Italy's culinary secret.
On this radial tour you discover the charming Canavese area, easily accessible from Lake Maggiore and Turin. In the heart of the small medieval village of Romano Canavese is Villa Matilde located which is dating back to the 18th century. Here you will feel at home, because the comfortable rooms with spacious bathrooms leave nothing to be desired. By bike you will discover the highlights of the region. Marvel at historic castles, see Turin, with its magnificent buildings such as the Mole Antonelliana and the Cathedral Duomo di San Giovanni with the Turin grave cloth. Enjoy varied cycling routes with flat and hilly stages to unspoiled lakes, the wine road "Strada dei Vini Reale" and the Po Cycle Path. Daily you will master 1-2 shorter climbs and on the entire trip once also an increase of about 4 km length. Afterward you can look forward to the beautifully landscaped swimming pool at your hotel, you can relax in the sauna or steam room, or workout on the tennis court. However you design your holidays, your 4 star hotel surrounded by a large park will be an oasis of calm and relaxation.
1. day Romano Canavese arrival
Welcome to the Piedmont and in this stylish accommodation. An employee of the Hotel will hand over further detailed travel documents as well as your bicycles. And then you go out and explore the region. Take a first leisurely stroll through the medieval town and look forward to the Piedmontese cuisine.
2. day To the Candia Lake 40 km
On beautiful paths you cycle first towards the south along the river Dora Baltea and reach the beautifully situated Lake Candia. Gorgeous swimming lures to cool down in the clear water. Take a break, you can enjoy a cappuccino on the lake shore or a delicious ice cream. Well strengthened you overcome the longer increase (4 km) on the moraine. You will be rewarded by fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Along the royal wine route you roll back to the hotel.
3. day The Lakes of Ivrea 50 km
In the morning you cycle through meadows and fields to Ivrea. Marvel at the ancient Castello and at the river Dora Baltea. Here in Ivrea, it entrenched itself deeply into the riverbed and offers spectacular views. After a short rest in the medieval town center you will cycle to two mountain lakes in the immediate vicinity. Romantically situated the lakes invite for an swim. On the way back your bike route leads along the old Franciscan path which represents for the monks an important pilgrimage axis to Rome.
4. day Turin and the River Po 60 km
In the morning you get comfortably by train to Turin, which invites you for a stroll. You will be impressed by the enormous size of Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Stroll through narrow streets, you will discover comfortable angle, nice shops and visit the Turin Cathedral. There is a lot to discover in this lively city. Through the beautiful bike path along the Po you leave Turin and cycle north. Take a worthwhile break in the afternoon in the small town of Chivasso. The little town on the Po with its sidewalk cafes conveys real Italian joie de vivre. Passing the Castello Mazze, from where for centuries the valley has been observed, you cycle back to Romano Canavese.
5. day Lake Viverone 40 km
If you want to break down a lot of calories and you are sporty and fit, you should visit in the morning the impressive Castello di Masino (very steep climb for about 2 km). Who likes it rather cozy can cycle along rolling hills and through small villages with historic churches and small castles to Viverone. Look forward to the beautiful swimming location on the lake front. After a pleasurable refreshing swim or a cafe break you cycle through the agricultural region back to the hotel. Kiwis, peaches and grapes will be your companions.
6. day Round trip through the moraine hills 35 km
Through cornfields you cycle to Castello Pavone. Marvel at this gorgeous Castle, which is often seen at wedding pictures. The excellent gastronomy in the castle certainly attracts one or the other cyclists for a long break. Then a short climb is awaiting for you to reach the top of the moraine hills. Enjoy the beautiful views of the valley, which makes you forget so many small slope. In the afternoon you will cycle along the Royal Wine Road and past many small castles. After an exhilarating descent you reach again your comfortable hotel in Romano Canavese.
7. day Romano Canavese departure
Much too quickly the time passed. Those who want to can extend the stay, as Piedmont has much more to offer.
Hotel Sina Matilde 4****
The 4 **** Hotel is located in the heart of the small medieval village of Romano Canavese. The villa dates back to the 18th century and is surrounded by its own park with many opportunities for retreat, creating an oasis of peace and relaxation. Only seven years ago the villa was built by the owner family adapted to the hotel and made accessible to the guests. The stylish rooms with spacious bathrooms leave nothing to be desired. The lounges of the hotel are especially charming and luxurious. All still equipped with the original furniture will take you back to times long gone. The old stables now house the excellent restaurant serving light, typically Piedmontese cuisine. For variety, the beautifully landscaped pool, sauna, steam room and for some, the hotel's own tennis court. All this in conjunction with the attentive staff ensures a thoroughly successful stay.
