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This e-bike 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 the rental point at the Rossorubino wine shop (via Madama Cristina 21); head towards the Parco del Valentino and then the Vallere, through a flat path, partly paved and free of traffic
Parco del Valentino e delle Vallere
In the Parco del Valentino you pass by 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 there is one of the headquarters of Smat (a company that supplies water from Turin), which uses the water of the Sangone river to bottle the water of astronauts in space missions around the world.
In the center of Moncalieri, you can especially appreciate the overall picture with the streets filled with shop windows 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, begun in 1200 and 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 (at the foot of the mountains).
Going back to Turin, Cappuccini's mount, the low hill and Lavazza
From here, you will take a wide and straight descent 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 outward journey with the possibility of staying on the cycle path away from traffic.
Once you get to 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 film Profondo Rosso.
The Capuccini has a beautiful view over the city of Turin, as well as the mountain museum and the church of the order of the Capuccinis.
The visit continues up the hill, passing in front of Villa della Regina up to the church of the Parish of Santa Margherita Vergine e Martire.
This church is located on a crossroads, from which you can go down to Turin going towards the end of Corso Sella; you will be enchanted by the gradual change of wooded environment to liberty style city environment.
Going beyond the river, it is advisable to move along the Colletta park in order to avoid traffic, passing in front of the modern Camps Einaudi and Sede della Lavazza (headquarters of offices, a museum, a restaurant and also of ancient ruins).
Porta Palazze e Porte Palatine
The return to the city center includes a passage through Porta Palazzo, the largest market in Europe. In this place you can find any food, of any quality, origin, price range.
Not far from Porta Palazzo you can also find the Balun, the most famous second-hand market and various junk items in Turin.
Finally, exactly as it was done over the past centuries, you return to the historic center of Turin passing through the ancient Palatine gates, those that were once among the 4 main gates of the city.
Turin Savoy's city center
After passing the Palatine gates, the tour continues to Piazza Palazzo di Città, seat of the Turin Town Hall, and then continues on via Garibaldi, where you will probably find many people walking around (in Turin, notoriously, the "vasche" are made in via Garibaldi).
At the end of the street you arrive in Piazza Castello where 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 railing 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 Palazzo Reale, seat of the Royal armory. A padlock in the center of this passage according to some legends identifies a gates for paradise and according to other legends it is one of the vertices of the white magic triangle Prague, Lyon, Turin.
After that we recommend a passage in Piazza Carignano, seat of the homonymous building, where the first Italian parliament was located. This small square is the best synthesis of the elegance of the Piedmontese Baroque.
proceed by taking 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's 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.