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Discover Romagna, the Land of La Dolce Vita

Casual self-guided - Ravenna to Dozza

A new take on our classic tour of charming Romagna. Still being discovered by foreigners, this is the heart of Italy's homemade pasta and one of the most bicycle-friendly regions in Italy. You will explore the famous ceramics town of Faenza, enchanting hilltop villages like Bertinoro (famous for its wineries and cuisine), Brisighella (officially among The Most Beautiful Hamlets in Italy), and renaissance Terra del Sole (built by the Tuscan Medici family in 1564 as an "ideal city"). Start in marvelous Ravenna, once the capital of the Western Roman Empire and now a UNESCO world-heritage art city, cycling all the way to postcard Dozza, known for its murals and lively colors. Easy flat rides, or many options for more serious hill rides make for a cycling paradise. After pedaling, delight your culinary taste buds with freshly made tagliatelle, lasagne, ravioli and more, all washed down with local Sangiovese wine.


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  • Day 1

    Marvelous Ravenna - welcome to the Romagna region

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Centrale Byron, or similar.

  • Day 2

    Ravenna to Bertinoro

    Highlights: Forlimpopoli, hilltop wine town of Bertinoro

    As you head out of Ravenna, you may choose to visit another Byzantine masterpiece: Sant'Apollinare in Classe. Cycle across the plains through fruit plantations and arrive at Forlimpopoli, hometown of Pellegrino Artusi, famed worldwide for being the first to document Italian "home cooking". In 1891 he authored the most famous cookbook in Italy: The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well, translated then in many languages. Artusi is still hailed as the father of Italian cooking (although the Institute that commemorates him rightly credits his cook, Marietta, as the actual creator of the recipes). Arrive at the foothills and after a short climb reach Bertinoro, the hilltop wine town famous for its hospitality and its white wine "Albana di Romagna" (and marvelous views of the nearby Adriatic and green plains below). Daily distance: 49 km (30 miles) Elevation gain: +304 m (997 ft) Accommodation: Hotel Panorama, or similar.

  • Day 3

    Bertinoro to Faenza

    Highlights: Terra del Sole, Faenza International Ceramics Museum and Renaissance Town Square

    Enjoy the views from the lower hills today as you ride to Terra del Sole, a border town built by the Tuscan Medici family in 1564 to protect the northern frontier of Tuscany (this region still lies close to the Tuscan border today), and designed with the new Renaissance concept for the "Perfect City". If the Palazzo Pretorio is open, take a peek inside for one of the few double-helix staircases in the world, designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Stop at Castrocaro and at its gelato shops (or take a detour into the historic center, below the amazing hilltop castle), before continuing to Faenza, a regional market center and important 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'll point you to a local artisan's studio to see how the ceramics is decorated in the Majolica style (a visit of the International Ceramics Museum is also highly recommended).

    Daily distance: 58 km (36 miles)
    Elevation gain: +625 m (2050 ft)

    Accommodation: Hotel Vittoria, or similar.

  • Day 4

    Faenza to Riolo Terme

    Highlights: Medieval Brisighella and the Via degli Asini ; Agriturismo night

    Enjoy a quiet ride through vineyards and kiwi orchards on your way to the enchanting Medieval town of Brisighella (officialy in the list of The Most Beautiful Hamlets in Italy). 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. You can also climb to the clocktower or the castle that perches above the town. Enjoy some homemade pasta or the regional flatbread sandwich (the famous piadina) , and try the Zabaione gelato here too! Continue through lowhills, vineyards and olive groves to your charming Agriturismo, a country house that serves as a small hotel with a working farm, where the friendly owners will welcome you.

    Daily distance - short option: 26 km (16 miles) with 371 m (1217 ft) elevation gain
    Daily distance - long option: 61 km (38 miles) with 1066 m (3497 ft) elevation gain

    Accommodation: Agriturismo Rio Manzolo , or similar.

