On this short stage you leave the Mediterranean behind and head inland over the Alps before descending into the fertile basin centred on the bustling city of Turin. Starting (or ending) in glamorous Monte Carlo. Soon after crossing the Italian border, the route heads northwards and almost immediately starts to rise. Briefly re-entering France, EuroVelo 8 returns to Italy just after the highest point on the entire route - the Col de Tende, an alpine mountain pass. After reaching the top, there is only one way to go, down, through attractive alpine villages and into the basin of the River Po, arriving in Turin.