Italy - Emilia Romagna: Parma to Bologna

Art and Fine Gastronomy in Emilia Romagna Region: Parma to Modena to Bologna
  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 treasures from across the ages. Welcome meeting at 6pm, briefing, bike delivery. Typical dinner in a trattoria. Overnight in Parma.

  2. 2 Parma 57 km Parma

    Day 2 : PARMA - Parmigiano tasting - FONTANELLATO - PARMA (57 km)

    After breakfast we cycle through the countryside along partially paved lanes and past the Paradigna Cistercian abbey, celebrated by Stendhal as the Certosa di Parma. We enter San Secondo where we will 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. Don't miss the tasting! We continue towards Fontanellato where you will find the mighty fortress of San Vitale. Return in Parma and dinner in a typical trattoria. Overnight in Parma.

  3. 3 Parma 68 km Reggio Emilia

    Day 3 : PARMA - LANGHIRANO - Parma ham tasting - REGGIO EMILIA (68 km)

    Today we will discover the land 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. In Langhirano we will visit a "prosciuttificio" and taste the ham. For a taste of history do not miss Torrechiara castle instead. We 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. We end our day with a ride through the city of Reggio Emilia, enjoying the beautiful buildings and churches in old town. Dinner in a typical trattoria. Overnight in Reggio Emilia.

  4. 4 Reggio Emilia 57 km Modena

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

    Today's route through the countryside of the Po Valley will offer many possibilities for tours and tastings. First stop is in Correggio, a small Renaissance court bearing the name of the famous painter born there. We 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. 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. Cooking lesson and dinner. Overnight in Modena

  5. 5 Modena 63km Modena

    Day 5 : MODENA - balsamic vinegar tasting - VIGNOLA - CASTELVETRO - wine tasting - MODENA - gnocco e tigelle tasting (63 km)

    After breakfast depart from Modena to Spilamberto. Here we will visit an "acetaia", where the authentic Balsamic Vinegar is produced. This vinegar, proudly receiving PDO status in 2000, is unique among the worlds vinegar-based seasonings. 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 to enjoy a tasting. After passing Formigine, the route returns to Modena. Stop at Luciano Pavarotti's house. Dinner in a local trattoria to experience the typical dish "Gnocco e Tigelle". 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 trattoria. Overnight in Bologna.

  7. 7 Bologna Bologna

    Day 7 : BOLOGNA

    After breakfast end of services.
    If you have time you are free to take a walk 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. 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.

PRICES 2017:
STANDARD CATEGORY (per person)

min 6 participants: € 1170
Suppl. min 4 participants: € 90
Suppl. Suppl. single room:   € 180
(STANDARD category : 3* HOTELS)

DELUXE CATEGORY (per person)
min 6 participants: € 1430
>Suppl. min 4 participants: €100
Suppl.single room: €375
(STANDARD category : 4* HOTELS)

Bike rental: € 90
E-bike rental: € 200

Included: accommodation according to the chosen category , double room with bath, 7 breakfasts, 5 typical dinners; tastings and cooking lesson following the program, tourist taxes, luggage transport, tour guide, assistance.

Not included: travel to Parma and from Bologna, lunches, 1 dinner, drinks, bike rental, public transports; and entrance fees, tickets, insurance, and everything not specified as “Included".

2017 Departures

STANDARD category:
04/03 - 18/03 - 01/04 - 13/05 - 27/05 - 10/06 - 24/06 - 19/08 - 02/09 - 16/09 - 14/10 - 28/10

DELUXE category:
11/03 - 25/03 - 08/04 - 06/05 - 20/05 - 17/06 - 12/08 - 26/08 - 09/09 30/09 - 07/10 - 21/10

  1. Italy - Emilia Romagna - CYCLING INFO

    CYCLING INFO

    Grading: easy to moderate
    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.
    Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
    Number of participants: minimum 6
    Bike: city bike
    Luggage transport: yes

  2. Italy - Emilia Romagna - 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
    - 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.

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
- 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.