Cycle routes

GranTanaRando la ciclovia del fiume Tanaro

Alessandria (411,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

From the launch of the  "GranTanaRando," the first "randonnée" starts from the town of Alessandria, the cycleway along the Via del Tanaro goes far beyond the event for randonneurs and is a certainly a unique experience. Give it a go in stages – and definitely after a bit of training!

This route is 224 km there and 187 km back in the Alessandria area, if you want to ride along the trail of the first GranTanaRando cyclists.

It starts from Monferrato in the beautiful setting of town of Alessandria. Following the Tanaro, it passes through Asti’s famous Piazza del Palio. Leaving the Roero hills, you reach the Langa, passing Alba Cathedral, and once you reach Barolo, climb to Alta Langa towards Barolo, Dogliani, Belvedere and Murazzano, until descending to reach Ceva.

From there you enter Val Tanaro up to Ormea and then climb to the origins of the Great River until Upega. Once you get to this point, you can choose to return and retrace the route (27 hours was the maximum time allowed for the entire GranTanaRando). For everyone else, time doesn’t matter but make sure you organize accommodation and refreshments along the way. A 400 km plus bike ride is a unique experience that must be well planned.

The idea for this route comes from Peter Contegiacomo and was made possible thanks to the collaboration and advice of ADS SUSA BIKE who organized the first edition of GranTanaRando. It has become a route for real enthusiasts.

You can choose to try the route over several different days or in stages, but in a group is best, and be aware of the presence of cars along the roads. Pay particular attention to the SS321 between Alba and Asti and the exSS10 between Asti and Alessandria where the traffic is heavier.

Points of interest

These are the places of interest you will find on this route: Alessandria, Asti, Alba, Paroldo, Upega, Niella Tanaro and again Asti and Alessandria, in a possible round trip.

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure and arrival
cittadella
1512x Alessandria (AL)
Alessandria
Arrival
1512x Alessandria (AL)
Alessandria
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Accomodation and services

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AcdB Museo - Alessandria città delle Biciclette
Alessandria | Museum
AcdB Museo - Alessandria città delle Biciclette
Temporarily closed The museum Alessandria Città delle Biciclette (AcdB) is a tribute to the primary role which the city and the province of Alessandria played during the heroic age of cycling which embraces the early years of national unity and reaches as far as World War I. AcdB tells the story …
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B&B VALLARA
Alessandria | Bed & Breakfast
B&B VALLARA
B&B in an ancient castle of Monferrato. Go back in time to discover the traditions, tastes and aromas of the surrounding countryside. Relax and enjoy the magnificent grounds, with its vegetable garden and splendid view across the hills. Betta welcomes you to her home with the warmth and …
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BIKE POINT MONFERRATO
Alessandria | More
BIKE POINT MONFERRATO
Following the renovation work, the arcades of piazza Caduti will be re-opened and cycle tourists can use the equipment installed under the arches. This is the first “Bike Point Monferrato”, the first facility equipped with useful services for those who love to explore the hills by bike and …
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Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Paolo
Alessandria | Catholic Church
Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Paolo
The current facade dates from the 19th century, but the origin is medieval, as witnessed by the small Romanesque sculpture in the corner on the left, which, according to tradition, depicts Gagliaudo Aulari (in truth it is an Atlas). After the destruction of the old Cathedral by Napoleon, the …
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CITTADELLA
Alessandria | Castles, Fortresses
CITTADELLA
The Citadel of Alessandria was built as a result of the Treaty of the Alliance League, stipulated in 1703, during the War of the Spanish Succession, between the Emperor of Austria and Victor Amadeus II, Duke of Savoy: the provinces of Alessandria and Valenza and the lands situated between the …
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DA TUNON
Alessandria | Restaurants and taverns
DA TUNON
The country inn is run by the younger generation who carry it forward. Believable. Tunon is one of those restaurants that passes down through the generations without aging. This venue is set in the shadow of the castle, with its great hall that lends itself well to ceremonies and is a true …
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HOTEL LONDRA
Alessandria | Hotels and tourist residences
HOTEL LONDRA
The Hotel Londra is housed in a historical and impressive 19th century building. Its central position, close to the station, law courts, offices, theatre, university, major tourists attractions, historic buildings, sites of cultural and architectural importance and museums (Cittadella, Museo del …
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Il Chiostro Hostel and Hotel
Alessandria | Holidays Houses and Youth Hostels
Il Chiostro Hostel and Hotel
The Santa Maria di Castello hostel is a member of the Italian youth hostel association (AIG). It is situated in a sixteenth century cloister that encloses a beautiful lawn, in the oldest part of the city. The geographical location of Alessandria makes it an excellent base from which to discover …
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Ivan Reitano
Alessandria | Tour guides enabled for the province of Alessandria
Ivan Reitano
Cycle tour guide; Tourist guide; Environmental tour guide; tourist guide;Teacher for professional Mapper training centers
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Marengo Museum
Alessandria | Museum
Marengo Museum
Temporarily closed On 14th June 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte wins one of his most important battles in Marengo, remembered also at the Arc de Triomphe of Paris. The Museum is at the centre of the battlefield, close to the village of Marengo, in a Villa built in 1847 as a monument to the Emperor. The …
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Museo del Cappello Borsalino - in restauro
Alessandria | Museum
Museo del Cappello Borsalino - in restauro
Borsalino’s story goes back more than 150 years and the company is now one of the most prestigious hatmakers in the world and a synonym for Made in Italy, being the jewel in the crown of Alessandria’s spectrum of businesses. Situated in the Sala Campione of Palazzo Borsalino, the Museum is …
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Palatium Vetus
Alessandria | Museum
Palatium Vetus
Palatium Vetus, now home to Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Alessandria, is the first municipal building of the city of Alessandria and preserves important traces of medieval history. The Gae Aulenti architectural firm managed its restoration, enhancing the historic structure, allowing legibility …
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Percorsi del Museo Civico di Palazzo Cuttica
Alessandria | Museum
Percorsi del Museo Civico di Palazzo Cuttica
Temporarily closed The origin of the civic museum of Alessandria dates back to 1854 when a local solicitor, Antonio Maria Viecha, donated his collection of paintings, sketches and drawings by the painter Giovanni Migliara, to the people of Alessandria. In the rooms of the 18th century Palazzo …
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Sale d\'Arte Comunali di Alessandria
Alessandria | Museum
Sale d'Arte Comunali di Alessandria
Temporarily closed The art galleries present an exhibition of works that share their connection to the city of Alessandria, its territory, its people and the cultural and historic events that have left their mark. There are four sections: The first is titled “The Rooms of King Arthur and the …
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Moonfra
Asti | Rooms to let
Moonfra
Halfway between Langhe and Monferrato, in the small village of Antignano, stands Moonfrà, a typical farmhouse that has been lovingly restored: the large frescoed vaults, the stone clad steps, the terracotta floors and the period furnishings recreate a warm and elegant environment. There are six …
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