Individual tours: Here you decide when and with whom you would like to travel. We provide you with detailed tour documents and practical planning tips, and you enjoy our all-in, worry-free package with separate luggage transport throughout your tour.
Guided tours: You can simply get on your bike and enjoy a group holiday (8–20 participants). Your tour guide will take care of everything, and your luggage will be transported separately.
This overview shows you the grade of difficulty for our tours:
In the case of our original Velociped tours, we are the tour operator. We organise and accompany these tours personally.
So that you have an even bigger selection to choose from, we also cover additional routes in collaboration with long-standing partners. With these Velociped partner tours, we are the tour broker.
Minimum number of participants
Velociped can withdraw from the tour twenty-one days before the starting date of the tour, at the latest, in case the minimum number of participants stated under the tour description is not attained. You will duly be informed without any delay in case of a withdrawal. Velociped will of course refund the paid tour price immediately. Please note our General Terms and Conditions.
Prices are per person.
04.04. – 24.04.2020
26.09. – 10.10.2020
25.04. – 29.05.2020
05.09. – 25.09.2020
30.05. – 04.09.2020
bookable additional services
1 x free extra night at the Hotel Sina Matilde (please provide us with your desired date of stay when booking).
for arrivals 26.09.–10.10.2020
- 6 overnights with breakfast at the 4**** Relais Villa Matilde
- Rooms with shower / WC in the selected room category
- Personal tour information during the stay
- Detailed route description
- Tips for travel preparation
- Tourist Information
- 7-day hotline service
- welness area free of charge (swimming pool opens on 01. June)
- 1 x train ticket Strambino – Turin inclusive bike
- on request GPS data
- Own signage
- GPS data available on request
Worth knowing about the radial tour Piedmont
Below please find more information about your bike trip. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us by phone: 0049 - (0)6421-886890.
Hotel SINA Matilde 4 stars
The 4 **** L Hotel is located in the heart of the small medieval village of Romano Canavese. The villa dating back to the 18th century is surrounded by its own park with lots of retreats and thus forms an oasis of calm and relaxation. Only seven years ago the villa of the owner's family was adapted to the hotel and made available to guests. The stylish rooms with spacious bathrooms leave nothing to be desired. Particularly charming and luxurious designed are the lounges of the hotel. All is equipped with the original furniture and thus guest will feel like returning to times long past. The old horse stable now houses the excellent restaurant where typical Piedmontese cuisine is served. Leisure facilities include the beautifully landscaped pool, sauna, steam room, and also the in-house tennis court. All this, together with the attentive staff will ensure a pleasant stay.
Arrival by train
The next station to the hotel is the station of Strambino. From here please take a taxi to the hotel (1,5 km, 10 euros approx.). Please make a reservation for the taxi in the hotel prior to your journey because there are not always taxis waiting at the station. Current schedule information and price information can be found at:
Arrival by plane
You are flying to Turin Sandro Pertini Airport in Caselle: Turin Airport is approximately 40 km from the hotel away. From there, take the airport bus to Turin Central Station and continue by train to Strambino. The travel time is about 2.5 hours, the cost is about 15 euros per person. Alternatively, fly to Malpensa Airport in Milan (100 km from the hotel). From there, take the train to Milan Porta Garibaldi Station and continue to Strambino. The driving time is about 3.5 hours, the cost is about 25 euros per person.
Both airports can arrange transfers to the hotel on request! Payable locally.
Arrival by car
Vignette obligation on austrian motorways 10-day vignette Euro 9. Toll fee Brenner motorway is about Euro 9. The toll on the Italian side from Brenner to Turin is approximately Euro 42.10 from Tarvisio to Turin about Euro 51.50. Motorway in Switzerland subject to vignette (annual vignette approx. Euro 35).
Parking facilities at the hotel
You may leave your car free of charge on the parking spaces of the hotel. It is not possible and necessary to make a reservation. There is a parking garage available for about 25 euros per day.
Condition of the bike paths
During this trip you cycle on flat and hilly stages. Daily, one or two shorter slopes are to be completed, one longer increase (about 4 km). You cycle mainly on secondary and commercial roads, partly on cycle paths, which are mainly asphalted. Only rarely you have to expect more traffic (in cities and on short connections).
