Bicycle Romagna, the Heartland of Italy's Homemade Pasta
Classic Self-Guided - Ravenna to Bologna
This tour allows you to explore the famous ceramics town of Faenza, medieval villages such as Brisighella and Dozza and the planned renaissance village of Terra del Sole, built by the Medici family to protect the northern flank of Tuscany in 1564. Start in Ravenna once the capital of the Western Roman Empire and cycle through Romagna region all the way to Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy. Easy, flat rides and more serious hill rides make for a cycling paradise through the heartland of homemade pasta, so don't wait until you arrive to Bologna to delight your culinary taste buds with freshly made "tagliatelle", "lasagna", "ravioli" and more, all washed down with local Sangiovese wine.
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Arrive in Ravenna, Fit bicycles
Highlights: Byzantine mosaics, 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Arrive in Ravenna today, once the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Your centrally located hotel allows you to walk to Dante's Tomb and the UNESCO World Heritage mosaics of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia this afternoon. Don't miss these early Byzantine churches with their colorful mosaics that draw travelers from around the world.
Bicycle to Faenza
Highlights: Faenza International Ceramics Museum and Renaissance Town Square
Exiting Ravenna you have the choice to visit another very important Byzantine masterpiece: Sant'Apollinare in Classe. Cross the plains through fruit plantations and arrive to Faenza. Your hotel is a restored convent near the central square of this regional market center and famous ceramics town. Enjoy the bustle in the market square and the main "piazza" which is always full of bicycle riders of all ages. Faenza is world-renowned for its hand decorated ceramics; we recommend a visit to the International Ceramics Museum as well as several of the local artists' studios specialized in this colorful pottery.
Daily mileage: 56 km (35 miles).
Bicycle Faenza to Brisighella and on to Riolo Terme
Highlights: Medieval Brisighella; Via degli Asini
Enjoy a quiet ride through vineyards and kiwi orchards on your way to the enchanting Medieval town of Brisighella. You should certainly plan to explore the historic town center and to see the unique Via degli Asini, one of the best preserved medieval artisan streets anywhere in Italy. The homemade pasta in Brisighella is worth a lunch stop (and the gelato is not bad, either)! Your ride continues on to your Agriturismo, a country house hotel with a working farm just outside Riolo Terme. Dinner is included at the Agriturismo tonight.
Daily Mileage: 26-61 km (16-38 miles)
Accommodation: Agriturismo Rio Manzolo, or similar.
Riolo Terme day - loop rides, spa treatments, and more!
Highlights: Riolo Terme and the Romagna countryside; Challenging ridge ride to the feet of the Apennines, or easier ride to Castel Bolognese
The Riolo Terme area offers options for the avid cyclist and for the more relaxed rider alike. The town itself is a lovely small spa center, so you can always enjoy a plethora of thermal water spa treatments, play a round of golf, get a massage, participate in a fun pasta making demonstration and class at the Agriturismo - or just take it easy. We'll recommend a long ride into the hills for those wanting to put some hill rides on their legs, or an easy ride to Castel Bolognese for those who want just a little exercise - both rides in a lovely setting of low hills, vineyards, farms and olive groves all around, with the Apennines in view. Dinner is included at the agriturismo tonight.
Daily Mileage - short option: 30 km (19 miles) with 377 m (1236 ft) elevation gain
Daily Mileage - long option: 61 km (38 miles) with 1178 m (3865 ft) elevation gain
Accommodation: Agriturismo Rio Manzolo, or similar.
Cycling Riolo Terme to Dozza
Highlights: Wine village of Dozza; beautiful views across the Po Valley; wall murals in Dozza
Your ride today takes you through more vineyards and rich orchards to the Medieval hill town of Dozza, famous for its wall murals. The castle in Dozza houses the Emilia-Romagna Regional Enoteca or wine museum. Regional specialties include the red Sangiovese (father grape of Chianti) which is gaining more and more worldwide recognition as an important wine in and of itself, the light and fizzy Lambrusco from the hills of Modena and Bologna (excellent accompaniment to the regional cold cuts like prosciutto and salame), or the sweet Albana di Romagna. Plan to arrive mid-afternoon so you can tour the castle and taste a little wine!
Daily Distance: 28-42 km (17-26 miles)
Lodging: Albergo Ristorante Canè
Bicycle from Dozza to Bologna
Highlights: Bologna - Italy's culinary capital
We'll leave the hills of Dozza to ride to Bologna today, Emilia Romagna's administrative capital, and, arguably, its culinary capital too. Home to the oldest continually operating university in the world, Bologna has a long tradition of studies, arts, and gastronomy. Speaking of gastronomy, Bologna gave birth to the mortadella, vulgarly distorted abroad as "bologna," although the fresh, artisanal mortadella has nothing to do with processed ham! Make sure you put this culinary delight on your 'must try' list!
