Self-guided cycling tour

The Eurovelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena follows one of the biggest pilgrimage routes of Europe. Via Romea Francigena travelled all the way to Rome from Northern Europe. The full itinerary starts from Canterbury and leads to Rome, the very heart of the Catholic church, and then Brindisi, where people used to set sail for Holy Land.Today’s cycle route is 3300 km long and connects 7 different European countries and 21 UNESCO world heritage sites. This new route is intended to cycle through the ancient pathway of the pilgrims. Along the way, there are many historical sites dating back to the Middle Age, as this tour sums up the rich cultural heritage pertaining to this road. In the stretch of route from Milan to Parma, you can encounter some of the milestones in the way of an ancient pilgrim: the Cathedrals of Milan and Fidenza, the Basilica of St. Anthony in Piacenza, the  Certosa of Pavia, the abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba, the Cathedral ad Battistero di Parma and many more. The itinerary we suggest starts and ends in two important historical Italian cities, respectively Milan and Parma, and offers the chance to discover the lowlands characterizing this area. Agriculture and breeding have only been  thriving in this area, offering you a unique chance to taste some of the most known Italian specialties: Parmigiano cheese , Parma ham, Culatello, Gutturnio wine are only a few. The tour appeals to everyone; the terrain is gently hilly and flat and routes are not too long.
Total km 170 Day 1: Individual arrival in Milan We suggest you to take the time to visit the magnificent gothic cathedral, the 3rd largest Cristian church in the world, Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, the Scala Theatre and the square, Sempione Park, Sforza Castle, Corso Vittorio Emanuele and one of the most famous shopping streets of the city: Via Monte Napoleone. Do not miss Navigli district, ideal for an aperitivo or dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Milan. Day 2: Milan - Pavia (37 km) Heading out of Milan, you’ll cycle through the countryside, along the Parco Agricolo Sud, a regional park focusing on the development and safeguard of local agriculture. You will see a delightful landscape divided between land and water. Along the path, you can stop and visit the Certosa of Pavia, a 14th century abbey a few kilometers out of the present city of Pavia. Once you arrive in the city itself, discover its rich history through the visit to the Visconti Castle and the BasilicaDinner and overnight at the hotel in Pavia. Day 3: Pavia – Orio Litta (52 km) After breakfast, you can further discover Pavia’s city center with the majestic castle built by Galeazzo Visconti in 1360 and the cathedral. Your itinerary then goes through the Basso Pavese lowlands and follows the River Ticino first and the River Po later, the longest river in Italy from which, thanks to the constant flow of debris from the Alps, the lowlands took shape. Arriving in Orio Litta, visit the Grangia Benedettina, an ancient abbey dating back to 1000 AD, and the beautiful Villa Litta. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Orio Litta. Day 4: Orio Litta - Fiorenzuola (57 Km) After breakfast, the itinerary, on a gravel path, leads to Guado of Corte Sant’Andrea, where pilgrims would ford the River Po. From here, you’ll go on cycling following the right bank of Po River, till San Rocco al Porto and then Piacenza. We suggest you visiting the roman Basilica of St. Savino and seeing the mosaics dating back to 12th century. Then, you’ll cycle through the countryside along the ancient Roman road Via Emilia; here you can visit Paderna castle. Minor roads will lead you to Fiorenzuola. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Fiorenzuola. Day 5: Fiorenzuola - Parma (54 Km) Following the cycle path leading out of Fiorenzuola, you’ll encounter the Cistercian Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba, and its suggestive cloister. The route goes then on cycling through minor roads up to Fidenza: the roman St. Donnino Cathedral is worth visiting. You’ll cross the Regional Park of the River Taro  and you will arrive in Parma. You can visit the Cathedral and the famous Badessa’s Room, painted by Correggio, the Baptistery, commissioned to Benedetto Antelami, the precious works by Parmigianino in the National Gallery and the Farnese TheatreDinner in a typical trattoria and overnight at the hotel in Parma. Day 6: Parma Tour ends after breakfast.
Grading: 1,5 Terrain: flat to hilly terrain with some gentleclimbs and descents. Average length of stage: from 35 to 57 km al giorno. Roads: 60% asphalt, 40% unpaved and trails Difference levels:
D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6
Difference in height, in ascent x flat flat flat flat x
Difference in height, in descent x flat flat flat flat x
KM x 37 52 57 54 x
Number of participants: minimum 2 Bike: aluminum bikes (men and women) with 21 speeds, free wheel, 1 big pannier bag, frontal road books support. Beginning of the tour: Milan. No cycling tour is planned for this day. End of the tour: Parma, after breakfast. Return transfer: private transfer from Parma to Milan is possible on request (journey about 1h40 ; the ticket costs about 11€ per pax) Most of the trains have bike transport (with a small extra charge). Luggage transport: yes Children : with a minimum age of 13 Animals: not accepted.  

Duration: 6 days/5 nights (4 cycling days)

Departures: Departures 2019: 12/05; 30/06; 01/09; 27/10

Price per person in  
Tour in double room 847
Suppl. single room 220
Suppl. bike rental 77
Suppl. E-bike rental 176
Included: accommodation in hotel 3* in double en-suite room, B&B service, a dinner in Parma, luggage transport; Verde Natura App : download on your smartphone your tour map and itinerary, with points of interest, services and GPS position. The App provides GPS tracks that can also be used offline. Health/luggage insurance with EuropAssistance 24/24. Not included: travel to Milan from Parma, lunches, dinners (except the one in Parma), drinks, bike rental, transfer by train; insurance; entrance fees, tickets, tastings, tourist taxes and everything not specified as “included”.  
By plane: Milano has 2 airports. You can check international connections and flight schedule on  www.sea-aeroportimilano.it/ By train: many train connections possible for Milan. Timetables and reservation on www.trenitalia.com By car:  itineraries available on www.google.com/maps.
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