Italy - Emilia Romagna: Parma to Bologna (self guided)

Self guided cycling, art and gastronomy tour in the Emilia Romagna Region.
  1. 1 Parma Parma

    Day 1 : PARMA

    Individual arrival in Parma. Visit Parma's city center where you will find masterpieces of art, open green spaces, and significant treasures from across the ages. This city welcomes visitors into the refined atmosphere of a small capital. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Parma.

  2. 2 Parma 57 or 70 km Parma

    Day 2 : PARMA - SORAGNA - FONTANELLATO - PARMA (57 or 70 km)

    After breakfast cycle through the countryside along partially paved lanes and past the Paradigna Cistercian abbey, celebrated by Stendhal as the Certosa di Parma. Enter San Secondo where you have the opportunity to visit a "caseificio", a cheese factory where Parmigiano Reggiano is produced. Parmesan, one of the most ancient cheeses, is still produced with the same traditional care taken eight centuries ago. The strict production regulations, the close link to the land of its origin, the use of raw milk and other natural ingredients (16 liters of milk are required to make 1 kg of Parmesan!) are key features which distinguish this cheese from the imitations. Don't miss a tasting!

    Soragna also offers many good reasons to stop: the Parmigiano Reggiano Museum, the Nicola dell'Abate's frescoes and English garden of Meli Lupi Rocca. Continue towards Fontanellato where you will find the mighty fortress of San Vitale, a castle dating back to XIV° century and home to a great Parmigianino painting. Dinner in a typical trattoria. Overnight in Parma.

  3. 3 Parma 59 or 71 km Reggio Emilia

    Day 3 : PARMA - LANGHIRANO -  REGGIO EMILIA (59 or 71 km)

    Discover the precise area where Parmigiano is produced along with the famous Parma ham. Parma's delicate flavor, slightly salty with fragrant aroma, is the result of the particular climate conditions in which this ham is dried and aged. The air of the region, scented by the pine woods and Versilia chestnuts of the Parma hills and balanced by the mountains of Cisa, produce the essential features of real Parma Ham. In Langhirano you can visit a "prosciutto". For a taste of history do not miss Torrechiara castle. Set on a high perch overlooking the Parma valley, this structure dating back to 1460, is one of the best preserved fortifications in the region. Continue this pleasant route through cultivated fields until you reach the ancient fortress of Montechiarugola overlooking the river Enza and the castle of Montecchio, part of Matilda di Canossa's duchy defense system. End your day with a ride through the city of Reggio Emilia; enjoy the beautiful buildings and churches in old town. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Reggio Emilia.

  4. 4 Reggio Emilia 57 km Modena

    Day 4 : REGGIO EMILIA - CARPI - MODENA (57 km)

    Today's route through the countryside of the Po Valley will offer many possibilities for tours and tastings. First arrive at Correggio, a prestigious small Renaissance court bearing the name of the famous painter born here. Continue through the vineyards of Lambrusco di Santa Croce DOP on the way to Carpi, a pearl of the Renaissance and ancient home to the Pio lords. Experience the significant artistic heritage of this city dating back to the Middle Ages. Visit the beautiful Romanesque church known as "La Sagra", the historic Deportation Museum, and the city square, the third largest in Italy and the site of the great castle. Cycle the last 18 km to arrive at the day's destination, Modena. This city offers extraordinary beauty concentrated in its graceful historic center. UNESCO has acknowledged the universal value of the city's monumental treasures by designating the Cathedral, Piazza Grande, and the Ghirlandina Tower UNESCO World Heritage. Piazza Grande is the heart of life in Modena and the place where the most significant and most-loved monuments are located. The Cathedral, one of the finest masterpieces of European Romanesque, is the work of great architect Lanfranco and master sculptor Wiligelmo. Dinner in a local trattoria to experience the typical plate "Gnocco e Tigella". Overnight in Modena.

  5. 5 Modena 65km Modena

    Day 5 : MODENA - VIGNOLA - CASTELVETRO - MODENA (65 km)

    After breakfast depart Modena via the cycle path tracing an historic railway route to Spilamberto. Here you can visit an "acetaia", a factory where the authentic Balsamic Vinegar is produced. This vinegar, proudly receiving PDO status in 2000, is unique among the worlds vinegar-based seasonings. Unlike other vinegars which are produced from an alcoholic liquid, Balsamic Vinegar is produced directly from the juice of the grape. Continue to Vignola, the city of cherries and the famous Barozzi cake. Savor a slice of cake at the celebrated Gollini pastry and take a stroll to the mighty castle. This fortress is open to visitors and offers amazing views of the surrounding landscape from its walkways and towers. Continue on small roads to the town of Castelvetro renowned for the PDO Lambrusco wine. Stop at a winery and enjoy a tasting. After passing Formigine, the route returns to Modena. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Modena.

