Via del Sale - Itinerary
Via del Sale: from Limone Piemonte to Ventimiglia in three days
A spectacular route that straddles the Franco-Italian Alps, a trip that makes you hover between the sky and the sea.
Duration 4 days / 3 nights
Tour Typology Guided
A spectacular route that straddles the Franco-Italian Alps and takes its name from the precious element, salt, that was once essential for the production of cheese and meat products, and for the preservation of meat, fish and olives. A trip that makes you hover between the sky and the sea. Wonderful stops that unravel between rugged mountains offering breathtaking views of the Ligurian Sea, amid the embraces of small villages where time stands still since the last century. A route that is accessible to all those who have a decent training and good command of the bike.
- Qualified Bicycle Tour Guide
- Shuttle service on route
- Reservation of step accommodation in B&B and local “agriturismo”
- Inns with half board
- Step by step luggage transport
- Mtb or e-mtb rental
- Extracurricular activities
Arrival in Limone Piemonte
Arrival in Limone Piemonte, where we will meet the guides and after a short technical briefing it's time to visit the town. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Limone Piemonte - Monesi di Triora
Distance: 40 km, D + 1800 meters (can be lowered to 1000 mt) Departure from Limone Piemonte, renowned southern Piedmont ski resort, to travel the Italo-French border ridge, riding for several kilometers at an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level, along a dirt track dotted with beautiful World War I fortresses. With a little luck we might even see some wolves that have recently repopulated the area. Through high mountain scenery and long descents we reach Monesi di Triora a small Ligurian ski resort. Time for a good cold beer to celebrate this magnificent first stage.
Monesi di Triora - Molini di Triora
Distance: 37 km, 1060 m D + Today we climb the ridges of the Ligurian Alps to reach the highest peak in Liguria, Monte Saccarello (2200 meters) from where we will enjoy a beautiful view. Then, back on the saddle we descend into an incredibly simple atmosphere where we find ancient Ligurian villages, some perched on the ridges, other suspended on solid strongholds, that exude the slow passage of time. But rest assured! Even today, with a 2000 meter drop, adrenaline will not amiss! From Triora, also known as the town of witches, we go down along an old and airy mule track we reach the hotel for dinner and our overnight stay.
Molini di Triora - Ventimiglia
Molini di Triora (with bike shuttle to the mountain lodge Rigufio Allavena) - Ventimiglia Distance: 48 km; D + 1100 Following the ridge of the Ligurian Mountains on gorgeous technical trails we ride immersed in a wild environment with views of the sea. After a few climbs that lead some green hills, today is definitely a descent day with over 2600 meters of drop over different terrains including gorgeous single tracks that will test your technical skills. The tour ends near Ventimiglia where you can return to Limone with the Roya Valley (or Valle delle Meraviglie - Valley of Wonders,) train* along a quaint railway line that represents - to this day - an incredible feat of engineering. * subject to service availability.