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The Italian Great Escape

Aosta, Piemonte and Liguria

From Mt Blanc to The Med through Italy

Experience northern Italy before others catch on to the perfect mix of beautiful scenery, great food and wine, and flowing trails. We start near Mt Blanc high in the Italian Alps then make our way through the best of the Aosta valley, through beautiful Piemonte and on the singletrack paradise on the coast of Liguria.

This is a relaxed trip where the wine and food takes is as good as the riding! Designed to experience the variety in this region while leaving time to explore, relax, eat and drink along the way. We also stay in style at some of the most lovely bike friendly hotels we have ever found.

Guides

1: Aosta & Pila (4 days)

Welcome to a week of beautiful natural trails and amazing food in Northern Italy! We meet you at Geneva airport and go through the Mt Blanc tunnel into the Aosta valley. We stay high up in the village of Pila at a lovely new delux spa hotel with sweeping mountain views and amazing trails straight from the door. From here we explore MTB trails around Pila, Aosta and into the Paradiso National Park. We make it possible to ride mainly cross-country and downhill (avoiding major climbs) by using minibus and other uplift services to get to the trailheads.

3: Trails wine and food in the Langue Hills and Alps of Piemonte (4 days)

For mixed groups we offer the option of challenging rides in the Alpine wilderness region near Mt Viso combined with easier trails in the Langue Hills riding through vineyards stopping at pretty villages and cafes. We go to a wild region that was closed military land until just a few years ago. With sweeping views of Mt Viso, and peaks as far as you can see, this is some of the best wilderness riding in Italy, discover it before others even know this hidden gem exists.

We relax and stay in a beautiful, deluxe hotel which sits in a lovely hill top village with magnificent views, a swimming pool and sun terraces. Expect amazing food in the lovely restaurant, with fresh local ingredients and Piemonte specialities. In true Italian style, the breakfasts is something really special too and the coffee is great. The owner loves to give a tour of his impressive wine cellar. You will have time to explore the medieval village, swim in the hotel pool or use the lovely jacuzzi with amazing views over the town and surrounding hills. Dont miss the chance to just sit out on cafe terraces in the evening and take in the atmosphere of this charming region.

4: Finale Ligure - Singletrack Paradise (3 days)

After a short trip in the minibus we arrive where the Alps meet the Coast in Liguria. This is the singletrack paradise of Finale Ligure and we explore the trails with easy routes along the coast to challenging backcountry trails with natural rocky terrain. A unique microclimate tucked between mountains and the mediterranean, makes this is a great all year round cycling destination. You can ride loops through the wild woodland on perfect narrow trails occasionally emerging to find wide slickrock outcrops and views of turquoise bays. Flow down some amazing descents to the town of Finale Ligure and eat declicious sea food and pasta, then head out again for another loop .

We love the accommodation we have found in Liguria. It lies about 4km from the sea, in an extraordinary valley, that has remained little changed over the centuries. A small family run agriturismo with delightful newly restored rooms, private bathrooms, a garden and beautiful terrace. Some of the best riding is right on the doorstep, so for anyone who is looking for a place to relax, bike, taste real Ligurian cuisine and drink the excellent local wines, this is the place to be.

Ciao

Another delicious breakfast at the lovely agriturismo and then we see you off at Nice airport.