Piemonte Testimonials

Two people at the finishing line of La Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo

OUR SECOND TOUR WITH DAMIAN AND NANCY

Highlights were the rolling hills of Piemonte, the seriously good food and fabulous wine (our favourites- Arneis and Barolo)

This tour was beautifully planned with rides during the week giving us a taste of some steep gradients and building up our stamina for the finale –the Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo –a fantastic and fun event with 3000 or so other riders. It was inspiring to see so many women riding the Gran Fondo—the training before we left and riding in Italy for the week leading up to the event all came together nd meant I kept up with the men—no problem!

Clare (and Jim)

A man at the start of the La Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo

HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR RIDERS AND NON RIDERS

We highly recommend A’qto in general, and the Piemonte experience in particular, to riders and non-riders.

As a rider, I enjoyed the well planned week, allowing us to explore the full variety of the region while progressively building fitness for the Gran Fondo. Carol, as a non-rider, enjoyed her personalised program that never felt like an afterthought. My only complaint is still being jealous of her cheese making visit! And for both of us, having visited other parts of Italy, Le Langhe was a new gourmet experience we’d recommend to any dedicated foodie.

David D and Carol B

A man and woman at a wine tasting in Le Langhe

THERE IS NO WAY WE COULD HAVE DONE THIS ON OUR OWN

One of the things that stands out is that I was riding, hoping Lydia would be having a good enough time, while she was having a great time, feeling sorry for me missing out on the things she was doing. I think that speaks volumes for the programme that Nancy put together, and the way that both riders and non-riders were well catered for. There is no way we could have done this on our own.

Shaun E & Lydia

A man riding past a church in Piemonte

A THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE WEEK OF CYCLING, TOURING & EATING

Thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable week of cycling, touring, and eating. You guys did a brilliant job scouting out great places to stay, eat and riding routes that achieved everything anyone could dream of.

David M

A man and his bicycle in Monforte d Alba, Italy

A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE CLIENTS

  1. Train. You may think you’re in good shape, but there is no climb in Australia that will let you do 2000m of climbing like Colle Fauniera will. So train.
  2. Insure. You are spending a fair bit of cash on a great (GREAT) trip, so as soon as you’ve paid, make sure you’re insured in case you have to cancel.
  3. Get there early, especially if you’re taking your own bike. My bike went missing on the return journey. If that happened on the outwards trip, my trip would have been compromised.

Shaun E

A lady at a chocolate tasting in Piemonte

THANKYOU FOR A LIFE AFFIRMING EXPERIENCE

What an amazing time I had in Italy. As a non-riding partner I really didn’t know how my holiday was going to turn out. Even though you made contact with me a few weeks before the trip, it was impossible to really know. As it happened, my expectations were well and truly exceeded.

The accommodation was wonderful and the activities you arranged were just fantastic. I would never organise these things for myself and they just opened me up to different experiences.

The truffle hunt was the most memorable, the cooking class was just complete fun, the chocolate tasting was lovely, made even better with the young chocolatier telling us his life’s journey and the beautiful guide we had through Monforte and Alba was a delight. Our walk through the vineyards was also fun. Finding fruit trees along the way and encountering local workers happy for a chat was great.

Coming together with the riders every evening meant that we could share our stories. I think they were just a little jealous of us.
Nancy, you really made my non-riding experience a joy. People connect so much with you, your own Italian heritage and your wonderful personality.

Thanks again for a life-affirming experience.

Lydia JP

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