Wake up and enjoy a hearty breakfast, featuring jams prepared on site and a homemade selection of cookies prepared by the pastry chef with “nocciola gentile del Piemonte,” a locally grown hazelnut: Try a Brut e Bon (“ugly and good”), a Langa kiss or Meliga and Code di Gatto cookie – or one of each!
Your route today leads you through some of Piedmont’s stunning farmlands and natural beauty to the ancient Roman city of Pollenzo, today a timeless village whose architecture spans the ages. Though most of the remains of the ancient Rome have been destroyed, the shape of the ancient amphitheater is still visible, as you’ll see by walking among the terraced houses built upon the site. In the town piazza, admire the neo-gothic monuments erected by the Royal Savoy family, whose King Charles Albert made Pollenzo his favorite holiday resort.
Today Pollenzo is home to the internationally known University of Gastronomic Sciences, established in Corte Albertina in 2004 by the Slow Food Organization. The university embraces the latest models of agriculture and the preservation of biodiversity. At the adjacent Wine Bank, more than 300 winemakers regularly select, store and preserve their best vintages, making the history of Italian wines available for future generations. A local guide will explain their interesting projects and show their numerous wine collections featuring the best vintages from all over Italy.
After lunch on your own, enjoy an invigorating ride across the River Tanaro, the natural northern border of the Langhe, into the heart of the region. The breathtaking hilly landscapes you’ll traverse, or langa, are famous for wines, cheeses and truffles. The wine making culture, traditions and terrains established are among Europe’s finest examples of man’s harmonious relationship with nature and are considered an aesthetic archetype of European vineyards, earning this entire area a place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is truly a privilege to cycle here.
Upon arrival at your hotel, settle in and relax, perhaps by the panoramic pool, before walking with your Trip Leaders to a local restaurant for a great Piemontese dinner.