  6. 6 Modena 68 km Bologna

    Day 6 : MODENA - NONANTOLA - BOLOGNA (68 km)

    Follow the cycle path leading out of Modena along the banks of the river Secchia through countryside and vineyards. The first stop is in Nonantola to visit the Abbey. Dating back to XII° century, this Romanesque masterpiece lies along the Romea Nonantolana route followed by Pilgrims around the year 1000 as they traveled to Rome. This area, dotted with manor houses and Romanesque churches, offers many options for tasting authentic Aceto Balsamico as you continue to San Giovanni in Persiceto. Follow the Navile cyclepath through Sala Bolognese an on to Bologna. Dinner in a typical fattoria. Overnight in Bologna.

  7. 7 Bologna 20 Bologna

    Day 7 : BOLOGNA (20km)

    After breakfast a half-day of cycling will provide a tour of Bologna. In the afternoon you are free to enjoy a stroll in the beautiful city center famous for its nearly 40 km arcades, the longest in the world. Nicknamed "The Learned" for its old University, and "The Fat" for its food tradition, the city is also a "UNESCO Creative City of Music". It has one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval historical centers filled with restaurants, taverns, theaters and shops. Piazza Maggiore, where medieval palaces overlook energetic daily life and economic activity, offers a prime view of this beautiful city. History combines perfectly with the present while preserving antique charm. Among the symbols of Bologna are the medieval towers, particularly the magnificent Two Towers: Asinelli tower (98 m) and neighboring "twin" Garisenda (48 m, mentioned in Dante's Inferno). When you are ready to relax, indulge yourself with a slice of mortadella and a glass of Sangiovese wine! The best way to end your trip. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Bologna.

  8. 8 Bologna Bologna

    Day 8 : BOLOGNA

    After breakfast the tour ends.

PRICES 2017: 

STANDARD CATEGORY (per person)
Tour in double room:  € 660
Suppl. single room:   € 180
Extra night in Parma dbl B&B:   € 44
Extra night in Parma sgl B&B:   €79
Extra night in Bologna dbl B&B: €53
Extra night in Bologna sgl B&B: €88
(STANDARD category : 3* HOTELS)


DELUXE CATEGORY (per person)
Tour in double room:  € 920
Suppl. single room:   € 455
Extra night in Parma dbl B&B:   € 57
Extra night in Parma sgl B&B:   €111
Extra night in Bologna dbl B&B: €103
Extra night in Bologna sgl B&B: €176
(STANDARD category : 4* HOTELS)

Suppl. bike rental: € 80
Suppl. E-bike rental: € 200

Included: accommodation according to the chosen category , double room with bath; 7 breakfasts, 3 typical dinners in local trattoria; tourist taxes , luggage transport, road book and informative material, phone number for assistance.

Not included: travel to Parma and from Bologna, lunches, 4 dinners, drinks, bike rental, public transports; and entrance fees, tastings, tickets, insurance, and everything not specified as “Included".

Departures:
Saturdays from 04/03 up to 28/10/2017

  1. Italy - Emilia Romagna (Self Guided) - GENERAL INFO

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    - Parking: private garage 300 meters from the hotel, the cost is about €12/day per car. - Briefing: at 18.00 on Day 1
    - Briefing: at 9 am on Day 2 we will meet you at the hotel to deliver the road book and the bikes (if rented) and provide general information on the route.
    - Return transfer: at the end of the circuit you can go back to Parma by train (approximately 1h15, price is appr. 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.
    - Airport: nearby airports are Milan, Parma and Bologna ; all offer shuttle service to the railway station. There are many trains (with option to carry bikes onboard) connecting Milano, Parma and Bologna.

  2. Italy - Emilia Romagna (Self Guided) - CYCLING INFO

    CYCLING INFO

    Terrain characteristics: flat to hilly terrain with some gentle climbs and descents.
    Average length of stage: 57 to 68 km per day.
    Roads: 90% asphalt, 20% unpaved and trails.
    Number of participants: minimum 2
    Bike: city bike
    Luggage transport: yes

GENERAL INFORMATION

- Parking: private garage 300 meters from the hotel, the cost is about €12/day per car. - Briefing: at 18.00 on Day 1
- Briefing: at 9 am on Day 2 we will meet you at the hotel to deliver the road book and the bikes (if rented) and provide general information on the route.
- Return transfer: at the end of the circuit you can go back to Parma by train (approximately 1h15, price is appr. 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.
- Airport: nearby airports are Milan, Parma and Bologna ; all offer shuttle service to the railway station. There are many trains (with option to carry bikes onboard) connecting Milano, Parma and Bologna.

CYCLING INFO

Terrain characteristics: flat to hilly terrain with some gentle climbs and descents.
Average length of stage: 57 to 68 km per day.
Roads: 90% asphalt, 20% unpaved and trails.
Number of participants: minimum 2
Bike: city bike
Luggage transport: yes