Available rental bikes
You can choose between unisex 21-speed touring bikes and unisex 7-speed touring bikes with coaster brake, men's bikes available on request in different frame sizes. 8-speed unisex electric bikes in different frame sizes are also available on request. The unisex bikes are suitable for all cyclists from about 148cm height and the men's bikes from 165 cm. You simply give your bike request when booking.
Weather and clima
The Piedmont is mainly influenced by the alpine climate, characterized by harsh winters and not too hot summers.
Cycling in italy
Cyclists are prescribed a striking dress code. In Italy, warning vests are mandatory outside closed areas at night and at dusk.
Extra coasts, which are not included in the travel price
A possibly resulting tourist tax is not part of the travel price and therefore it has to be paid locally in the hotel.
7 day hotline service
In case of chain breakdown, flooding or other bad surprises that makes a continuation of your tour impossible: no problem, we also work during weekends and you can reach us 7 days a week in case of emergency.
Passport and visa requirements, health regulations
For EU citizens, there are no special passport or visa requirements and no health formalities to be considered for this trip.
The tour price already includes the statutory insolvency insurance. In addition, we recommend that you take out travel cancellation insurance upon receipt of your travel confirmation in order to protect yourself against financial disadvantages in the event of travel cancellation, interruption of travel, illness or accident.
The old town of Ivrea, with a fortress, cathedral and bishop's palace, is picturesque on a hillside, and parts of the Gothic fortifications are still preserved. A walk up to the Old Town Hill is rewarded by the beautiful view from the Castello over the morainic landscape around Ivrea. The company Olivetti was founded in Ivrea in 1908. The economic and social structure of the city is closely intertwined with the company history of Olivetti, which for a long time was the city's biggest and most important employer. The innovative ideas of Olivetti with regard to cultural promotion and modern urban development have played a major role in shaping the cityscape. The result was a new town quarter, characterized by Bauhaus style, with residential buildings for the employees and small vilen for the senior staff. In 2001, an interesting course of about 2 kilometers was built, which passes the main monuments of Olivetti. Ivrea is also known for its historic carnival, which traditionally takes the form of an "orange slaughter" (battaglia delle arance). The origin of this tradition goes back to the year 1808, when the then Napoleonic rulers decided to merge the various carnival festivals into one.
There's a whiff of Paris in Turin's elegant tree-lined boulevards and echoes of Vienna in its stately art nouveau cafes, but make no mistake – this elegant, Alp-fringed city is utterly self-possessed. The industrious Torinese gave the world its first saleable hard chocolate and Italy's most iconic car, the Fiat.
The Shroud of Turin
The Shroud is a linen sheet whose weave is a herringbone pattern made in the ancient Egypt manner before Christ. It measures 442 cm long by 113 cm high plus a 8 cm strip sewed lengthwise. On the tissue there is a faint impression of an image, the frontal and dorsal one of a man who suffered the death of crucifixion. It is a sudarium or shroud and the image distinctive characteristic is of being like one of a negative film.
Museo delle Antichità Egizie
The Museo delle Antichità Egizie is the only museum other than the Cairo Museum that is dedicated solely to Egyptian art and culture. Many international scholars, since the decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphs Jean-François Champollion, who came to Turin in 1824, spend much time pouring over the collections. It was Champollion who famously wrote, “The road to Memphis and Thebes passes through Turin”.
The collections that make up today’s Museum were enlarged by the excavations conducted in Egypt by the Museum’s archaeological mission between 1900 and 1935 (a period when finds were divided between the excavators and Egypt).
Castello di Masino
The small town of Masino, near Lake Viverone, is surpassed by the imposing castle of the Adel dynasty Valperga. From the castle courtyard you can see the canyoning landscape of the Canavese, the Serra and the high mountain range that follows. For more than ten centuries Valperga had their family seat in Masino. Today's building complex with large park dates from the 1st century and is one of the best preserved aristocratic castles in the Piedmont. Inside you will find richly refreshed salons, games room and a library. Particularly worth seeing is the magnificent sleep of the Madame Reale with its original preserved Chinese wallpapers.
Viverone is idyllically nestled between vineyards and inviting Lago di Viverone for bathing. The lake counts because of the ever-shallow and warm water and the most beautiful waterskiing and wakeboarding of Europe.
Very special for such a small place are the "noche latina", Latin American nights, which in summer every Wednesday evening visitors from all Piedmont to Viverone pull. At the lakeside promenade there are regularly a few thousand visitors.