Piemonte - a guide to useful websites and other resources

Published on:  | Last updated: 10 March 2017

Regional sites

Piemonte Outdoor (Italian only) is the Regione Piemonte's regional site aimed at tourists looking for active holidays. As well as an excellent accom­mod­ation directory and inform­ation about the region's parks, it has sections aimed at mountain­bikers and touring cyclists/​road cyclists. However, while it provides an overview of what's available, there are more useful sites but only covering parts of the region.

The most useful of these is piemonteciclabile.it (it/​en). This is a joint venture between the three provincial author­ities in the south of the region (Cuneo, Asti, Alessandria). There are 37 day rides (most for road or 'city' bikes) plus some multi-day tours. Most day-rides are less than 50kms. For each tour there's a route description, google map and downloadable track­files plus inform­ation on hotels and agrit­urismi (farmstays), bike shops and tourist offices. Some beautiful photos.

Area websites

Cuneo area

The city of Cuneo is in the south-west of the region with the Apennines to the south and the Alps to the east. The provincia also includes the wine districts of the Langhe and Roero around the cities of Alba and Bra. 

cuneoholiday.com (it/​en/​fr/​es/​de) has a section devoted to MTB and cycling holidays. You download sections from their brochure 'Cuneo's Bicycle Touring District'. Alternatively you can go to their downloads page and download the whole thing. 

The brochure includes:

  • 11 time-trial climbs;
  • 8 giro d'Italia climbs;
  • a 'Granda Bike Tour' of the Cuneo area;
  • 25 MTB routes;
  • a list of Bike Hotels
  • a list of bike events.

The download section also includes a map of the provincia which gives a useful overview of what's on offer. Cuneo Bike Hotels also produce an excellent map of cycling routes in the area. These maps are also available in tourist offices.

Due Ruote con Gusto nelle Alpi del Mare  is a guide (it/​fr/​en/​de) and good-quality map with road and mountainbike rides in the maritime Alps in Cuneo and the neigh­bouring provincia di Imperia.

The Valle Cannobina

The Valle Cannobina

Bra and Alba

The towns of Bra and Alba have teamed up to produce a tourism site langheroero.it (it/​en/​de/​fr) with a selection of 10 cycling routes. Downloads brochures, maps, altitude profiles, gps files. A small selection but very well presented.

The Grand Tour Marittimi-Mercantour

The Cuneo provincia and the author­ities for the Parco Alpi Marittimi (it) have teamed up with the Parc Mercantour on the other side of the border to promote cross-border tourism in the area covered by the two parks. Their joint site marittimemercantour.eu . Of particular interest to cycle tourists is the Grand Tour Marittimi Mercantour a 374-kilometre through ten valleys of the Southern Alps. There's also a bike version a 500-kilometre tour with 11,000 metres of climbing. 

There's a video (in French and Italian) that gives a flavour of what the route has to offer (14:09) :

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You can download maps for both versions of the tour - the paper map/​brochure is widely available in the area. You can also download them from the Parco Alpi Marittimi - public­a­tions page. Direct download links

Direct download for the English/​German version of the general brochure:

CycloMonviso

Cyclo-Monviso is another initi­ative to promote cross-border tourism - supported by the French town of Guillestre and three Italian towns (Racconigi, Savigliano and Saluzzo). Centrepiece of the initi­ative is the very challenging climb over the Colle dell Angelo.

Torino

The provincia di Torino is in the north west of the region. The area has an extensive network of signposted ciclostrade (cycle routes mainly on quiet roads, but with some sections of cycleway). The area has a huge variety of cycling to offer ranging from off-road on old military roads in the mountains and some of the toughest climbs in the Alps, to relaxed rides on quiet back lanes.

The Nature and Outdoor section (it/​en/​fr/​de/​es) of the turismotorino.org website has inform­ation and links about mountain bike and road bike routes as well as section about the high altitude military military roads and the bike parks in the ski resorts in the upper Val di Susa on the border with France.

The provincia also publishes three brochures that are widely available in tourist offices:

  • Bed & Bike - a listing of bike-friendly accom­mod­ation plus some basic inform­ation about recom­mended routes;
  • a Ruota Libera - inform­ation about some of the major routes and climbs in the area;
  • Alpi Bike Resort a leaflet and map showing the major bike parks.
Sacro Monte d'Orta

Sacro Monte d'Orta

Around Pinerolo

Marca Pinerolese has a section with over 30 itiner­aries (MTB and non-MTB) of various ranges of diffi­culty. Each with descrip­tions in Italian and English and a map. Again there's a brochure available from tourist inform­ation offices.

The Strada delle Mele Pinerolese (it/​fr/​en) (the Pinerolese Apple Road) describes cycling routes of the fruit growing area of the provincia around the village of Cavour. The main route is 58 kilometres long but there are a number of variants.

Resources for MTBers

Piemonte has a number of high-altitude military roads built to guard the frontier with France. These include the Strada dell'Assietta (SP173) a 60-kilometre road that runs along the ridge between Pian dell'Alpe and Sestrière and is almost entirely above 2000 metres in altitude. An ordinance intro­duced in July 2013 means that the closed to motor vehicles for two days a week (Wednesday and Saturday) in July and August. The ciclo­turismo page (link is to the english version) includes maps, as well as inform­ation about accom­mod­ation. These include a couple of high-altitude campsites. There's a useful brochure/​booklet available from tourist offices - or you can download the pdf: Strada dell'Assietta leaflet .

alpibikeresort.com (it/​en/​fr/​de) is a joint venture between 8 ski resorts (including Sestriere, Claviere and Bardonecchia) to promote mountain biking during the summer. The site has inform­ation about the bike parts at the resorts as well as some inform­ation about other routes (although no gps tracks so far as I can see) as well as where to stay etc.

Tourist information

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