  • Day 5

    Riolo Terme loop ride

    Highlights: Riolo Terme and the Romagna countryside; Challenging ridge ride to the feet of the Apennines, or easier ride to Castel Bolognese

    Today offers options for the avid cyclist and for the more relaxed rider alike. Riolo Terme is a spa town 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 - 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 and 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.

    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.

  • Day 6

    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 lovely scenery of 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 (a wine museum and tasting cellar). Regional specialties include the red Sangiovese (father grape of Chianti) which is gaining worldwide recognition lately 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 - short option: 28 (17 miles) with 507 m (1663 feet) elevation gain
    Daily distance - long option: 42 km (17-26 miles) with 730 m (2395 feet) elevation gain

    Accommodation: : Albergo Ristorante Cane’ , or similar.

  • Day 7

    Tour ends in Dozza

    Highlights: Early morning in this charming hamlet

    Your bicycle through through Romagna ends this morning after breakfast in Dozza. The regional capital of Bologna is nearby and can easily be reached by bus, train or private shuttle (we will provide detailed info to travel there on your own, or can help you make arrangements for a private transfer)

    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 2-,3- and 4-star hotels and B&Bs of similar quality; all breakfasts; access to smartphone app with preloaded tracks and digital "roadbook"; luggage transfers; transfer from Dozza hotel to Imola train station on day out.

Half-board option: €215 per person

Not Included: Travel to and from the tour start and end; bicycle rental (see Prices tab); GPS device; entrance to museums or other activities; city hotel tax (€2 to 5 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

In Bologna:
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.
Countries Italy
Begin/End Ravenna / Dozza
Arrive/Depart How to get there and away:
Fly in and out of Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ)

Starting point: Hotel Centrale Byron - Via IV Novembre, 14 - Ravenna
- The airport closest to the tour start is Bologna’s Marconi Airport.
- Take a shuttle bus to Bologna train station, then a train to Ravenna.
- Private transfers also available, see below.

Ending point: Albergo Ristorante Canè Via XX Settembre, 27 - Dozza
- You can fly out from Bologna Marconi Airport; get there from nearby Dozza by train (see instructions below) or by private transfer (see rates at bottom)
* Included in your package: transfer from Dozza hotel to Imola train station, from where you can take train to nearby Bologna (we will provide detailed instructions)
* Private transfer rates - see below

Once you book the tour we will send you detailed information and different options on how to get to the starting point and away from the ending point of the tour.

Private airport transfers (subject to change depending on flight time and delays):
- Bologna airport – hotel in Ravenna: € 155 (1-6 pax)
- Dozza - Bologna airport: €70 (1-3 pax) | € 85 (4-6 pax)

Long-term Parking options in Ravenna and Bologna: please see rates below and inquire for reservation instructions

- If you choose to drive to starting point in Ravenna and leave your car parked there, a parking lot costs €13 per day. You can return from ending point in Dozza by train (with one connection in Faenza) or by private transfer (please inquire for rates)

- If you choose to drive to Bologna and leave your car parked there (taking a train to tour starting point in Ravenna, with one connection in Faenza) a private, secure parking lot costs €12 per day.
Total Distance 194-272 km (120-169 miles), with choices for more
Daily Distance 40-70 km (25-46 miles) with optional rest days.

Difficulty description: Choices of easy rides on the flat or serious hill rides for those with energy to burn. Also a dream trip for those who want to alternate easy rides with more challenging rides.
Rating 101 to 201
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Notes Tour code: itbs3990
Navigation and roadbook:
Detailed daily information and route navigation are provided through a smartphone application. Our app allows you to download the information into your device, where you can access them 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.

For more information visit RideWithGPS Experiences.

GPS devices with pre-loaded routes are also available for rent - please inquire.


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 Prices Single Supplement
Dates Available March 1 to October 31, 2021

Starts every Sunday

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.


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 Dozza.

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 €575 per person

Single Supplement €150 fee for private, double room

€385 solo traveler fee (only one person on departure)
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