Piedmont Gravel Bike Tour: Day 4
“Gardetta and Faunera Pass” the legendary Marco Pantani climbs
Gardetta and Fauniera are the climbs that recall the fantastic achievements of Marco Pantani at the 1999 Giro d’Italia. Two rugged climbs in a solitary environment of high, almost lunar mountain, the true essence of the Occitan Alps.
We will climb on asphalt to the well-deserved lunch at the refuge, then we will continue with a long overpass of the unpaved plateau above 7000-8000 feet. Last climb takes us up to the Fauniera Pass (Colle dei Morti) where we will find the monument to Marco Pantani, in front of which, true cycling enthusiasts will experience a thrill.
The Dinner is at Reis a small trattoria, in a small village, in a small valley (Varaita valley), a real gem of “Occitan” cuisine (@SLOW FOOD awarded).
Juri (owner and chef of Reis) has chosen to work in the mountains, he will introduce us to a unique gastronomic experience, linked to the products and traditions of his mountain, something very profound and difficult to replicate. After only three years of work, this small trattoria has become the refuge of many Italian and French gourmets.
Signature dishes: Mustardela, risotto with wild garlic pesto, mustardela and honey vinegar – Diaframma, lamb steak skirt with pea cream,