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Self-Guided Bicycle Tours — Italy

Discover the Adriatic Riviera's hidden beauty

Explore the Adriatic Riviera and its inland valleys, hamlets and castles. This is a fixed base cycling holiday, with a loop ride for each day to bring you back to your seafront hotel with pool and dinner included

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Cesenatico, on the Adriatic Riviera

    Highlights: Fisherman village, Marco Pantani birth place, eat your first piadina!

    We will meet you at your hotel in Cesenatico today (or will pick you up from Bologna airport if you request this service) for the bike fitting and briefing. Take some time to explore this fisherman village and test your bike: - The Leonardo's Canal: designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, where you can see the open air floating maritime museum with fishing and sailing boats. - The Conserve square: cone shaped ice wells used between the 16th-20th century to preserve fish - Pantani museum

  • Day 2

    Loop ride through Sogliano, Sant'Arcangelo

    Highlights: Cheese maker and tastings, visit sandstone caves

    Today you will cycle to the town of Sogliano where you have the option to visit an artisanal cheese maker shop and taste some Fossa cheese. Towards the end of the loop you will stop in Santarcangelo di Romagna where you can visit its underground city. This town is famous for its caves made of sandstone and clay,probably used in the past to preserve wine and food. Daily mileage: 67km (42 miles)

  • Day 3

    Cycle to Ravenna

    Highlights: Byzantine mosaics, 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

    You will cycle today to what was the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Plenty of sites to visit: Dante's Tomb, the UNESCO World Heritage mosaics of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. Don't miss these early Byzantine churches with their colorful mosaics that draw travelers from all around the world. After such a deepening cultural and aesthetic experience you might want to take a train back to your hotel for dinner. Daily mileage: 61km (38 miles)

  • Day 4

    Cycle to Bertinoro and Cesena

    Highlights: Malatestiana Library and Medieval wine town

    Today you will cycle to a lovely mediaeval town on top of a hill, where we suggest to have lunch at a typical local tavern with a great view. Bertinoro is well known for its wine so don't forget to sip some. After lunch you will cycle to the vibrant city of Cesena where you should not miss a visit to the UNESCO Malatestiana library, which was the first European public library, opened more than 550 years ago. Explore the city hidden squares and alleys or climb up to the fortress. Daily mileage: 70km (44 miles)

  • Day 5

    Cycle to Medieval and Roman hamlets

    Highlights: Canvas printing shop, castles, hamlets, great views

    We recommend a visit to a traditional craft canvas shop today. Then keep cycling to the castle of Monteleone, visited by the English poet Lord Byron. You will find a sequence of hamlets of this valley called Rubicone. This river is famous in Roman history as by crossing it Julius Caesar desobeyed Pompey, this led to the demise of the Roman Republic and to the rise of the Roman Empire. Daily mileage: 55km (34 miles)

  • Day 6

    Cycle to Verucchio and Rimini

    Highlights: Rimini, hometown of the film director Federico Fellini and the hilltop town of Verucchio

    Today you can decide if cycling to Rimini along the coast or take the train there, from where you will start your ride to reach Verucchio, a town perched on a rock, hometown of the Malatesta family which was one of the ruling noble family of Romagna. Take some time today to spend wandering around the many art attractions of Rimini: Arch of Augustus, Tiberius Bridge, Malatesta Temple. Daily mileage: 50-67km (30-42 miles)

  • Day 7

    Tour ends

    Highlights: Arrivederci!

    Your bicycle tour in this yet undiscovered part of Italy ends this morning. If you have time you might consider spending a night or two in Bologna to enjoy its rich cultural history. Alternatively, train connections are convenient to Rome, Venice or Milan. Thanks for joining us and buon viaggio!

Includes 6 nights lodging in 4 star charm hotel on the seaside; all breakfasts; 5 dinners at the hotel; use of a high quality titanium racing or hybrid bicycle; use of GPS with preloaded tracks; briefing by our staff; cultural information and map
Countries Italy
Begin/End Cesenatico/Cesenatico
Arrive/Depart Bologna/Bologna
Total Distance 300km (190miles)
Daily Distance 50-80km (30-50 miles)
Rating 201 to 301
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Dates Prices Single Supplement
Dates Can begin all days between April and October - July and August hotel supplement: ?120 p.p. - Electric bikes available for an extra charge. Prices €1050 Single Supplement €90
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