Day 1 Parma
Arrive Parma. Welcome meeting at 6 pm followed by dinner.
Day 2 Parma Circuit ride (57 km)
cycle through the countryside and past the Paradigna Cistercian abbey. Enroute visit a “caseificio”, a cheese factory where Parmigiano Reggiano is produced. Continue to Fontanellato to view the fortress of San Vitale. Return to Parma.
Day 3 Parma – Reggio Emilia (74 km)
Cycle the land of famous Parma ham and stop for a tasting at an ‘agriturismo’. Continue to Torrechiara castle then through fields to the ancient fortress of Montechiarugola and the castle of Montecchio. Arrive Reggio Emilia, with time to see the charming Old Town.
Day 4 Reggio Emilia - Modena (57 km)
Cycle to Carreggio then through the vineyards of Lambrusco di Santa Croce DOP on the way to Carpi, a pearl of the Renaissance. Arrive Modena. Amongst its treasures are the Cathedral, Piazza Grande, and the Ghirlandina Tower, both UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Day 5 Modena - Vignola - Castelvetro - Modena (65 km)
Cycle to an “acetaia” where authentic Balsamic Vinegar is produced. Continue to Vignola where amazing views can be had from its castle fortress of the surrounding landscape. Stop for a wine tasting of Lambrusco wine at Castelvetro then return to Modena with a stop at Pavarotti’s house. Tonight savour ‘gnocco e tigelle’, a typical dish.
Day 6 Modena - Nonantola - Bologna (68 km)
Leave Modena and cycle to the 12C Romanesque abbey at Nonantolana followed by a tasting at a local wine cellar in Persiceto. Bike on a scenic cycle path to Bologna. For our farewell evening we will share a cooking class of typical Bolognese dishes and dine on our efforts after.
Day 7 Bologna
Arrangements end. Perhaps extend your stay I this interesting city.
Self-Guided option follows the same itinerary but has an extra night in Bologna.
Easy to moderate. Flat to hilly with some gentle ascents.
The Emilia Romagna region offers many of Italy’s finest Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO) products: Parmigiano Reggiano, Modena authentic Balsamic Vinegar, Parma ham, DOCG classified wines, traditional hand-made stuffed pasta. An easy cycling journey through this area enables you to enjoy these specialties onsite directly from the producers, while dinners on the tour will include extraordinary local dishes made according to tradition. Via Emilia is the theme of this trip. This Roman road, built in 187 BC, gave rise to important cities such as Bologna, Modena and Parma at a time when the greatest artists and architects worked in this domain. On this bike tour you will experience what makes this region so special: the preservation of historical and artistic heritage, the pleasure of good food and wine, plus the love of good music.
- Parma, with its cathedral and Abbess room displaying Correggio’s frescoes plus where the famous ancient cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano is produced
- Reggio Emilia – Parma ham awaits
- Modena’s well preserved medieval centre a World Heritage Site, Romanesque Cathedral and home to balsamic vinegar
- Bologna’s 40 km of medieval and Renaissance porticos, palaces and medieval towers