Daily Mileage: 45-70 km (28-44 miles)
Tour ends in Bologna
Highlights: Tour End
Your bicycle ride in Emilia Romagna ends this morning in Bologna. If you have the time you might consider an extra night or two in Bologna to enjoy the rich cultural history here . Alternatively, train connections are convenient to Rome, Venice or Milan. Thanks for joining us and buon viaggio!
PLEASE NOTE : The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.
|Includes||Includes 6 nights in 3- and 4-star lodgings; all breakfasts; 2 dinners; bike fitting and briefing in English by our professional staff at tour start; GPS device with pre-loaded navigation routes (one for every two cyclists); access to smartphone app with tracks and digital "roadbook"; printed roadbook with detailed daily information, maps and more; luggage transfers.
Not Included Travel to and from the tour start and end; bicycle rental (see Prices tab); entrance to museums or other activities not indicated as included; city hotel tax (2 to 5 euro per night per person, to be paid locally by traveler); Any meals or beverages not indicated as included.
Solo Traveler and Private Group departures available - please inquire.
Lodging Upgrade: Room upgrades are possible in some hotels - please inquire for prices and availability
Extra nights: Please inquire about adding nights along the itinerary or before/after the tour. Rates for extra nights as follows
In Ravenna: - Palazzo Galletti Abbiosi (4-star equivalent, central location) - prices per person: €75 in shared double room; €125 in double room for single use. - Hotel Centrale Byron (3-star central location) - prices per person: €55 in shared double room; €80 in single room
Hotel Touring (4-star central location) - rates per person: €85 in shared double classic room, €100 in shared double gold room; €145 in classic double room for single use, €145 in gold double room for single use
Hotel Regina (3-star central location) - rates per person: €60 in shared double room, €105 in double room for single use.
Hotel Guercino (charming B&B outside city center) - rates per person: €44 in shared double room, €80 in double room for single use
Extra meals & activities:
Dinners, tastings and guided visits packages available - 2021 descriptions and packages coming soon!
PLEASE NOTE: The final itinerary, including hotels and/or activities described here, are subject to changes according to availability. City hotel taxes are not included.
|Arrive/Depart||Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ)|
|Total Distance||181 - 261 km (112 - 162) more by choice|
|Daily Distance||0 - 62 km (0 - 39 miles) No mileage on rest days by choice|
|Notes||Tour code: itbs1463
Navigation and roadbook:
On our CLASSIC self-guided tours, detailed daily information and route navigation are provided through a GPS device (one included for every two cyclists), a smartphone application, as well as a printed roadbook with thorough daily descriptions and maps. Our app allows you to download the information into your smartphone, where you can the daily routes even in offline mode. Hotel itinerary, daily ride descriptions, cultural information, visit suggestions, elevation profiles, and emergency numbers are all stored in one organized place. Downloading maps and routes also allows you to navigate in offline mode. If you prefer, you can download the routes into your GPS device and print the detailed route notes before leaving home and use them on tour, or rely on the detailed roadbook that we will print for you and delivery before the tour start
For more information on the smartphone app, visit RideWithGPS Experiences.
Luggage transfers are included in your package.
The luggage is normally collected from 09.00 at the reception of the hotel and is delivered at the following hotel by 15.30. Every piece of luggage must be marked with a visible luggage tag. Please make sure yours have correct tags. If your luggage is not ready by the time the driver comes to collect it, you may have to pay a local taxi for the service.
Please consider that the luggage is not insured during the transport. You need to have your own insurance. Do not leave valuables or fragile items in your luggage.
Normally, the luggage transport service cannot be used by participants to skip the cycling stage. In case you need help to skip the cycling stage, please contact our emergency number and we will arrange it for you.
|Terms||Terms & Conditions|
|Dates|| Available March 1 to October 31, 2021
Starts every Saturday *
* Other weekly start days may be available - please inquire.
Per person price based on double occupancy with 2 participants per departure minimum; Single rooms and Solo Traveler departures available - see supplemental fees on the right.
Group Discounts for 6 or more participants booking together on the same departure! Please inquire for details through our contact form below.
If you are looking for a shorter cycling tour, our 5-day Discover Emilia-Romagna Casual tour still offers great cycling and all the highlights; or inquire about making this same Classic package shorter.
