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Turin by bike: discovering a charming city, slowly

Royal residences, fresh air and historic vineyards: discovering Turin and its surroundings by bicycle over five delightful itineraries.

Exploring Turin and its surroundings by bicycle is the best way to discover an astonishingly beautiful city and its majestic historic residences, lush metropolitan parks, local specialities and glimpses of nature that resemble paintings: here are five itineraries that reveal all its charms. Turin, the capital of Piedmont, is also the starting point for the Giro d'Italia 2021.

 

1. Crown of Delights

 

Basilica di Superga, Turin - Piedmont

Basilica di Superga, Turin

A circuit of more than 90 km long cycle trails, cycleways and rural roads around the capital of Piedmont, connecting the Savoy Royal Residences and the Metropolitan Parks, easing their way along the riverside, agricultural and historical landscapes of local districts. History and nature merge to create a new itinerary ideal for city bikes or mountain bikes. Discover artistic and architectural pearls such as the Royal Palace of Turin and the Stupinigi Hunting Lodge, the Reggia di Venaria and Valentino Castle, the Basilica of Superga and the Sanctuary of Oropa. The circuit is part of the Green Crown, the extensive ecological infrastructure system in the Turin metropolitan area.

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2. The Royal Turin Wine Route

 

Villa della Regina, Turin - Piedmont

Villa della Regina, Turin

An itinerary adding up to 600 km in the area around Turin characterized by solid, ancient wine-making traditions. Discover four areas - Canavese, Collina Torinese, Pinerolese and Valsusa - and eleven typical grape varieties: there is no excuse not to stop and taste some of the 25 DOC wines and visit the Regional Wine Centre of the Province of Turin in Caluso. Historic and artistic treasures are to be found along the way, such as the imposing castles and sumptuous residences of the Savoy royal family, including the Reggia di Venaria and the Castles of the Canavese area. The experience culminates in Turin itself with the Royal Way and the vineyards of Villa della Regina, not to mention a visit to the city's museums, historic cafes and fine palaces.

 

3. Along the River Po

 

Bridge on the Po river at Moncalieri - Piedmont

Bridge on the Po river at Moncalieri

Cycling along some of the most evocative stretches of the River Po, where fascinating natural and landscape scenarios alternate with the equally numerous architectural and artistic beauties dotting the entire territory. The main route sets off from Racconigi, about 40 km from Turin. It is 122 km long and can be divided into several stages. All the more, you can also choose other offshoots ensuring a more detailed discovery of the River Po Park of Turin which link up with the cycle paths in the province of Turin, such as the Pinerolese, Sangone, Dora Riparia, Stura di Lanzo and Dora Baltea routes. The best period to enjoy this itinerary is between March and November.

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4. The Apple Route

 

Duomo di Pinerolo - Piemonte

Duomo di Pinerolo. Photo by: ENIT - Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo, license CC BY-SA 4.0 

This route starts and ends in Pinerolo, in the metropolitan city of Turin. It is a 63 km circuit across the fruit growing areas in one of the most fertile regional agricultural districts, encompassing fourteen municipalities. Taking it easy along unpaved cycle roads flanking fields and orchards, you can breathe in the aroma of apples and fermenting musts, as well as taste the fruit, juices, ciders and spirits made from more than forty ancient apple varieties. The tour unwinds through plains, foothills and hills, with itineraries of different degrees of difficulty and travel time. Best enjoyed from April to October.

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5. Colle del Lys

 

Avigliana - Piemonte

Avigliana. Photo by: ENIT - Agenzia Nazionale del Turismo, licenza CC BY-SA 4.0 

Avigliana, a small town in the metropolitan city of Turin, is the starting and arrival point for this 77-km on-road cycling itinerary. It connects the Lower Susa Valley and the Lanzo Valleys and crosses the Colle del Lys, Natural Park and Alpine pass of the Graian Alps. You are immersed in a panorama ranging from the plains north of Turin to those around Cuneo, and then as far as Maritime Alps through as many as fifteen localities. It is a challenging route and consequently recommended for well-trained cyclists - preferably between March and October.

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