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5 Reasons to Bike In Emilia-Romagna

March 1, 2015

We may be partial to our own “home” region, but we thought we should share our favorite reasons for cycling in Emilia Romagna:

  1. The landscape is as diverse as the towns. Flat, rolling and hilly is all available. If you want to pedal some hills like the pros, join us in the Appenines and test out your endurance on the famous Nove Colli. Looking for some gentler rides, join us in the foothills and ride through vineyards and clay hills. Do you prefer flat paths, there are extensive networks of bike paths in and out of many of the cities in Emilia Romagna as well as beautiful levy roads along the Po River that are as flat as a pancake!
  2. The food. Known for its culinary history, this region is home to places like Parma, where Prosciutto and Parmesan come from as well as Balsamic Vinegar, the best gelato and hands down some of the best pasta traditions in Italy.
  3. The art cities of Emilia Romagna have something for everyone. Plazas with cafes and bars, small restaurants, fascinating cathedrals, castles and city halls as well as medieval walls. Most of these cities have roman origins and their history can be felt when you walk through the streets. From the lesser known towns of Cesena, Imola, and Faenza to the better known historic cities of Modena, Parma, Ferrara and Ravenna you have plenty to visit.
  4. Cycling is part of the culture here. With past champions as well as every person’s cousin, grandma and daughter on a bicycle, the people here are used to seeing cyclists on the roads and in towns.
  5. It is our home region – so delivery for your bike rental is much cheaper! If you are renting a bike from us then it is likely if you join us nearby we’ll deliver it for litt or nothing! Also, we have over 4 self-guided tours that travel through this region and that are specifically designed to hit all the highlights around.