IN THE LANDS OF THE CYCLING CHAMPIONS AWAITING THE GIRO D'ITALIA
3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS
The province of Alessandria will be star of Giro d'Italia 2023 thanks to the arrival stage in Tortona on 17 May. The pink caravan will also transit through Voltaggio, Gavi, Serravalle Scrivia, Cassano Spinola and Villalvernia.
The area of Alessandria has a natural vocation for cycling, thanks to Novi Ligure, the city of Coppi and Girardengo to whom is dedicated the largest European museum on bicycle history and legends. The roads which were natural training ground for the first two Champions of the cycling era chase one another other between plains and hills with up and down stretches and breathtaking scenery. By bicycle, you can encounter crystal-clear rivers, woods full of wild fauna, golf courses and equipped sports centres. In a moment, you move from castles, medieval fortresses, Roman settlements to modern shopping centres such as the Outlet of Serravalle Scrivia, to merge history and culture with shopping.
Arrival in 18th century residence on the outskirts of Novi Ligure. Tour of the gardens, vineyards and winery with tasting. In the afternoon, visit Museo dei Campionissimi, the largest European
cycling museum housed in an industrial building of the early 20th century next to the city centre. Dedicated to the great champions Fausto Coppi and Costante Girardengo, who lived most of their life in the city of Novi Ligure: besides memorabilia, the multimedia totems and short films will take the visitor on a journey through cycling history. Followed by walk in the historic centre of Novi characterised by facades painted with tromp l'oeil drawings and stucco according to the use introduced by the families of Genoa who reigned here in the 17th century. Dinner in osteria with farinata, a thin chickpea pancake cooked in a wood-burning oven and very popular in Liguria and areas bordering with Piedmont. Overnight accommodation in historical residence/wine estate on the outskirts of Novi Ligure.
After breakfast, full day itinerary by e-bike (or with road bikes for more expert cyclists): Novi-Castellania Coppi - Novi along the road that takes to the birthplace of Fausto Coppi.
Itinerary: Novi Ligure - Merella – Villalvernia – Spineto – Villaromagnano – Costa Vescovado – Montale Celli – Castellania Coppi – Sant’Agata Fossili – Cassano – Novi Ligure. In Castellania Coppi, everything speaks and tells of the Piedmont champion. Even the walls and frescoes with giant vintage photographs and photos, the memorabilia, which can be seen in Casa Coppi or in the small, dedicated museum. There is also the Mausoleum of the great Fausto: the Monument in honour of the Coppi brothers is the destination of continuous pilgrimages.
For "virtuous" cyclists it is possible to cycle the "Rampina", a climb of approximately 3 km on gravel roads which are the undisputed protagonists of LA MITICA historical cycle race run every year, departing and arriving in Castellania Coppi.
Lunch break in equipped picnic area at a farm in Costa Vescovato with organic specialties from the farm’s shop such as salami, Montebore cheese, fruit/vegetables, all accompanied by Derthona Timorasso, princely wine of the area. Alternatively, possibility to lunch in the farm’s restaurant (on request and payment of an additional charge).
Return to the wine estate in Novi and dinner in the restaurant on-site with local menu.
After breakfast transfer by own means to Tortona: Visit the Art Gallery
of Fondazione Cassa
di Risparmio di Tortona - Divisionism. The entire collection of the works is focused on the
painting movement of the last decade of the 19th century and the focus is on the works of Pellizza da Volpedo and
Transfer to Volpedo, one of the most beautiful villages of Italy and birthplace of the painter
Giuseppe Pellizza. It is possible to visit his home and study transformed into a museum. Many of the
works are set in the village, and this has led to the realisation of a 10-stage route
along which it is possible to
compare the environment with the reproductions of
the Maestro's paintings.
Lunch at leisure and end of services.
Rates / Supplements
Price per person from:
€ 360,00 (groups of 2 pax)
The price includes:
The rates include: 2 nights' accommodation on the outskirts of Novi Ligure in a wine estate and historic residence - tour of vineyards and winery with wine tasting - dinner in osteria based on farinata (chickpea pancake) - FD e-bike rental - picnic with organic and fair trade products (lunch in restaurant with additional charge of 25 euro per person) - Dinner in restaurant of the wine estate with local menu excluding wines - entries to Campionissimi Museum, Divisionism Museum and Pellizza Museum - health insurance.
The price does not include:
The price does not include: city tax, lunches not included, extra beverages and anything not listed under the price includes.
Lunch in restaurant on day 2 additional charge from 25 euro per person
FD cycle tour guide euro 180 (up to 4 people)
No, on request (with supplement)