Self-guided cycling trip
- Cycling across Emilia Romagna's flatlands.
- Learning how precious Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena has been produced for centuries directly in a typical and beautiful Acetaia.
- Walking under Bologna colonnaded medieval grid and attend a cooking class where you will learn the secrets of local dishes.
- Enjoy dinners in typical Trattorias.
- Choose the hotel category you prefer.
- Leave all your worries at home and simply enjoy your trip thanks to our Support Service Plus, included the price.
Total distance: 313 km Day 1: Parma Individual arrival. Take some time to visit the city center, rich of art masterpieces, elegant parks and treasures from across the centuries. The city will welcome you with a refined atmosphere of a small capital. Overnight at the hotel in Parma. Day 2: Parma – Fontanellato – Parma (57 km) After breakfast, welcome briefing and bike delivery (if rented). You can now start your cycling adventure through the countryside on partially paved lanes. The first jewel you will meet is the village of San Secondo, where you will have the opportunity to visit a caseificio (cheese factory) where Parmigiano Reggiano is produced. The strict production regulations, the close connection to its land of origin, the use of raw milk and other natural ingredients (16 liters of milk are required to make 1 kg of Parmesan cheese) are the key features that make this cheese different from all imitations. Don’t miss a tasting! The itinerary continues towards Fontanellato where you will find the mighty fortress of San Vitale, a castle dating back to the 14th century and home to a great Parmigianino painting. Dinner in a typical Trattoria and overnight at the hotel in Parma. Day 3: Parma – Reggio Emilia (59 km) After having discovered the secrets of the making of Parmigiano Reggiano, now it's Parma Ham's turn. The delicate flavor, the slightly salty and fragrant aroma, are the results of the peculiar climate conditions in which this ham is dried and aged. The air of the region, scented by pinewoods and Versilia chestnuts growing on the hills surrounding the city of Parma, ensures the essential features of real Parma Ham. Continue on this pleasant route cycling through cultivated fields until you reach the ancient fortress of Montechiarugolo, overlooking the Enza river and the Castle of Montecchio, which was part of Matilda di Canossa Duchy's defense system. End this wonderful day with a ride across the city of Reggio Emilia. Enjoy the beautiful buildings and churches of the old town. Overnight at the hotel in Reggio Emilia. Day 4: Reggio Emilia – Carpi – Modena (57 km) Today’s route across the lowlands of the Po Valley will offer you many possibilities of visits and tastings. You will first reach the little town of Correggio, a prestigious small Renaissance court bearing the name of the famous painter born here. The itinerary continues across Lambrusco vineyards on the way to Carpi, a pearl of the Renaissance and home to the ancient Pio family. Experience the significant artistic heritage dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the beautiful Romanesque church known as La Sagra, the historic Deportation Museum and Piazza Martiri (the city square), the third largest in Italy with the theatre and the castle. The last 18 km will take you to Modena's city centre, with its monumental treasures: the Cathedral, Piazza Grande (the main square) and the Ghirlandina Tower, all belonging to UNESCO World Heritage. Dinner in a local Trattoria to taste the typical Gnocco e Tigelle and overnight at the hotel in Modena. Day 5: Modena – Vignola – Castelvetro – Modena (65 km) After breakfast, you will leave Modena riding on a cycle path tracing an historic railway route and taking to Spilamberto. Here you will have the possibility to visit an Acetaia, where the authentic Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena is produced, unlike any other vinegar, directly from the grapes juice. The route will take you then to Vignola, the city of cherries and Torta Barozzi, a local chocolate cake made with a secret recipe, closely guarded at the Caffè-Pasticceria Gollini, a traditional pastry shop located in the city center After a short visit to Vignola castle, offering a breathtaking view from its walkways and towers, you will then continue cycling on secondary roads up to the beautiful castle-village of Castelvetro, home to the renowned Lambrusco Grasparossa wine. In Castelvetro you will also have the possibility to