If you want more exploration of this fabulous region, you can create a Grand Tour of Emilia-Romagna joining this package with our Taste of Italy tour , also experiencing the wonderful land between Bologna and Parma!
Bike Rental options:
We offer quality bikes in different styles, all great options for this bike tour. Our bikes are maintained and delivered in optimal working condition.
The prices below are per bike for the duration of the tour, including delivery to starting point in Ravenna and collection from ending point in Bologna.
Bike rental rates
Aluminum hybrid: €105
Premium Titanium road or hybrid: €140
E-bike (hybrid with straight handlebar): €210
Tandem: €245 (priced per bike, for 2 cyclists)
Tag-along or kid trailer: €70
For detailed specs and photos of our bikes, see our website - Bike Rentals Italy.
High-Season notes (May, September and early October):
Hotels: may be subject to availability, and a hotel supplemental fee may be applied.
Bike Availability: our premium (titanium-frame) bikes are also subject to availability.
|Prices||€950 per person
||Single Supplement||€200 fee for private, double room
€430 solo traveler fee (only one person on departure)
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The entire trip was first class from the bikes and their fitting to the GPS and maps with explanations with things to do and see in the area. The route was gorgeous. Rode through orchards and vineyards on roads hardly used by cars....and if there was a vehicle we were given priority as they went far around us. There were some good hills which were rewarded with magnificent views and a hearty appetite. A highlight was the two nights spent at the agricultural farm stay. When riding into Bologna we were on bike paths through the busy areas. Never worried about traffic.
excellent route notes. very clear and accurate. "What was your favorite experience on this trip?" The quiet roads, the respectful Italian drivers giving us LOTS of room as they passed us, the scenery....the ridge rides with views after the long climbs....Our favourite stay was the farm...Roberto and his wife were so welcoming and friendly with amazing food and a super pasta making lesson. We very much enjoyed our week with you. It was the highlight of our 3 weeks in Italy and we were in some amazing places in your lovely country. Will look forward to exploring another part of Italy with you on another self guided holiday.
Route notes provided were clear and accurate. Evening restaurant suggestions that I tried were great too. Staff at Albergo Ristorante Cane were outstanding. My favorite experience on this trip? There were many - great and varied days riding a very good bicycle. Ravenna and Dozza hotel and dining experiences. Look forward to touring with you again!
We had a wonderful experience. Kris and I both said this was one of the best vacations we have ever taken.
The route notes provided were by far and away the best I've ever seen. Hard to see how to make them better. Most hotels were well located and quite nice. The Golf was a bit spare but I think the only available choice in town. And, the staff was very nice so....Sara's bike set up was as good as it gets and the bikes very comfortable and better equipped than I expected. A wonderful tour by a wonderful company (in a wonderful country). Delightful people to work with.
Brisighella was amazing. The lunch place at the square is highly recommended! Thank you very much for a very well organized and enjoyable experience.
U. Arab Emirates
The hotel owners were all very pleasant and helpful. We are quite grateful to them. We are especially grateful for the carefully laid out route that you chose. The routes were chosen very well, from a cyclist''s point of view. They included different terrain (hills, flat), spectacular views, many points of interest. The routes were complicated, and there''s no way we could have come up with that on our own. They were clearly chosen by experienced cyclists who knew the countryside intimately. We had a great time! Thank you!
Our adventure through Italy was better than we had ever dreamed. Each hotel was lovely, each route thoughtfully mapped, and the support behind it all was perfect. I wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip--it was better than we had ever imagined! Thank you so much for all the wonderful plans! The hotels were great and comfortable, the routes and directions were perfect, and each day just got better and better! Thanks for picking us up, and for planning the most adventurous vacation we''ve ever taken! It will be an experience we never forget.
Thanks very much for putting this tour together for us and welcoming us to The Farm, it was brilliant to see your operation. We will not hesitate to recommend you when we share our stories of Emilia-Romagna
I loved the hills, to be honest. And the chance to ride the lovely bike at a fast pace on the flat. The lunch served in the bar in a small town - thrown together by a very friendly chef. A few townspeople (men, always men) showed up with a booklet about the history of their town and took our picture. I know I''m supposed to tell you about my one favorite but can I just add a thank you for the AMAZING visit to your farm. The bike staff were so attentive and helpful and focused on giving us a good ride.
Had a wonderful experience and a great time! Thank you for everything.
Sarah & Richard R.
What was the best moment of the tour? Looking down on my family as they descend happily after a hilly climb and then joining in with the wind in my hair and the sunshine on my back. Thank you for an extremely laid-back, yet exciting week.
W. Cape, RSA