 1 July 2016 -- B - D A
Day 2. Highlights: Ride along the Tiber River
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.
Anguillara Sabazia to Tuscania -- 79km -- Sat 2 July 2016 -- B - D A
Day 3. Highlights: Tuscania
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.
Tuscania to San Quirico d Orcia -- 108km -- Sun 3 July 2016 -- B - - A
Day 4. Highlights: Pedal the Val d’Orcia valley.
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.
San Quirico d Orcia to San Gimignano -- 102km -- Mon 4 July 2016 -- B - - A
Day 5. Highlights: San Gimignano and it’s medieval towers
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.
San Gimignano to Lucca -- 93km -- Tue 5 July 2016 -- B - D A
Day 6. Highlights: Walled city of Lucca, vineyards of Tuscany
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.
Lucca REST DAY -- NA -- Wed 6 July 2016 -- B - - A
Day 7. Highlights: Enjoy Lucca, or take a side trip to Pisa, Puccini concert
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.
Lucca to Aulla -- 105km -- Thu 7 July 2016 -- B - D A
Day 8. Highlights: Pedal the foothills of the Appennines
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.
Aulla to Salsomaggiore -- 121km -- Fri 8 July 2016 -- B - - A
Day 9. Highlights: Cross into Italy’s culinary heartland, Emilia Romagna
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.
Salsomaggiore to Castello di San Gaudenzio -- 126km -- Sat 9 July 2016 -- B - D A
Day 10. Highlights: Rolling hills and flat riding, beautiful restored castle hotel
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.
Castello di San Gaudenzio to Asti -- 98km -- Sun 10 July 2016 -- B - D A
Day 11. Highlights: Enter Piemonte Region, bicycle through wine country
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.
Asti to Turin -- 77km -- Mon 11 July 2016 -- B - - A
Day 12. Highlights: arrive in Turin – home of the Savoy family
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.
Turin -- NA -- Tue 12 July 2016 -- B - - -
Day 13. Highlights: Turin
Thank you for sharing the good times with us and buon viaggio! 


  • 12 nights of great accommodation including one night pre ride (Rome) and post ride (Turin)
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners including 2 special wine-tasting aperitif/dinners
  • This tour is often called ‘A Culinary Delight’
  • Tips & gratuities for Tour Leaders included
  • Welcome afternoon tea & cookies in Rome
  • The safety and assurance of touring with a proud Australian bicycle tour company with a history of great rides since 1997, in conjunction with our local European operator
  • Experienced, professional, bilingual local guides
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Bike mechanical assistance
  • Support vehicle for non-riding partners or those who only wish to cycle some of the distance

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit on booking ($800)
  • Progress Payment 30 days after deposit (adding up to 40% of package cost)
  • Balance 30 Mar 2016 (3 months before the ride)
Travelling on your own? Contact us to see if we can match you, if not you will need to book a single room.

Optional Extras

You need to book extra pre and post tour accom direct with our hotels. Click here for more info on booking pre and post tour accom in our hotels in Rome and Turin: How to Reserve Extra Hotel Nights Italy 2016

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 30 June).

Post tour accom: One night of post tour accom in Turin is already included in your tour price (Mon 11 Jul).

Bike Hire (recommended): These are really good bikes at a great price. $215 for the full 13 days. Click here for more info: Hire Bikes Italy 2016.

Freight and storage: for those bringing own bike in hard shelled or large bike boxes/bags. Approx EUR50-80 to be paid direct on tour.

AllTrails t-shirt: $28. Good quality – subsidised significantly by AllTrails. Includes $8 postage.

Famous Orange AllTrails Cycling Jersey: $43 – subsidised significantly by AllTrails. Includes $8 postage.

We are happy to answer any other questions you may have

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.

Training for a long distance tour

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.

Travelling alone?

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.

Snorers can enjoy their own room

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.

Carrying personal items on the bike

We suggest you carry a spare tube, a full water bottle and your own personal goods such as phone, money 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.

Speak to a past client

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.

Group discounts

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.

Group info session

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.

Changing or cancelling a tour

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.

What sorts of people join our rides?

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.

Bike type – which is best?

A comfortable racing bike, road bike or touring bike with a good seat and road tyres. A hybrid 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.

Travel insurance for international rides

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.


Visa for Europe?

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

Bike Hire in Europe

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.

Staying in touch with home while overseas

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:
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.

Safe cycling in Europe?

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.

Meals and food in Europe

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).

Accommodation in Europe

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.

Weather in Europe

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

Following the daily route in Europe

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.

Support vehicles in Europe

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.

Local guides in Europe

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.

Packing for Europe

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.

Why book with us?

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’)
  • Select any number of participants
  • Scroll down to click ‘Book Now’ 
  • Click the ‘Skip’ button at the top of the optional extras page
  • Scroll to the bottom and click the ‘terms and conditions’ hyperlink