A bike tour on the "Strada del Barolo" path

The Bassa Langa area and its famous vineyards, enjoying the local nature and centuries-old traditions

The Langhe, its hilly landscapes, its vineyards renowned the world over. A magical territory to experience by bicycle, immersed in the scents and flavours of a land of long rural tradition, intimate and romantic.

Along the “Strada del Barolo” and of the great wines of the Bassa Langa area, this path includes characteristic villages (Alba, Monforte, Barolo) that emerge amid vineyards and country lanes.

Itinerary description:
The ring route is 59 km long, with departure and return point in Alba.

From the town famous for its white truffles, take the SS29 southbound (Cortemilia) for 9 km, until the Manera roundabout; here go on in the direction of Benevello. The ridge road offers beautiful views of both the Bassa and the Alta Langa areas, passing through the territory of Lequio Berria.
Then proceed on SP 106 towards Tre Cunei, continuing towards Ceva and Pedaggera; here, on SP57, downhill, you reach the villages of Roddino and Monforte d'Alba.

Always going downhill you will reach Barolo, where you should turn right to go up to La Morra, a beautiful natural balcony on the large amphitheatre of the Langhe. From here, go back down to the borough of Gallo, passing through Santa Maria where you can take the easy SP3 road that leads straight to Alba.

Technical advice:
The route is not particularly demanding, except in the climbs to Benevello and Tre Cunei in the first part, and in the ascent to La Morra in the final stretch.

Points of interest

MONFORTE D'ALBA
MONFORTE D'ALBA

One of the 11 production areas of Barolo, the name of the town derives from the walls of the castle that encircled its summit (Mons Fortis) and the medieval village. Of Roman origin, Monforte boasts a rich history as it later became a Langobardic dominion and then a Carolingian fiefdom. Located in an elevated position, with the oldest part leaning against the slopes of the hill, it played a strategic role in the struggles between the local lords. In the picturesque historic centre, particularly noteworthy is the patrician residence of the Marquises Scarampi (the old castle), a Romanesque bell tower dating back to the 13th century, and the Church of Our Lady of the Snow (Madonna della Neve). Very impressive is also the natural amphitheatre inaugurated in 1986 by pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski; thanks to its perfect acoustics, it is the ideal location for theatre festivals, concerts, and film screenings.

SERRALUNGA D’ALBA - The Castle
SERRALUNGA D’ALBA - The Castle

Sleek and imposing, the castle of Serralunga d’Alba dominates one of the most beautiful and unspoiled villages of the Langhe, surrounded by hills full of vineyards. Considered one of the best preserved examples of 14th-century architecture in Piedmont when it comes to castles, it stands out in the surrounding landscape. Its vertical lines are dotted with mullioned windows and it features battlements and hanging arches, circular towers and friezes – a perfect example of European medieval house-fortress. Its construction dates back to the mid-14th century and the castle was one of the symbolic residences of the prestigious Falletti family for almost 600 years. The Hall of Vavasours (“Sala dei Valvassori”) is the main hall, characterized by a beautiful coffered ceiling and decorated with 15th-century frescoes of the votive chapel.

ALBA
ALBA

Alba is historically the most important centre of this part of Piedmont, surrounded by the renowned hills full of vineyards of the Langhe and of the Roero area. Rising for the most part on the right bank of the River Tanaro, on a vast flat basin, it is a town boasting its historical roots, with the medieval village enriched by the presence of wine shops and points of gastronomic interest. Religious and secular monuments embellish the historic centre which also features museums hosting collections of international importance. The heart of the city is Piazza Risorgimento, which is overlooked by the Palazzo Comunale and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Gothic in style and with characteristic red brick walls. Alba is also an international food and wine centre: indeed, it is the home of the white truffle and also boasts a great wine and confectionery market (it is home to the Ferrero brand).

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Technical data

City of departure: Alba

Departure: Alba

City of arrival: Alba

Arrival: Alba

Length (Km): 59

Difficulty:

Discipline: Racing bicycle

Type of Itinerary: Half Day

Difference in height (m): 977

Difference in downhill (m): 977

Highest point (m): 722

Lowest point (m): 171

Duration (h.): 5

Cities crossed

Alba (CN)
Barolo (CN)