Colle dell’Agnello 4 Days



This is a self-guided adventure which offers greater flexibility to travelers who want freedom when it comes to travel schedules and trip itineraries.


The Colle dell’Agnello is a mountain pass in the Cottian Alps, west of Monte Viso between France and Italy which links the Queyras valley (Hautes-Alpes) with Pontechianale in the province of Cuneo, Piedmont.
At 2,744 m. it is the third highest paved road pass of the Alps, after Stelvio Pass and Col de l’Iseran.
Despite being the highest international pass of the Alps, the Colle dell’Agnello is somewhat unknown and not heavily used.
The ride is one of the most challenging, longest and most beautiful climbs in Europe.
The Colle dell’Agnello was crossed twice by the Tour de France and twice by the Giro d’Italia.
A must for all lovers of the challenges at high altitudes, the Colle dell’Agnello has been Cima Coppi and Queen Stage of the Giro d’Italia.
The summit of this climb is at the Italian/French border.
Reaching the summit of the Colle dell’Agnello will offer spectacular views across the Alps and will be worth the effort of the climb and make this excursion a memorable event.


Start location
Piasco
End location
Piasco
Duration
4 days - 3 nights

Trip itinerary

DAY 1

Benvenuti in Valle Varaita!

Our staff will be at the hotel to welcome you with all the necessary information and tools to make you week-end memorable/enjoyabale.
After checking-in you will head out for a warm-up ride through the area.
Costigliole Saluzzo – Piasco – Villafalletto – Busca – Rossana – Costigliole Saluzzo.

Dinner in hotel or in a local restaurant of your choice.

Distance
25,6 Km
Elevation
262 m
Difficulty
easy
 
DAY 2

Costigliole Saluzzo
 - Colle Dell’Agnello

Today you have the opportunity to test yourself on one of the most amazing climb the Colle dell’Agnello, last year’s Queen Stage and Cima Coppi of the Giro d’Italia.
Reaching the summit with spectacular views across the Alps will be well worth the effort of the climb and will make this excursion a memorable event.

Distance
57,55 Km (a/r x2)
Elevation
2456 m
Difficulty
hard
 
DAY 3

Officine Mattio Day

Today you will explore the Val Varaita with its extraordinary landscapes of alpine lakes, green pastures and steep meadows. Known as the “emerald” valley for the various shades of green of its vegetation and the vast forests of pine and larch.
You will ride the 3 climbs that give the name to our OM bikes! In the afternoon you will have some time to visit Saluzzo.
Dinner in hotel or in a local restaurant of your choice.

Distance
71.2 Km
Elevation
1412 m
Difficulty
medium
 
DAY 4

Flavors of Val Varaita

Today we will explore the Val Varaita with its extraordinary landscapes of alpine lakes, green pastures and steep meadows. Known as the “emerald” valley for the various shades of green of its vegetation and the vast forests of pine and larch.
On your bike ride return let us suggest you a couple stops which should not be missed!

Piasco-Venasca-Brossasco-Melle-Frassino-Borgata Chiaronto-Frassino-Melle-Brossasco-Venasca-Piasco

Distance
46.3 Km
Elevation
959 m
Difficulty
medium
 
DAY 5

Flavors of Val Varaita

Azienda Agricola Roggero – Via Provinciale Melle
Family run business well known for the production of Tumin del Mel
Round soft-paste cheese made from cow’s milk and with a bloomy rind.
Valverbe – Via Borgata Prato 9 – Melle
Alpine herbs offer a rainbow of colors and perfumes and grow spontaneously in inaccessible places and are rich o beneficial properties. In alpine valleys around Mon Viso, Valverbe grows, dries and packages directly its own herbal teas. Fresh organic plants, without GMO, are packaged in double- wrapped tea bags with an organic cotton thread and without staples: a philosophy of life to offer you a sip of health.
The Antagonists Gypsy Brewers – Via Tre Martiri 12 – Melle
Produce four beers: the Bulan yellow and bright , a Belgian yeast aroma and taste of citrus and spices. The Armaros amber bear with a well balanced malt sweetness and hop aroma. The 21 clearly fresh and the Anastro a Scotch Ale style characterized by English nobles malts and the aroma of ripe fruit.
Make sure not to miss next door their delicious ice cream!
Trattoria Il Commercio – Vicolo Maria Adelaide 1 – Venasca
Stop here to flavor their handmade gnocchi. A typical recipe for potatoes dumplings made with potatoes and toma, a fresh cheese made from cow’s milk, served with melted butter.

Distance
46.3 Km
Elevation
959 m
Difficulty
medium
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What's Included

Included

  • Welcome
  • Bike set-up and delivery
  • Garmin with tour map
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners

Not included

  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
  • Bike rental
  • Photographer
  • Service of our expert guides
  • Support vehicle