You can find this route on the BikeSquare app with code E01
This ebike tour between Turin and Moncalieri allows you to enjoy, with calm and tranquility, the pleasantness of the landscapes, nature and history of the two neighboring cities. It is a route that starts and ends in Turin passing through the Valentino and Vallere Park, along the Po river and then passes through the historic centers of Moncalieri and Turin.
It starts from Via Madama Cristina 21, BikeSquare Torino's electric bike rental point; head towards Parco del Valentino and then the Vallere, along a flat path, partly paved and free of traffic, up to Moncalieri. From here, after a short stretch, you enter the characteristic pedestrian historic center of Moncalieri.
Valentino and Vallere's Park
In the Parco del Valentino you pass trhough the rear of the Valentino castle, headquarter of the faculty of architecture, and then you can pass inside the nineteenth-century "Borgo Medievale", a remnant of the universal expo of 1882 together with the nearby Fountain of the 12 months.
Also inside the Vallere park you cna find one of the main plants of Smat (a company that supplies water from Turin), which uses the water of the Sangone river to bottle the water for astronauts space missions around the world.
In the center of Moncalieri you can appreciate the whole context of elegance with the streets full of shop windows, restaurants and signs of ancient times.
It is very pleasant to stop in the town hall square (piazza Vittorio Emanuele II) to taste local delicacies and visit the church of Santa Maria della Scala.
In a short time from the square you can reach the castle of Moncalieri, which construction begun in 1200 and has been remodeled until 1700, which dominates the town.
From the square surrounding the castle you can enjoy a wide and pleasant view of Turin and the mountains that frame it, giving the name to our Piedmont region (which means "at the feet of the mountains").
Going back towards Torino, Cappuccini's Mount and la Gran Madre di Dio
From here, take a wide and straight downhill road that takes you back to the banks of the Po river and then to Turin, again along the Po river, but on the opposite bank from the previous journey with the possibility of staying on the cycle path away from traffic.
Once you reach the Monumental bridge, you return to the city streets by going up the short and pleasant corso Fiume and reaching the Monte dei Cappuccini after passing in front of Villa Scott, theater of the horror movie Profondo Rosso.
The Capuccini have a beautiful view over the city of Turin, as well as the mountain museum and the church of the order of the Capuchins.
Going down the hill from Via Villa della Regina you arrive at the historic Gran Madre di Dio church, built on the occasion of the return of the sovereigns after the Napoleonic interlude, from the monumental staircase that is the background to countless wedding photos.
The monuments of the Sabaudo - Torino city center
The tour continues, leaving the hill behind, entering the center through the famous Piazza Vittorio Veneto (the largest of its kind) with uniform architectures that continue along the entire Via Po until reaching Piazza Castello (note the uninterrupted right portico along the entire the street because it was reserved for the promenade of kings and nobles).
In the center of Piazza Castello you can admire the medieval castle embellished with the eighteenth-century facade of the Juvarra, the modern Teatro Regio (opera house) and the church of San Lorenzo. A gate with the opening guarded by the bronze statues of the mythological Castor and Pollux on horseback (Pollux distinguishable by the star on the forehead that certifies his divine nature) separates Piazza Castello from the courtyard of the Royal Palace, where it is located the Royal Armory. According to some legends, the padlock in the center of this passage identifies one of the gates of paradise and according to others is one of the vertices of the white magic triangle Prague, Lyon, Turin.
From a further covered passage at the bottom left, looking at the facade of the Royal Palace, you can enter Piazza San Giovanni where you can find the Cathedral with its white Renaissance facade and which for some centuries has kept the Holy Shroud on display periodically. From the square you can also see the remains of the Porta Palatine of Roman origin.
Returning to Piazza Castello, take the first section of Via Roma (pedestrian) which leads to the elegant Piazza San Carlo built around the equestrian statue of Emanuele Filiberto. The gem of the square lies in the pavement of the arcades on the right (according to the direction of travel) where you can look for the bronze profile of the Turet (small bull), symbol of the city; it is said that if you make a wish with your foot on the bull's balls it will come true.
Passing between two Baroque churches you enter the next CNL square with the male and female statues representing respectively the Po and the Dora, the main rivers of Turin. Continue along Via Roma in the direction of the monumental facade of the Porta Nuova station reaching the Sambuy gardens. From here, take the Via Nizza cycle path to Corso Marconi where the building that was the headquarters of FIAT is located (on the right in white tuff) and return to Via Madama Cristina reaching the rental point after a few blocks.
Departure from Torino, Moncalieri