stop at a local winery for some wine tasting. On the way back to Modena, possible stop at the Casa Museo of Luciano Pavarotti for a visit. Dinner is on your own. Overnight at the hotel in Modena. Day 6: Modena – Nonantola - Bologna (55 km) Before leaving Modena, take your time to visit the Enzo Ferrari Museum, then start following the cycle path leading out of Modena and along the banks of the Secchia river, between the countryside and the vineyards. The first possible stop of the day will be in Nonantola to visit the beautiful Abbey, an important masterpiece of Romanesque style, founded in 752 by Saint Anselmo, and recently restored. The Abbey is located along the Via Romea Nonantolana, the route followed by pilgrims around the year 1000 to reach Rome. You will finally enter Bologna via the Navile cycle path. Once in Bologna, don't miss a stroll under the the wonderful colonnaded medieval grid and a visit to the beautiful historic centre with its towers, the Duomo and the market. In the evening, possibility to attend a cooking class (not included) and learn how to prepare traditional local dishes. Dinner in a typical Trattoria or at the Cooking School and overnight at the hotel in Bologna. Day 7: Bologna (20 km) After breakfast, a half-day cycling will provide a tour of Bologna. In the afternoon, enjoy a stroll in the beautiful city center famous for its nearly 40 km of arcades, the longest in the world. Don't miss Piazza Maggiore, where medieval palaces and towers overlook the energetic daily life and commercial activities. When you will be ready to relax, indulge yourself with a slice of mortadella and a glass of Pignoletto wine in one one the bars in the narrow lanes of the historic centre. Definitely the best way to end your trip! In the evening, possibility to attend a cooking class (not included) and learn how to prepare traditional local dishes. Dinner in a typical Trattoria or at the Cooking School and overnight at the hotel in Bologna. Day 8: Bologna After breakfast, end of services.
Terrain: flat to hilly terrain with some gentle climbs and descents. Average length of stage: 57 to 68 km per day. Roads: 90% asphalt, 10% unpaved and trails. Difference in heights levels:
Number of participants: minimum 2.
Luggage transport: yes.
Suitable for children: yes, over 13 years old
Rental bikes for 2019: new 24 speeds aluminum unisex bikes (for up to 175 cm.) or diamond frame bikes (for 175 cm. and above), disc brakes, front suspension, anti-puncture tires, gel saddle, ergonomic handlebar grips, lateral pannier bag, handlebar bag. Possibility to hire helmets at the cost of €15 (to be booked in advance and paid locally). Rental contact to be signed on the spot.
Briefing: On Day 2 we will meet you at the hotel to deliver the roadbook (if booked) and the bikes (if rented) and provide general information on the route.
Beginning of the tour: in Parma. No cycling tour is planned for day 1.
Parking: private garage at 300 meters from the hotel, the cost is about €12/day per car.
End of the tour: in Bologna, after breakfast of day 8.
Return transfer: at the end of the circuit you can take a train back to Parma (approximately 1h15, price is of approximately 8€ per person); if you bring your own bikes, note that many regional trains will allow your bike onboard with payment of a small supplement.
Hotline: 7/7 service.
Dietary requirements: in case of food intolerances, allergies or any other dietary restrictions, please let us know at the moment of your reservation.
Animals: not admitted.
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Duration: 8 days/7 nights (6 cycling days)
Departures: on Sundays from 03/03 to 30/06/2019 and from 01/09 to 10/11/2019
|Prices per person €||Cat. STANDARD||Cat. DELUXE|
|Tour in double room||855||1175|
|Suppl. single room||200||535|
|Suppl. bike rental||90||90|
|Suppl. E-bike rental||220||220|
|Cooking class in Bologna*||175 (min. 2 pax)||98 (min. 4 pax)|
|Extra night in Parma double room B&B||49||64|
|Extra night in Parma single room B&B||94||121|
|Extra night in Bologna double room B&B||59||117|
|Extra night in Bologna single room B&B||98||204|
By plane: Bologna airport. You can check international connections and flight schedules at www.bologna-airport.it. Nearby airports are also Milan and Parma: both offer shuttle service to the railway station. By car: itineraries available on www.google.com/maps. By train: many train connections are possible among Parma, Bologna and Milan. Timetables and reservations at www.trenitalia.com.